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    Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    Well, It's time for me to get a zip drive or something to put a zillion pictures and stuff on.

    What do you recommed as a back up drive? Are zip disks still the best way to go? or is there something new and wonderful out there?

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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    arn't CD's and DVD's pretty much the universal way to backup data these days o_o

    I haven't used a zip drive since the late 90's

    Zip drive is mostly useful if your planning to have something that works like a somewhat larger floppy but if your just backing stuff up and not moving it around alot CD's are a much better solution as they're much cheaper compared to the amount of space you get on each, I can't see much justification for getting a Zip anymore (hardly anyone I know has the drive anyways which limits the usefullness of the disks)

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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    burdned CD's and DVD's don't last forever. You can get a decent sized portable hard drive for cheap. And then you can store that somewhere else if you're worried about a flood/fire/theft.
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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    I just have tons of pictures and videos - and I'd like to store them all in one place, not on 100 different cd's. But, I would also like to be able to move them between a few different computers.

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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    Quote Originally Posted by Crazybirdman View Post
    burdned CD's and DVD's don't last forever. You can get a decent sized portable hard drive for cheap. And then you can store that somewhere else if you're worried about a flood/fire/theft.

    neither does a portable hard drive -_^ if you take good care of things they will last a long time

    a burned CD or DVD will last quite a few decades assuming your not scratching it up or putting chemicals on it or something

    hard drives are just as if not more sceptable to damage depending on the type of use we're talking about

    a USB harddrive is another fairly decent and universal way to transfer data around though



    it all really depends on how MUCH video you have and in what form you'd want to store it

    burnable DVD's are getting fairly cheep now and I'd doubt you need 100 of them (of course burned DVD's have limited compatability with older DVD players)

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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    I would recommend that you get an external, portable, USB drive. That seems to be very popular these days. It's very small (Pocket size) and you plug it into the USB Drive in the back of your computer. I have one where you can store 128 MB of space on it. I got it a few years ago and it still works. Plus it can't be demagnetized by static, unlike the Zip Drives/Zip Disks. Years ago I went into the local computer shop to get another zip drive, but they recommended that those weren't worth the money and the portable USB drives were better. I think they were right .

    You can store pics and upload them onto other computers. I put the images on my computer onto the USB card and then upload them onto other computers through Photobucket .
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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    This isn't the kind that I use, but here is an example of what I am talking about:
    http://www.dvd-and-media.com/portable-usb-drives.htm

    This is a quote describing the third USB drive displayed on the website's list:
    Verbatim Portable USB Drive
    • Store ’n’ Go™ USB drives makes transporting and sharing files simple and convenient without a CD, DVD or Floppy Disk drive – just a PC with a USB port
    • Ultra Slim Product Design for stacked USB ports
    • Security feature to protect sensitive data
    • Lanyard and Personal Identification Labels
    • Supports over 1 Million write/erase cycles
    • Enhanced Data Integrity (Reads data more accurately)
    • Verbatim Limited Lifetime Warranty

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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    I have a 1 gb jump drive. I just didn't think it was a very permanent way to store things.

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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    Use an external hard drive. They can add 100's of gigabytes to your backup disposal. You'll generally find them at about $0.50 per gig (100GB for $200), but the good deals bring them to about 30cents/gig.

    Here's an incredibly cheap 500GB external hard drive: click
    Here's one that holds 120GB, but is extremely small, wallet size: clickety
    Dealnews.com is the site I get all of my electronic deals from. Here's the "External Storage" section, if you want to compare other deals: clickorama.

    And just as a side note, these two are USB 2.0 models. Nearly every computer for the past few years should come with USB 2.0. The only other modern option is Firewire (which is preferable for speed), but not all computers have it. If you do, then I suggest getting a combo drive (Firewire/USB 2.0). You have Firewire for incredible writing speed at home, and USB 2.0 for compatibility with other computers.

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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    An external hard drive is fine, but if you're looking to just back up stuff for later retrieval, go with DVD-ROMs....cheap, portable, and durable.

    I wouldn't consider an external harddrive or a USB flash device unless you plan on constantly accessing the material, or if you need to reference more than 4.7GB of material on different machines than your own.

    Zip drives are obsolete.
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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    I still use a Zip drive for small backups....business, banking etc. But for my pics I use an external hard drive....works great for me.
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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    Quote Originally Posted by Demigod View Post
    An external hard drive is fine, but if you're looking to just back up stuff for later retrieval, go with DVD-ROMs....cheap, portable, and durable.

    I wouldn't consider an external harddrive or a USB flash device unless you plan on constantly accessing the material, or if you need to reference more than 4.7GB of material on different machines than your own.

    Zip drives are obsolete.
    Agreed. I would strongly recommend against a zip drive. A dvd burner is what you need. They aren't very expensive and will allow you to easily and inexpensively make redundant copies of your data.

    And if you can't fit the data on a DVD, you aren't going to fit it on a zip disk. The largest zip I've ever seen is 750MB . You can store 6 times that amount of data on one DVD disc. Besides, if your zip drive breaks, you may have a problem replacing it. If not now, in a few years.
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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    I haven't used a zip drive in years.

    I use dvd's for back up, but whatever you choose soemone will have a reason of how you can still loose your files..

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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    I keep 2 sets of backups of my pictures and any other imporntant data. I keep 1 set on an external hard drive and another on DVD's. I keep the dvd's off site (ie. parent's/friend's house, safety deposit box) since I don't need them and just add to them as needed. Plus if my house burns or when the external drive breaks down I have another set that I can use.

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    Re: Zip Drive? Best way to back up photos and data

    I still have a scii Zip Drive in my closet somewhere. If you want to store and share your files over a couple of computers at home, a Windows Home Server may be the way to go. This will let you do a few things an external hard drive can't and is very easy to set up. It also has some built in fault tolerance. These will be on the market soon. It's basically a simplified Windows 2003 server with 10 accounts plus guest. I'd say set up a Linux Home Server but that's also a bit more work. Using RAID should technically be a bit safer for fault tolerance then just one external hard drive. These will be on the market very soon.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Home_Server

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