Greg Booth bootgr at
Wed Aug 8 16:17:54 UTC 2007

On 8/8/07, Nigel Ridley <nigel at> wrote:
> Derek Broughton wrote:
> > Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> >
> >> Neil Winchurst wrote:
> >>
> >>> Yes, I thought about that, but I was told by the guys in my local
> >>> computer shop (they made up my computer for me) that flash drives are
> >>> not meant to be used for back-ups. Personally I don't see why not.
> >> Depending on how often you backup, because flash drives have a limited
> >> number of write cycles.
> >
> > Yeah, but isn't that usually figured in terms of thousands (or tens of
> > thousands)?  Which makes it considerably more reusable than a CD-RW!
> >
> > I'd think that a flash drive would tend to make an excellent backup medium,
> > since backup is - with best practice - a low frequency task.
> You would have to think about the whole permissions thing. If you want to restore
> files - especially dot files then permissions are very important. A flash drive is
> vfat (fat32) and doesn't understand permissions.
> Of course you could format the flash drive to ext2 (not ext3 - you don't need a
> journaling file system on a flash drive).
> Blessings,
> Nigel

Or you could tar and zip the files before copying them to the usb stick.


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