This short video covers simple and easy Video USB backup for Windows 10 users. We always recommend making at least two backups with one copy kept in a different location if possible.
We show you how to make a backup copy from one USB to another, or from a USB stick to your computer hard drive. The video show backing up with Windows 10 but you’ll find most versions of Windows will be similar.
Offsite Video USB backup options
An offsite backup can be as simple as keeping a USB stick with a copy of your files at a relatives house. If you loose your main copies for any reason you have a safe copy stored elsewhere. The downside to this approach is that you have to trust someone else with your data and it’s not always convenient to access should you need to add further files to the backup.
Backing up to an online service has several advantages. Your files are available to you anywhere that you have an Internet connection. You can add new files without too much effort and most of the main providers have a good record of keeping your data secure.
There are now several free online backup options with limited, but still perfectly usable amounts of storage. Google Drive is free for anyone with a Gmail account and includes 15GB of storage. Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Amazon Drive also have free storage options.
The best protection for your precious video files is to have multiple backup copies locally, offsite and online. You can encrypt your data if you’re worried about unathorised access.
Storage space required for Video USB backup
If you’ve asked us to transfer your tapes to Video USB then you may be wondering how much space the converted video files will take up.
With one exception most home video tape recordings were standard definition (SD). Good quality standard definition video encoded in H264 MP4 format for USB needs around 1.6 to 2 gigabytes (GB) per hour of footage. An 8GB USB stick will comfortably hold around 4 hours of footage. Find out more video compression in the previous article.
The exception is HDV recording (High Definition Video). It used the same tapes as MiniDV but recorded in high definition. MP4 HD video files need around 6GB per hour with no visible loss of quality.
Some computers have very large internal hard drives – hundreds of gigabytes. Yet others, especially lightweight or portable PCs may only hold a lot less. If your internal drive has plenty of space then you can use it. If your computer is short on space then an external hard drive or a second USB stick may be required.