gel 14:45 07 Oct 2006

Would some one kindly comment- which are preferable Memory Sticks or Disc’s for storage
I use my computer only for Documents and digital photos.
USB sticks seem very easy to use and I can easily plug them into either my desktop or my laptop.
Are there any disadvantages?
Many thanks

  Diodorus Siculus 14:48 07 Oct 2006

Depends on if you want long term storage - memory sticks get a little expensive. Blank CDs are about 10p each...

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:53 07 Oct 2006

How much storage do you need?

If alot, then an external drive may be worth while.

  gel 14:57 07 Oct 2006

Thanks -a further query which alternative will give me problems (if any) with ,long term storage'
I do not need a great deal of storage but I do sometimes have problems with disc's but never with memory sticks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:05 07 Oct 2006

Any media can be prone to loss of data or just plain become old technology (what has happened to tape drives Zip disks and floppy disks).

Always a good idea to back up to at least two kinds of media if keeping data for some time.

You can even use "online storage" there is even a method of using gmail to store data.

  dogbreath1 15:07 07 Oct 2006

I wouldn't rely wholly on memory sticks. If the stick fails (and I've had two go pear shaped on me), all is lost. CD/DVD/BlueRay is undoubtedly the safest option. The disc problems you referred to will never be insurmountable.

  gel 15:11 07 Oct 2006

All your comments are very useful to me and I am grateful.
Many thanks

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