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2021-01-23 | IT Prepper | Removable Drives

Shuttling drives back and forth to bring up on-prem systems can take quite a while with lower speed USB. Review the capabilities of your machines, and ensure you have the optimal transfer tech and at least a couple drives to shuttle between machines. Type-C USB 3.1 Gen1 will transfer at up to 5 Gbps, and Gen2 10 Gbps. Also, be aware that thumb drives are often not as reliable as disk drives, so for stuff like transferring operating systems, you'll want a USB hard disk.

One thing to be aware of, is that your filesystem might not be able to be written reliably with varying formats. There other issues, too, like limits on file size or tree depth that can cause problems when transporting data. Think about what machines will need to use the data, and choose appropriately. This site assumes GNU/Linux systems and generally uses the ext4 filesystem. We've never seen it fail. We have seen various TepidSW OS filesystems fail when writing with GNU/Linux systems. This is understandable, since there are often warnings about writing stability, but it is something that many people miss.

How long will you be down? If you are bring back up your TechStyle and TepidSW machines and connecting them to the internet relatively soon, it might not be worth it to convert to a different filesystem, but if you figure you are down for the duration of industrial civilization's long tail of decline and are ready to take the jump, format those machines with ext4 and dig in.