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Old 19. Mar 2016, 10:26 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Yep, beware of storing anything irreplaceable on a USB stick. Only a few days ago I accidentally dropped one on a hard floor... DEAD!

As Remah says "always keep two copies of any file on different media"
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Yep, beware of storing anything irreplaceable on a USB stick. Only a few days ago I accidentally dropped one on a hard floor... DEAD!
Fortunately, the images I lost are not really important after 4 years. About your dead USB stick, is your data not recoverable from that?
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Dropping the USB stick may have broken a connection internally, particularly if it fell on the connector. That can often be fixed by opening and resoldering or gluing/taping in place.
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Fortunately, the images I lost are not really important after 4 years. About your dead USB stick, is your data not recoverable from that?
that's often true - the relevance of the kept files,
often diminishes over time.

it's still better to keep them on a static media like a cd,
rather than on usb media, though.
- or even on a HDD, as well.

I'd still be dubious of any claims of shelf life of 20+ years, though.
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that's often true - the relevance of the kept files,
often diminishes over time.
Isn't this true of most things in life - diminishing of relevance with time? I have heard this being said even about spouses!
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it's still better to keep them on a static media like a cd,
rather than on usb media, though - or even on a HDD, as well.
Yes, I have neglected to do this and it's time I attended to it - thank you.
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I'd still be dubious of any claims of shelf life of 20+ years, though.
Perhaps, some others here can enlighten us with their personal experience. My oldest data goes back to only 8 years. They are on 6 CDs. I checked them today and found all in good condition.

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Fortunately, the images I lost are not really important after 4 years. About your dead USB stick, is your data not recoverable from that?
The USB stick wouldn't even mount when inserted in a port. Didn't bother trying to recover it as I was only using the stick to install software updates to multiple PC's.

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Dropping the USB stick may have broken a connection internally, particularly if it fell on the connector. That can often be fixed by opening and resoldering or gluing/taping in place.
I did consider trying to fix it but it was only a cheap 1GB stick and didn't contain anything irreplaceable. Also, a DIY repair by myself may not get the thing back into a reliable state!
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Perhaps one can also consider M-DISC:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-DISC
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