Posted 02 February 2006 - 04:29 PM
Posted 02 February 2006 - 04:51 PM
I am in college and am in a digital animation program where our computer work is basicly our life. I was wondering if there was a way that I could use a DVD-RW as something like a second hard drive, so I could drag-and-drop copies of my files in for safe keeping, without having to go through the whole burning process every time, especially when it's just one or two little files. If this is not possible I would welcome other fairly inexpensive storage solutions. Thank you.
How large are the files? There are many solutions to this. You could get a little USB thumb drive. They make those up to 5 gigs now I think. That should be plenty of room. It's at least a DVD's worth of space. The natural burner in windows (the built in one) allows you to drag an drop and let your files sit and wait to be burned to CD. It makes an image of them and if you double click the drive they will be sitting in there. They aren't the real file, but an image waiting to burn. They stay there until you burn. Not sure if it works with DVD burners though....and I'm also not sure if they burn if you delete the original file either. It's not a storage idea really...but at least I got it half right.
Posted 02 February 2006 - 05:06 PM
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Posted 02 February 2006 - 05:12 PM
Posted 02 February 2006 - 05:14 PM
Posted 02 February 2006 - 05:36 PM
For better data security you should keep a seperate partition on the HD for backup data as if you lose the system partition everything should be safe in the other as long as the HD is functional.
It depends how big the files are, a second hard drive is always a safe bet, but i prefer DVDs as they are more resilient than an HD.
Doesnt your college have its own file server, i know my uni does we can connect using a system called resnet or via a VPN and store files on the uni file space handy for backups and they space you get only gets bigger as HDDs are cheaper than they ever were, also a good thing to try is sending vital data to friends in compressed and encrypted folders that way there is a copy on another computer, although thats a more desperate step and depends how much file space everyone has and how big the files are.
Edited by warriorscot, 02 February 2006 - 05:39 PM.
Posted 02 February 2006 - 05:40 PM
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