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comment Which would be more reliable for data archival - SD card or a generic USB thumbdrive?
Unfortunately there is no long-term solution. Optical media rot in a couple of years, hard drives die all of a sudden after just a few power-on hours. Industrial-grade storage solutions are beyond my financial capabilities. Personally, I found flash drives to last the longest in practice.
Oct
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comment Which would be more reliable for data archival - SD card or a generic USB thumbdrive?
Unfortunately, just about every USB 3.0 flash drive I got interested in had large numbers of reports of failures by users worldwide. Seems that getting a high quality USB thumbdrive becomes trickier with each day.
Oct
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comment Which would be more reliable for data archival - SD card or a generic USB thumbdrive?
Why shouldn't I use a flash drive if the backup procedure so simple and quick (takes only a minute). There is no reason against producing an additional copy, just in case.
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asked Which would be more reliable for data archival - SD card or a generic USB thumbdrive?