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    Macrium Reflect & Flash Drive Question

    It's been a while since I posted a "dumb" question, so here goes:
    I use the paid version of Macrium Reflect.
    I take an image to an internal drive, and also at suitable intervals to an external
    LaCie hard drive.

    I want to have another external backup device that I can use and store off-site from my home.
    Question: can I use a sufficiently large Flash Drive to take such an image?

    If so, what do I have to do to ensure I can use it along with the Macrium Rescue CD?

    THanks,
    Dick

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    I have heard a flash drive may be used but flash drives can be very unreliable so it is best not to put critical data on them. I would consider Images as critical data. Perhaps a second copy would not be as critical but if, for example, your PC and ext HD were involved in the same fire, then the second copy would become very critical. I would think optical media (DVD as CD woud take far too many disks) would be a far better choice for off site media for critical data. At the cost of optical media, it is a fairly inexpensive solution. most Imaging apps allow the use of optical media and will allow the Image to be broken into several parts to fit on the optical media size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick-Y View Post


    I want to have another external backup device that I can use and store off-site from my home.
    Question: can I use a sufficiently large Flash Drive to take such an image?

    If so, what do I have to do to ensure I can use it along with the Macrium Rescue CD?
    Dick,
    Hello...See this Macrium KB ..As far as the use of the "Flash Drives" i would opt for a removable HD from an external "USB Dock \ Cradle" over them just because of the size issue.

    If Macrium can see the "Flash Drive" from the boot disk ..your good to go...
    Regards Fred

    PS: You could also use a HP Pocket Media Drive connected to two usb ports (comes with adapter cable) I have a couple of these @ 500GB each...And have done several recoveries from them..Their just not as fast as a 3.5 inch full size HD.
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    I've just spent some time taking images of my system, and my data, to some DVD's.
    Later, I'll test restoring the system images (mine took 3 DVD's.)

    If they work, I will have saved anywhere from $79 to $109 (thanks Ted) in not buying a big-enough flash drive.

    If they don't, I'll purchase what Just Plain Fred recommended.

    Thanks again for the help,
    Dick

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    I hope and believe you will be pleasantly surprised. Many use DVD's for their off site back ups as an inexpensive alternative. And DVD's have a very long shelf life. Off site isn't as convenient, but generally far safer.
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