Can someone recommend a flash drive for home movie storage
Posted 23 May 2006 - 04:14 PM
Posted 23 May 2006 - 04:29 PM
Posted 23 May 2006 - 06:18 PM
Video clips taking up too much space on HD. Can anyone recommend another storage solution? Possibly a flash drive. Or, is an external HD a better solution. Thanks!
From your question I assume that you are less versed in the pros and cons of these mediums so apologies if it feels like I'm talking dow to you.
Flash drives (also called USB sticks, among other names) are handy devices that fit on your keychain or in your pocket. Their data capacit is slowly growing. Starting out with 128MB they are njow available in 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB and more. However the bigger they are the more expensive they get. I'm guessing at prices in US $ but say roughly $ 30ish for a 512 MB USB stick. That is jsut under the size of one CD which would cost you a few dimes. Given that video clips/files tend to be quite big you would very soon fill your flash drive up.
For the price of a big Flash (EG 2GB) drive you can get an external hard drive that has 100 times the capacity (EG 200 GB) ! This can connect to your computer through USB (ideally 2.0) or firewire.
The question is
a) do you want to be able to easily move your clips around to another computer. ?
If no you could also get another internal hard drive - the cheapest option.
b) Do you want to store on a rewritable medium so you can delete and reuse the space?
If no then follow Warriorscot's advice and just burn to DVDs (or CDs). You could also use rewritable DV D RWs but they're more expensive and very slow to read and write.
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