By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
If you would like to have your own offline 15 million page copy of the entire Wikipedia (the online encyclopedia), here’s how to do it:
Should the internet ever become unavailable to you, or if you would simply like a stand-alone portable encyclopedia for reference on your computer or on a portable USB thumb drive, it is possible (and free) to download your own copy of the latest Wikipedia.
It’s not for the faint of heart, as it will require a significant download from the internet. But if you have high speed internet and unlimited bandwidth, it can be done in several hours (at best), but probably a bit longer (or even longer than a bit longer ).
I recently did this with a DSL connection (I’m rural) which tops out at 7 Mbps, and it took most of the business day to complete the download.