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Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04, Eighth Edition by Matthew Helmke

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Removable Storage Media

Choosing the right media isn’t as easy as it used to be when floppy drives were the only choice. Today, most machines have DVD-ROM drives that can read but not write DVDs, which rules them out for backup purposes. Instead, USB hard drives and solid-state “pen” drives have taken over the niche previously held by floppy drives. Both USB hard drives and solid-state drives are highly portable. Support for these drives under Ubuntu is very good, and the storage space is rising while prices are continuing to fall. A 1TB USB external hard drive is also within the budgets of most and are preferred for anything more than could be held on one pen drive. The biggest benefits of USB drives are data transfer speed and portability. ...

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