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Windows 7: Backing up to a sandisk 8 gb cruzer

14 Jan 2011   #31
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
If your budget isn't too tight, here's a very reasonably priced 8GB stick that has a 'speed class rating' of 200x. I don't know what that translates too in real world write speed, but I have a few, and copies are much, much faster than my Cruzer. 5 star rating with 1200 reviewers (you should be able to find some write speeds in the user reviews). It's $18.

James
James, you forgot the link.


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14 Jan 2011   #32
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
If your budget isn't too tight, here's a very reasonably priced 8GB stick that has a 'speed class rating' of 200x. I don't know what that translates too in real world write speed, but I have a few, and copies are much, much faster than my Cruzer. 5 star rating with 1200 reviewers (you should be able to find some write speeds in the user reviews). It's $18.

James
James, you forgot the link.
I surely did. Thanks, whs.

Here's the link (also ammended in the original post):

Newegg.com - Patriot Xporter XT Boost 8GB Flash Drive (USB 2.0 Portable) Model PEF8GUSB

James
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15 Jan 2011   #33
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Thanks for the link I really don't know what 200x means. I always go back to a German big mail order house (similar to Newegg). There they always show the Read/Write speeds. I really wonder why the US sites cannot do that. In Germany they would not do a lot of business. People want to know what they are buing. I even called Newegg for the data. They told me that they are just a distributer and have no technical data.
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15 Jan 2011   #34
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Thanks for the link I really don't know what 200x means. I always go back to a German big mail order house (similar to Newegg). There they always show the Read/Write speeds. I really wonder why the US sites cannot do that. In Germany they would not do a lot of business. People want to know what they are buing. I even called Newegg for the data. They told me that they are just a distributer and have no technical data.
Thanks for the heads up...as for the 200x, Patriot interprets that as 30mbps read speed, as can be seen here:

Patriot Memory - Products

They don't really specify write speed , but here's a screenshot of a Newegg review that states 20 mbps write. There are likely more peppered throughout the reviews.

Backing up to a sandisk 8 gb cruzer-patriot-speed.jpg


I will say that these keys out-perform any I've had to date.

James


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15 Jan 2011   #35
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, 30/20 is not bad. Many I have seen are more like 15/8. Best is to test it with HD Tune. Select the right drive and let it run to the end (takes a couple of minutes). Then you get the access time too. Then run your HDD and compare. The stick should be faster in access time (like 1ms versus 15ms) but slower in read/write.
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20 Jan 2011   #36
PattiChati

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

I am confused, what happened to my original question of the usb cruzer not backing up. Windows will back up for a while and then quit. What I am doing now is every couple of days just "send to external drive". Hope that is going to work.
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20 Jan 2011   #37
whs
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Remind me - what program are you using for the backup?
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22 Jan 2011   #38
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Again, I want to reiterate that USB Flash Drives are not optimal for backing up data, especially large amounts of data.
Flash Drives should be viewed in the same light as Floppy Disks.
Good for transporting data, bad for storage.

Yes, your millage may vary. But, still not as good an idea as a USB Hard Drive.

Also, USB HDD's have much faster transfer rates than a lot of USB Flash Drives.
Yes, they have gotten better. But, some are quite expensive.
When you can get a 320G External USB Drive for around 70$?
That is the better deal. Especially in the long run.
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23 Jan 2011   #39
PattiChati

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 
usb backup

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Remind me - what program are you using for the backup?
I am just putting in the usb and copy and paste those items I want such as pictures, documents, etc. Not ideal I suppose, but don't really understand what else to do. Windows claim they have a backup right on their computer, but mine starts it and it stops after 2 minutes and says put it in a disk, it doesn't like usb.
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23 Jan 2011   #40
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think you are doing the right thing - copying what you want to save on the stick. Windows backup is iffy. It probably did not like the Fat32 formatting because it groups the stuff together to blocks that can exceed 4GBs - and for those you need NTFS. But do not reformat your stick. Fat32 is the best formatting for sticks in terms of speed and wear and tear. Just keep copying the folders one by one. At least you know what you have and restoration is simple.
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