Don’t Be a Loser: How to Backup Your Files

Flash Drives, External Hard Drives, and Cloud Storage

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In this day and age, whether it is on a computer or mobile device, people have a countless amount of digital files stored. From tax documents to family photos, important and precious files are entrusted on just a single hard drive. 

Can you see the problem there? Leaving all of your files in one place opens you up more to the possibility of losing them. Plus, there are various ways in which that can happen – theft, hard drive failure, and even natural disasters can wipe out the existence of your files. 

As a result, it is highly recommended that you create multiple backups of your documents. This might already be in the back of your mind, but it is best to act on creating copies of your files ASAP – especially when it is so easy to do. 

Note that this topic will not cover how to actually recover your files if they are currently in a perilous state. For that, it would be advised looking into using specialist software. Read some reviews for data recovery software and go from there. 

With that said, let’s move on to showing how you can back up your files before they are potentially lost forever. 

Flash Drive

If you don’t have many files or only want to keep a copy of the essentials, a flash drive could well be the best option available. 

Advantages: One of the main benefits of using a flash drive is its portability. Thanks to generally being small enough to attach to a keychain, these drives are especially easy to carry around and use whenever needed. Another positive aspect of a flash drive is that it is easy to use, and connects immediately via USB without needing to download anything. 

Disadvantages: When compared to alternative choices on the market, the biggest drawback of a flash drive is the storage space provided – the most cost-effective models usually top out at 64GB. While it is highly unlikely with newer drives, their reliability – due to the usual wear and tear – is also a potential concern.

External Hard Drive 

As its name signifies, an external hard drive is exactly like the one that currently sits in your computer – the only difference being that it is a separate entity, hence the use of ‘external’ in its name!  

Advantages: When combined with their cost, storage space is the largest selling point of an external hard drive. Hard drives going all the way up to a massive 4TB are available for a relatively cheap price. Like flash drives, they are also very simple to use.

Disadvantages: Just like an internal hard drive, an external one is also fallible to failing. Despite typically lasting for multiple years at the very least, the hard drive might one day decide to stop working for a variety of reasons. 

Cloud Storage

Instead of using physical means, cloud storage allows you to store your files ‘online’ via external servers.

Advantages: With a simple internet connection, you can upload and view your files effortlessly. Many cloud hosting companies will also supply you with a nice amount of storage for free, while more space is normally available for a small monthly fee.

Disadvantages: Due to recent hacks involving celebrities and their intimate files, the cloud’s security standards have come under scrutiny at times. Other problems include needing an internet connection to access files and potentially slow upload speeds.

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