OT: are usb flash drives suitable archival media?
Robin.Laing at drdc-rddc.gc.ca
Tue Nov 27 21:45:04 UTC 2007
Bill Davidsen wrote:
> Dave Stevens wrote:
>> your thought? tests? reviews?
> Since you ask, my current choice is DVD, using the dvdisaster system of
> software assisted error recovery. Nothing is perfect, but a verified DVD
> with software error recovery assist and good storage procedures is about
> is cost effective as anything you would get on a flash drive, and a hell
> of a lot less likely to be accidentally overwritten.
> *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.
For archival, DVD is cost effective. Flash drives are not.
I have just had my second flash drive fail on me. I was lucky enough to
be able to mount it on one computer and only one port on that computer
would allow it to be mounted.
I wouldn't trust any flash drive at this time.
I would purchase a HD and use that. Of course, hard drives will fail if
they are not run up regularly.
My preferred method is to create the backup and then create par2 files
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