Nigel Ridley nigel at
Wed Aug 8 16:33:35 UTC 2007

Greg Booth wrote:
> 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.
> Greg

But that makes it difficult to restore just the files that you want........



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