Donating old computers - where to save about 100GB of data?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by ltheonestar, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. ltheonestar

    ltheonestar Registered Member

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    Hello and greetings,

    The time has come to donate or recycle or dispose of some used laptops I have, they are battered and outdated.

    I do want to keep the data which is mostly office files e.g. Word, Excel, PDFs, totaling about 100GB.

    Should I buy an external storage drive and transfer the files to it?

    Or would you recommend some online cloud storage?

    Thanks :)
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2018
  2. TheRollbackFrog

    TheRollbackFrog Registered Member

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    Well, your header says 100gB and your content says 1gB... that's quite a difference. Both will work with the cloud if you have the upload caability and the space.

    Another approach would be if one of those Systems has a 100+gB drive in it, remove it and put it into a USB hard drive case (probably about $10). Delete what you don't wanna keep and make it the external USB drive you spoke of above.

    If it's going to be mostly cold storage (on a shelf), I would not use any sort of FLASH-based external storage (like a USB stick if you only need that 1gB). Flash needs to be "refreshed" every so often or it will eventually "bleed out" and DATA will be lost.
     
  3. ltheonestar

    ltheonestar Registered Member

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    Appreciate your advice @TheRollbackFrog

    The total data I need is about 50GB of the 100GB in the C drive

    I do not use any cloud storage as of now, does anyone recommend one?

    I do have a Seagate 1TB backup plus slim portable storage device, is this ok to use and keep 'cold'?

    Thanks :)
     
  4. TheRollbackFrog

    TheRollbackFrog Registered Member

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    Any magnetic storage device is pretty safe in "cold" storage, as long as non-operating temperatures are not violated (very HOT and very COLD).
     
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