Data loss is something that can happen to anyone. It’s something all of us should be aware of. It can occur from many things including human error, software flaws, power outages, and physical damage to the storage device. Data loss can often be devastating event and cause permanent loss of photos, work documents, and other files that you do not want to be without. Backing up the data on your computer gives a separate copy of all your files. This is invaluable if loss occurs. Taking the time to backup your data is worth it, although sometimes it can be hard to figure out which backup method to use. I compare the two most popular backup methods — using an external USB hard drive and online/cloud backup. —You can determine which is the better option for you.
Should I Use An External Hard Drive ?
An easy and reliable way to secure your data is by using an external USB hard drive. I recommended that this external hard drive of 1T or more depending on how much you data you have. These days, cheap external hard drives come as 1 or 2 terabytes. That size is more than ample.
Positives and Reasons For External Drive (USB) backup
- Process is straightforward and the major OS have procedures built in
- Easy to transport to different location
- Relatively Cheap
- Back is typically quite fast
Negative and Reasons Against USB backup
- Can Be Lost
- Can be physically damaged and result in data loss
- Can get corrupted and result in data loss
- Must be backed up often otherwise it gets dated
- Possible to run out of space
What are Online or Cloud BackUps ?
Backing up files online, or cloud backup is a more recent technique and is very popular. Services include:
Positive Factors For Online Backups
- Easy to Upgrade
- Access your files from all your devices
- Cannot get lost
- Rigourous Encryption
Factors Against Online BackUp
- Monthly Cost can be expensive
- Time Required for initial backup
- Slow recovery
- Distrust of Online providers like Google, Microsoft, or Apple
So, Dominick…What’s The Best Option for Me?
Both are great options, far better than not backing up at all. Online/cloud backup is generally the better option for most people. It’s simply more convenient, safer, upgradable, cheaper (in some circumstances) and easier than using a USB backup. However, for some people, especially those with poor internet, an external hard drive is the better option.Want to know more about how you can backup? Reach me.