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Portable Storage Guide 184

Elite 4CE writes "If you're like me, you are always transporting data from home to work, and back. I was surprized at how many options there were to facilitate this. have posted their Portable Storage Guide for 2005, covering everything from flash based devices that fit into your pocket, to huge FireWire drives with a capacity of 400GB."
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Portable Storage Guide

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  • Large RAID at home (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Mad-Mage1 ( 235582 ) <{infosecguy.mb} {at} {}> on Thursday September 29, 2005 @02:47PM (#13678495) Homepage
    With the ability to push to my house from work at over 8 Mbps, I rarely worry about this
  • Carrying data? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by sameerdesai ( 654894 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @02:51PM (#13678538)
    I just VPN into my work PC and use mapped drived to move data. No need to move data and risk losing it because of some bump on the road.
  • by everphilski ( 877346 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @02:52PM (#13678544) Journal
    I used to. It worked well. But after having a thumb drive for a month I wouldn't switch back. I have my entire "my documents" and development tree stored on my thumb drive. It is always the latest and most updated version. When I arrive at work, I copy it over. When I leave work, i copy from the computer to the thumb drive. Same as home. The internet worked ... unless internet was out at home. Or if internet was out at work. And the data was too preicous not to have even for a few hours. And when you are in an environment where internet traffic is heavily monitored (and pushing upwards of 100M) the thumb drive reigns supreme.

  • by lelitsch ( 31136 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @03:47PM (#13679059)
    Not all of us. We (300+ employee ISV) had a external presenter at our user conference last year who needed a blank floppy. After 30 minutes of fruitless searching in our IT department and an email to all our employees, we had to point him to the nearest Office Depot.
  • by Le Marteau ( 206396 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @04:00PM (#13679188) Journal
    You probably work for a true IT company. I don't. I work for a traditional publisher which happens to require and have IT people.

    I'm amazed your employer allows you to walk around with company data in your pocket.

    Not only do they allow us, they GAVE us flash drives as tokens of appreciation after completion of some project (with the company name and project title silk screened on it).

    Not everyone with IT skills works for a tech savvy company. I do all my work on my 1 gig flash drive, pop it out and take it home, then plug it into my home machine, where it gets backed up every night. It's a much more reliable solution than their network backups, which are iffy.

  • Disk Format (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Blakey Rat ( 99501 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @04:58PM (#13679692)
    Do I still have to format the 400gb drive as Fat32 to get both my Mac and Windows XP box to read it? Why hasn't anybody come up with a file system that supports large capacity portable drives on every OS?

Disks travel in packs.