flash drive or cd's???

Philippines
April 16, 2009 6:17am CST
Well, my superior ask me where should we put away our school files stored in a computer (sort of to make it a back-up in case something goes wrong with the pc) and still make it readily available for future reference. I am thinking of putting all the files in a Flash Drive (removable drive) and keep it in safe place but I am also contemplating about putting it in cd's. If you were to decide, should I put it in cd's or flash drive. Please let me know your opinion, thanks in advance!
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@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
16 Apr 09
Flash drives (external hard drives for larger storage capabilities) are smaller and easier to use. The Flash drives or external drives will save you time when transferring files and will cost you less in the long run as you won't have to pay for new CDs/DVDs or storage of additional CDs/DVDs. Don't forget the cost of the CD/DVD burner and software (if you pay for software ). You also have to avoid scratching CDs/DVDs and cleaning may be necessary. CDs/DVDs are an outdated mode of storing data. Why don't you have at least one USB flash drive already? They are small and can easily fit into your pocket or on your keychain. Storage capacity is significant, upto 32GB models are available in my area. Cheers.
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• Philippines
17 Apr 09
I do have flash drive but for personal use only and not for office files...however, I think I have to agree with you that purchasing a new flash drive for the office use is way affordable than buying many cd's
@jlkiam (1)
• United States
16 Apr 09
the best option would be a portable hard drive. this will have as much space as needed to store around 500gb of info. it is compact and portable and can be pluged into most computers through a usb port
• India
16 Apr 09
it is not possible to keep so much amount of data in cd's but if u have a dvd writer than it can be done on a dvd , well because dvd's r more reliable for storing data for a long time . but if u don't have a dvd writer then surely u will have to go for a flash drive .
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• China
16 Apr 09
I made a decision to buy a removable drive (160G) finally last week.i think it is not secutity enough that many useful and very important data store in the computer.once computer broken all the data is lost,it will be a very horror.i can not allow it happen.So i back up my all data in the removable drive . Before i bought removable drive ,i always burn my very important data on the Cd.but Cd always has a capacity of 700M which is small.If i back up all data it request many Cds.To be honest Cd is more stable than removable drive .
@silverglint (2001)
• Philippines
17 Apr 09
I considered using CDs before but my problems is my files keep changing everyday, so if I burn at least one CD per week (assuming all my files would fit only one CD, which I don't think it will...) I will eventually end up with a stack of CDs with old files and I don't know what to do with it. I like the idea of the flash disk and removable hard disk because you can easily update the contents of your back up.
• Philippines
17 Apr 09
I think you're right! Come to think of it, we update data every month and even when there is a need to do so...even burning it in a re-writable cd's would be quite tasking too. Thank you for pointing that out!
@flagella08 (5069)
• Philippines
16 Apr 09
well, it would be nice to have lots of back ups. burn at least 3 cds so that you won't regret if one cd would belost. the disadvantage of storing it in flashdiscs is that this can be attacked by virus or will be hidden by viruses and you will have no way to recover it. worst, you need to reformat the flashdisc and lost your files.avoid crying a river of tears. by the way, are you a taecher?
• Philippines
17 Apr 09
yes I am a teacher, i am teaching high school mathematics. Are you a teacher too?
@emojboy (632)
• Philippines
21 Apr 09
It is better to use cd or dvd because it is read only. You cannot accidentally change the data stored in the cd or dvd recordable. It is also nice to use flash disk usb mass storage you can add up files and change data in the flash disk drive. The better way to do is use external hard disk for your back up because it has large disk space and capacity.
@fsound (757)
• Philippines
20 Apr 09
Backing it up on a CD is the best way to backup your files. Having a backup on both flash drive and on the is also a good idea. Or if you have an external that's way much better. Make sure you have backups from different medias in case there's a data loss.
@mapuang (612)
• Philippines
17 Apr 09
i think its safe in cd rather than flash drive because flasdrive is easily get a virus unlike the cd but of course be sure if you save it in cd it store in good place.
@dante_off (607)
• India
17 Apr 09
See actually it depends on various factors.... The amount of data you want to back up,the available resource and the usability frequency of the data to be backed up... See flash drive isn't bad... Actually when you are going for back up of some pretty important stuff....its always better to have a hard copy, and that according to me is DVD5....or else you can use DVD9 also.... Flash Drives are very risky to store since the data in it might get corrupted and you may lose the data in it... So according to me go for hard copies i.e. DVDs And about frequent use of the data (scratch problem): After backing up the data copy those files to the computer and use from it.... Store the DVDs under good conditions and it can last for years....!!! ~Cheerio~
• Philippines
17 Apr 09
i guess, it is better to save it in a cd. because flash drive can easily be infected by viruses than cd's... so better have your back up in cd..
@Reyah23 (641)
• Philippines
17 Apr 09
flash drive is more indemand now. So i suggest that you use flash drive.
@rakesh284 (1473)
• India
17 Apr 09
I have always preferred flash drive (pen drive, removable drive or thumb drive). I have purchased it when I was in college and was always using it to do data transaction. It is always preferable over CD's. It is more faster with extra portability and far more long life then CD's. I don't even remember that I have ever used CD's in my college because every time it was my flash drive. Still I am using it.
@pink_lady (361)
• Philippines
17 Apr 09
In our house, we back-up files into CDs. We have also our flash drive but i am more comfortable to copy files to CD's. Once my sister back-up her files on her Flash Drive always. Then there comes a time that she cannot open the said flash drive, so it is so humiliating for her. And I read before that copying files to your flash drives and you use it often it is open for viruses. As well for CD's that you can organize it, putting labels in it and thats it. But for me, i copy my files on both. Just to make sure it wont be lost.
@jianhuai (18)
• China
17 Apr 09
i like with cd depositing the backup,like this compares the security
@yoyozhou (356)
• China
17 Apr 09
If I were you,I will put it both in cd's and flash drive.I thine that is a safest way to keep the files.
@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
17 Apr 09
I think it is better to store your fileson a flash drive. I think it is more durable than cds. Cds are very prone to scratches and most of the time, these scratches damages your cds and the files in it. Flash drives on the other hand is more solid. Plus, you can update the files inside easily without trouble. I think it is more dynamic than a cd. If you can afford it, why not use both? Black cds are pretty cheap so if you're on a tight budget, you can use the cd at least for the mean time. Flash drives comes in larger capacity so you won't be needing a lot of it to store your files as they grow.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
16 Apr 09
If you're keeping your school files so that you could later access it not so often, then I would advise you to burn it on a CD-R rather than use a flash drive. Saving your files on a flash drive could risk it from being infected with virus. But if you're going to access it frequently then flash drive is a good choice because of its portability. As the number of your school files increase why not opt for a CD-R. By using it your files can't be deleted accidentally compare to a CD-RW or flash drive. Better yet why not use DVD-R since you'll be able to store more compare to a CD-R. I hope my advice would be of great help to you.
@drdivu (1011)
• India
16 Apr 09
i guess u can keep it in both, cds and flash drive...its better actually..