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Memory Stick is a removable flash memory card format, launched by Sony in October 1998, from whicky whatsit and that's about all I know! I bought one of 512 mb and found it was great for keeping holiday snaps on. Thinking of keeping genealogy research results on one.

Any advice on the most usefull size and which manufacturer to go for ? Cheers exhaulted ones.


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But Shaun, think of the leather effect cover! cooooool:eek:

Thanks for your replies the one I have is a Sandisk so I'll stick to that brand at 8gb.

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As said before, DON'T trust a memory stick with important stuff, keep a backup, I run a small I.T. business & get broken sticks in all the time with important stuff lost forever, the worst being a years worth of university course work which the girl could not do without. I believe she failed her degree course. Likewise, don't use your memory stick to back up your laptop data & keep it in the laptop bag. If it gets stolen, your backup goes with it.

There are loads of free online backup services available, here's one that might help.

5GB Free Online Backup http://www.idrive.com/p=thurrock_pc_services

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both play.com and my memory always have good offers on. avoid generic never heard of brands. i use kingston and sandisk, sandisk being the most reliable, the kingston has thrown a couple of wobblers in the past.

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Thanks for those informative replies alan.surry and relentless.

to slightly move the goalposts, would a C.D. writer/re-righter by more appropriate? I only have an antiquated 'desk top' computer with no facility for C,D recording.
'Er indoors has a laptop but I'm not allowed to touch that!.

Can you therefore recommend an auxiliary C.D. recording thingy that I can plug into the 'mighty computer' ? ! ? !

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I second all the points above, especially about watching out for spurious ebay/amazon sticks. Go branded. You should note that theres a difference between the sony 'memory stick' which is their proprietry card for their cameras, and a usb memory stick which is what you want!

No point in buying a cd drive these days, a dvd writer will also read and write CDs. Something like this would do the job:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-SE-208AB-Portable-External-Writer/dp/B005N2UE2O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346247731&sr=8-1


Personally I would save whatever info you are trying to not loose onto your computers hard disk, then once a week back it up onto a memory stick. Or get yourself a dropbox account and save it in there. Dropbox is an online storage site that appears as a folder on your desktop, you simply save stuff to it like it was on your computer and its backed up on the internet. And its free :)
 

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Thanks for those informative replies alan.surry and relentless.

to slightly move the goalposts, would a C.D. writer/re-righter by more appropriate? I only have an antiquated 'desk top' computer with no facility for C,D recording.
'Er indoors has a laptop but I'm not allowed to touch that!.

Can you therefore recommend an auxiliary C.D. recording thingy that I can plug into the 'mighty computer' ? ! ? !

Cheers, Tony.
If you are going down that road, maybe a portable external hard drive instead? Much more space & almost as portable. Probably more reliable than a USB Flash drive.
 

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As with the memory stick, any recommendations as to an "External hard drive unit" - manufacturer and model ?

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As with all things computers, it's a numbers game. Bigger the hard drive, the more expensive it is. Keep to known brands, Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi. A good thing to remember is to get one with no additional power lead requirements (one USB lead, to power & access the information). This will mean it is very portable. Just to be sure though, is any of your computers an Apple? There are issues with some Hard drives not being cross platform compatible. If they are all windows PC's, then there will be no problems.

Here's one I found whilst quickly looking at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-500GB-Expansion-Portable-Drive/dp/B001XM4P1O/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1346275066&sr=8-8
Unless you have loads of photo's/music/video that you want to back up, that size should be plenty.

Hope that helps.T:
 

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You can buy a DVD recorder for about a tenner (I might be out a bit, I haven't bought one in years, got a workshop full of spares) They are the easiest things in the world to install. 2 screws to remove each side panel on your PC, another 4 to remove the drive, replace with new drive & you're nearly there. If you have an old PC, it'll have a ribbon cable & 4 pin power supply. The only thing you need to take notice of is the jumpers http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf-JAVA/Doc/images/999/c00366457.jpg&imgrefurl=http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/doclink?lc=da&cc=dk&tmp_docname=bph03792&h=301&w=400&sz=23&tbnid=OHzoOyemwqs0SM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=120&zoom=1&usg=__Tqku5YEnZPJCGIFjCpU-nSRW1zY=&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aZA-UOPhGajK0QWCr4Bg&ved=0CDIQ9QEwAg&dur=346 which tell the PC whether the drive is a master or slave (Don't worry, just set the new drive the same as the old one)

You will need some CD / DVD burning software. There are loads available, here's a free one: http://cdburnerxp.se/en/home

If you decide to go down the route of an external hard drive instead (Pro's & cons in both methods), make sure you keep a COPY on the external drive and not just the original file. As before, I get external hard drives in the workshop that have been dropped and require expensive data recovery services. There is NO substitute for keeping a duplicate of your important stuff and keeping it in separate locations. If you're unsure, feel free to P.M. me. I'll happily talk you through stuff. You're a bit too far for me to visit on a callout, but I've got more than my fair share out of this forum, so happy to help out.

All the best, Al
 

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I cannot thank you enough Alan.T: I may be in touch.

Cheers, Tony.
 
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