OT: are usb flash drives suitable archival media?

Michael Hennebry hennebry at web.cs.ndsu.NoDak.edu
Mon Nov 26 20:23:04 UTC 2007

On Mon, 26 Nov 2007, Bill Davidsen wrote:
> *Note*: unless a copy is stored off-site, it's not a backup it's an
> archive. Think fire, flood, theft, untrusted employee, idiot relative, etc.

Of course, different degrees of off-site
get you different degrees of protection.

Simply having it on a no longer recordable
medium will protect it from some mistakes.

Taking it out of the computer will protect it from a computer meltdown;
though not if the meltdown destroys the room.
A lock would help protect it from thieves and idiot relatives.

Taking it to the next room could help it survive
a meltdown that destroys the computer room.
It would also be farther from idiot relatives and some thieves.

Of course, if you want to protect it from fire
or other things that might destroy the building,
you need another building.

Mike   hennebry at web.cs.ndsu.NoDak.edu
"Horse guts never lie."  -- Cherek Bear-Shoulders

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