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Windows 7: Backing up to a sandisk 8 gb cruzer

05 Dec 2010   #11
parabellum

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Right click the unallocated space before you copy anything and allocate a drive letter that is available - E:\ or G:\ or anything, then in Windows Explorer, right click the USB and select format. Quick format it to NTFS.


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05 Dec 2010   #12
PattiChati

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

I looked at some pictures that must have copies and they are all coming through my adobe photoshop elements.
This is too complicated for me. Can we pick this up tomorrow or should I just get a bunch of DVD's?
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05 Dec 2010   #13
PattiChati

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

should I just use dvd's and pick this up again Monday?
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05 Dec 2010   #14
parabellum

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The USB should work fine. I don't think DVD's are a good idea, you can damage them too easily although DL do fit over 8GB in terms of space; the choice is yours.
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05 Dec 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, the USB stick should work unless it is defetive or there is a problem with the USB port. As to the pictures showing with photoshop: I assume they are .jpg or .png. Then that is a simple assoiation problem which you can change to any other program.

PS: have a look in Device Manager whether there are any yellow triangles next to the USB Controllers.
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05 Dec 2010   #16
PattiChati

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

no yellow triangles. Now that I have the USB working. What is the simplest way to get the info over there. Now when I want to back up pictures again in 6 months, do I use the same usb or put it on a new one? Thanks so much.
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05 Dec 2010   #17
PattiChati

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

can you continue to add documents, banking stuff, etc on this usb until it is full or do you have to have a separate one for each data?
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05 Dec 2010   #18
parabellum

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You can add stuff until it is full. I'd separate it into folders. Now you need a backup program that supports incremental updates.
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05 Dec 2010   #19
James Colbert

 
 

As mentioned earlier in the thread, using flash memory as your only backup is risky if your files are important. It may be simpler and faster, but it's not as reliable as optical disc or HD. It's good that you are committed to backup, but if DVD is not optimal, an external drive is your best bet, albeit at a higher cost (but quite reasonable these days). If the budget can stand $70-$100, you can get an external USB 2.0 drive and use (free) sync toy (or included software) and have a reliable, fast and likely (for your current needs) bottomless backup option.

Here are a few:
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05 Dec 2010   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am not so negative about the USB sticks. I have more than a dozen of those from 2 GB to 16GB and none has ever failed. In fact, on runs a slideshow on my sidebarsince 3 years 12 hours per day and is still working.

What I suggest is that you create folders on the stick for the various subjects (pictures, banking, etc) and fill it up until it is full. This is not a CD or DVD where you cannot add once it is burnt. It is like a disk where you can keep adding until full.
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