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Old 06-15-2011, 07:20 PM   #11
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I like flash memory, but i like DVD or CD backups too. If you could find something to read them with, they will supposedly work after an EMP, supposedly. Of course, cel phones can read some types of flash memory & might be more available.
I've had plenty of stored optical media fail, google the phrase "bit rot". Goes for flash and magnetic media as well though. As long as you make fresh copies every few years (up to ten for flash memory, as little as two for optical) either will be good. As far as a hypothetical EMP, store the flash drive in a metal container (like the pill vial on my keychain) which should act as a farady cage.

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The most important thing to do would be to password protect everything as well. That way if you lost the flash drive or if it was stolen, it would be difficult for someone else to access the documents.
If by password protect you mean encrypt, then I'm with you. Use something like Truecrypt to create a password protected encrypted volume. (And a hidden Truecrypt encrypted volume within the outer volume for the really important stuff).
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The most important thing to do would be to password protect everything as well. That way if you lost the flash drive or if it was stolen, it would be difficult for someone else to access the documents.
I use TrueCrypt. It's free and easy. truecrypt.org

*edit* never mind. camiller beat me to it.
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My cell phone uses a Micro-SD card for data, which carries 4GB. I also have a little thingie that allows me to stick the teeny card into it, then use it as a USB flash drive. That extra little thingie is a good idea to keep around so my cell phone could transfer information from phone to computer in an emergency.

Plus, I think I'd be able to actually look at the documents on my cell phone.
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North Korea recently tested a Super EMP device.
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My cell phone uses a Micro-SD card for data, which carries 4GB. I also have a little thingie that allows me to stick the teeny card into it, then use it as a USB flash drive. That extra little thingie is a good idea to keep around so my cell phone could transfer information from phone to computer in an emergency.

Plus, I think I'd be able to actually look at the documents on my cell phone.
Yeah, those microSDHC cards are cool, available in up to 32GB and you could put a whole stack of them in a metal pill vial along with the tiny reader. You could fit the entire contents of the Library of Congress in less than the volume of a deck of playing cards. The new microSDXC standard will shrink that further. Eventually up to 2TB in the same form as your 4GB card.
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Great Info guys
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Those "fireproof" safes are not necessarily so. A buddy of mine had videotaped everything he owned and made copies which he placed in three fireproof safes in different parts of the house (including one in the basement) and when the Oakland Hills fire burned his house down there was nothing left of the safes but chunks and ash. His machine tools (including a Bridgeport mill and a lathe) in the garage were all but melted down to slag, meaning they were still recognizable as what they once were but rendered to scrap.

Point being don't rely on hidey-holes entirely.
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Along with personal data, a digital copy of the U.S. Constitution might ne needed if it gets really bad.
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I've been carrying a 4gb flash drive in my front pants pocket with our important documents scanned. You needn't worry about keeping it in a water proof container though, mine's been accidentally washed and dried a couple of times and still works fine. LOL
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North Korea recently tested a Super EMP device.
Wouldnt worry about man made emp devices short of a thermonuke. It takes a amassive amount of energy to fry electronics. Even a nuke hasa short range emp effect due to exponential weakening of the shockwave. A massive solar flare might have a wide spread effect but that much energy will prolly remove ya frome the face of the planet making it a moot point

Schlubs like the north koreans like to prostelize kinda like iran claiming they have stealth missiles and moon landers. Their emp device is prolly a stun gun they got off he interweb....
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