Originally Posted by 25jack
So no problem carrying a laptop on this trip. Using a flash drive? Disk drives do not handle vibration very well.
This report is an education. Love it!
None of us (except steve) have metal boxes ... which is the main source of vibration on motorcycle luggage contents. Soft luggage dampens out vibration significantly, while metal luggage amplifies it.
If you store your laptop in soft luggage in the safest place on the bike, the back bag, and its in there with clothes, then you will not have a problem.
I always use normal laptops, with normal hard drives and have done over 100,000 km of off road touring that way (well over double that if you consider all the asphalt as well) in non western countries, and I have not had a hard drive problem.
You only need to use flash drive computers if you put your laptop in a metal box and then ride it fast over rocky corrugated roads.
Steve was the only one of us to use metal box luggage, and he was the only one who had to use flash drives. EtronX and I had normal laptops with normal hard drives and normal backup drives - and we used soft luggage.