Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Discoveries...

For those of you who had a Bank Holiday on Monday, I hope you enjoyed it.

I did a little gardening, but spent most of the day sorting through the memory sticks (aka flash drives, thumb drives, USB sticks) to find out what was on the unlabelled ones- not my fault... :-)

There was one stick that would no longer open on my computer, or my OH's laptop. I think I know what was on it- it was the first two chapters of an idea that just didn't work at the time. I do have one stick that has a lot images and files on, so I think that some of the lost items are also on there- and it still works.

There were quite a few duplicates- a few of the photos had three or four copies between the different sized sticks, so I was able to free up a couple of them as a result.
Holding memories and
tales to be told...

Among all these old documents I found a few stories that I'd started and either didn't finish, or the idea didn't appeal at the time. So I'll be looking at them to see if there's anything I can salvage now.

I bought some white strung tags so every stick is now labelled with subject and memory size, so I can easily find the one I want.

If you buy a new computer with Windows 10 on it, as I needed to, it will have the 3.0 USB slots. Though you might have a model with both 2.0 and 3.0 USB slots, so it's worth checking.

Fortunately my computer still opens the 2nd generation sticks I have, but that's not guaranteed on all new computers apparently, as I discovered when I was searching to find out why one of my sticks wouldn't open or be recognised.

Needless to say I will be investing in a good portable hard drive as soon as possible to transfer essential items. That way I don't have to use the one my OH bought for his computer files.

Where technology is concerned I opt for the 'change only when necessary', but sometimes you just have to do it sooner...








10 comments:

  1. Technology is brilliant and maddening in almost equal measure! :)

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    1. It does have advantages, but yes it can be extremely maddening, Susan.:)

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  2. I'm with you there, Carol "change only when necessary" but I found changing to a portable hard drive was one of the better decisions I've made xx

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. I now need to find one... :)

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  3. I have two hard drives - one comes in the van and the other stays at home.

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    1. That's a good idea, Patsy, much easier when you're travelling around places. :)

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  4. It's so easy to gather lots of sticks, isn't it, Carol! I didn't realise that problem about new computers so that's something I'll need to remember when eventually upgrading, though I'm keeping my laptop as long as possible!

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    1. Yes, they build up over time without realising, Rosemary- it's been much better since I sorted them out and clearly labelled them.

      It's the little things that are different on a new computer that seem to create the difficulties.

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  5. I still have a floppy disk. Damned if I know what's on it though.

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    1. I have a floppy disk reader, Keith, and some floppy disks with NWC stuff on, but I'm not sure if my computer will recognise it. I'll have to try it out.:)

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