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    Memory stick or External drive?

    My trusty memory stick appears to have died so I need a new one. First question is - what size to get (it was a 4Gb - probably a bit small) and where is the best place?

    Or...do I go and get a nice big external drive?

    I work in two schools so it is very useful to be able to move things from one to the other.

    What do you all use?

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    I use one of these - Buffalo 250GB Portable Hard Drive TurboUSB - Ministation Turbo - Ebuyer

    Excellent bit of kit does exactly what i need.

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    As I can't currently afford larger capacity keys, I have 4:

    3 with a modded PortableApps front end:
    8GB "useful software" installation files (Flash, WMP11, TuxPaint etc etc)
    4GB "portable apps" (mainly repair/diagnostic/recover utilities)
    4GB "temporary documents" (used to transfer files from school to school)

    The other is a bootable stick with UBCD4Win on it.

    I tend to prefer sticks as they can fit around my neck and I carry them pretty much everywhere (ex- Boy Scout - "be prepared") though I'd quite like to get one larger capacity key. Last time I looked, 16GB was the "sweet spot".

    Rather than buying an external drive, if that's what you'd prefer, haven't you got any scrappers with a suitably sized HDD that you could just buy an enclosure for? I carry a 30GB 2.5" drive in my case that I salvaged from a dead lappy and put in a 5 eBay enclosure.

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    I have a 500GB lacie portable drive, which is perfect. Picked it up for around 70 quid (might have been from gizmodo?), fits nicely in my pocket and doesn't require power which is always good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I use one of these - Buffalo 250GB Portable Hard Drive TurboUSB - Ministation Turbo - Ebuyer

    Excellent bit of kit does exactly what i need.
    How sturdy are they? Got a couple on order to back up the "Public" areas of the server at one of my schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    As I can't currently afford larger capacity keys, I have 4:

    3 with a modded PortableApps front end:
    8GB "useful software" installation files (Flash, WMP11, TuxPaint etc etc)
    4GB "portable apps" (mainly repair/diagnostic/recover utilities)
    4GB "temporary documents" (used to transfer files from school to school)

    The other is a bootable stick with UBCD4Win on it.

    I tend to prefer sticks as they can fit around my neck and I carry them pretty much everywhere (ex- Boy Scout - "be prepared") though I'd quite like to get one larger capacity key. Last time I looked, 16GB was the "sweet spot".

    Rather than buying an external drive, if that's what you'd prefer, haven't you got any scrappers with a suitably sized HDD that you could just buy an enclosure for? I carry a 30GB 2.5" drive in my case that I salvaged from a dead lappy and put in a 5 eBay enclosure.
    Think they do 64 gb memory sticks :

    http://www.corsair.com/_datasheets/CMFUSBHC-64GB.pdf

    As to where to buy it maybe amazon, ebuyer, aria, misco, dabs or the likes ?

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    I've never had any issues with the lacie one btw, and i regularly copy massive files. I also drop it quite a bit too :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    How sturdy are they? Got a couple on order to back up the "Public" areas of the server at one of my schools.
    Very mine has had a few bumps and its still going. I have had mine for ages and never ever had a problem.

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    I have 2 of these and love them... mostly because I can't lose the lid!

    dabs.com - Imation 8GB SWIVEL FLASH USB (23415)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Think they do 64 gb memory sticks
    Out of my price range! Pretty sure that currently the best price/GB is 16GB for keys, 1TB for "desktop" drives and 500GB for "portable" drives.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom_ View Post
    I also drop it quite a bit too :|
    I can dis-recommend Freecom, the ones I've seen have failed after even a small fall (though there is nothing obviously wrong inside - maybe "planned redundancy"? ).

    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Very mine has had a few bumps and its still going. I have had mine for ages and never ever had a problem.
    Cheers, mind you I've just seen this: IOmega rugged. Wonder if the order has been placed yet?

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    Hmmm...the bigger drives and sticks are probably a bit out of my price range at the moment.
    But I shall file away the info for when I am richer.

    As for 8GB sticks - I like the idea of a swivel but you do seem to pay a premium for them - I have seen Kingstons for 12 or so - are they a good make for sticks?

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    ive got a 16bit cruzer which i carry on me all the time at work, and got a 250gb wd passport i use for bigger things i know of in advance

    both are great ;p

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    We buy Kingston Data Travelers for use by staff and for sale to the students. I guess I have shifted around 400 or so over the last year and a bit and I don't think I've had 1 fail.

    We usually get an excellent price from Bluepoint

    Bluepoint
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    an external WD or lacie drive would be the best bet that way you dont have to worry about it failing after a year where as ext hard drives ( in my experience ) seem to last longer.

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    7dayshop does excellent pricing for stuff like this - eg 8Gb drive for 9.99 or 16Gb for 16.50 (inc delivery)

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