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It depends on how long you want to keep them. If you're simply combining out of convenience either will probably do.
I'm cleaning up old files that are on different flash drives and CDs and I would like to combine them all in one place. Is it better to put them on a CD/DVD or simply put them all on a larger flash drive?
In this excerpt from Answercast #59, I look at issues around reorganizing old files and storing them for the future.
I'll start by giving you my most common answer, "It depends."
It depends on how long you want to keep them, what you're going to be using them for, and so forth. If you're simply combining out of convenience, to be honest either will probably do.
You'll be able to get a flash drive that's going to be much larger than any CD or DVD that you can get these days. So I'd be tempted to go with a good quality flash drive to make sure that everything's not going to fade away over time; since flash memory does wear out the more you write to it.
Now, I don't know how often you're going to be writing to this thing. And of course, I have to insist that regardless of what you put it on, you make sure you back it up.
No matter what media you put it on (CDs, DVDs, flash drives or even external hard drives), eventually something can go wrong. CD and DVD material does wear out, flash drives wear out as I already mentioned, and even external hard drives can at some point, fail.
So, the most important thing is to find what's the most convenient for you. These days, I'd probably lean towards something connected via USB, so that it is more portable to more different computers, since we're finding more and more computers that don't even have CD and DVD drives.
Pick what's appropriate. Pick what's convenient for you.
Like I said, I'd be tempted to go with a USB drive just because they're small and convenient and easy to deal with. If you've got a lot of data, I'd actually be tempted to go to an external hard drive. Those are going to be physically a little bit bigger as well and that's something that may not work for you. I really don't know.
But in all cases regardless of what you choose - back it up.
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