How long can pictures last on my computer?

Or on a usb drive?


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Most Helpful Guy

  • It depends on what you want. A hard drive has a limited life, but pictures will still be on it and will still be recoverable, even if the mechanism has failed. The only way to delete it for sure is to use a secure file shredder. Then use a slack space eraser.

    A picture on a usb drive will last as long as the drive works, and may still be recoverable if it fails.

    To really destroy them for good, you have to strip the hard drive, remove the platters and melt them with a blowtorch. I think most are made of metal coated glass, so be careful! Similar with usb drive. Really want to delete them, destroy the drive, crunch up the chips with big wire cutters.

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Most Helpful Girl

  • Forever or until the device dies/craps out...

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What Guys Said 3

  • If the divice does not crap out they will last forever.

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  • As long as the hard drive or flash drive live. If it gets damaged somehow, that's it. also they can fail at any time, hard drives are more prone to failure because of their moving parts. 4 to 6 years. Maybe more, maybe less. It's a gamble. Make backups.

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  • Backup important pictures to a device that's seldom used. Occasionally you will have to upgrade to a new backup device as the interface falls out of favor. For example USB didn't always exist.

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What Girls Said 2

  • For aslong as you keep them on there and don't delete.

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  • 6-7 business days

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