Data backup is one of the hottest concepts in technology, not because it’s new, but because methods and preferences are changing rapidly. Additionally, the need for sufficient data backup on computers and other devices has increased, as more and more businesses are “going digital.” So, where do things stand with different ways of backing up your data in 2013? Generally speaking, there are 5 main methods used.
Here’s a look at each one.
All in all, storing data on a CD is becoming something of an archaic method. In fact, many of the newer computers on the market – at least laptops – don’t come with CD drives built in. That said, storing data on a CD remains a very simple option, and works for light personal needs. Things like storing excess music that you don’t want clogging your computer are still appropriate in this way.
Another very simple method of backup is to simply email yourself a file or document. Basically, this ensures that you can access and download that file from any device, meaning that if the computer you ordinarily work on is compromised, the file is not. This is only useful for the occasional single file, but is still a popular form of backup among certain people, such as students.
Arguably the most popular form of backup over the past decade, USB drives remain useful and handy. They are small, portable, and can be bought with varying degrees of memory, which makes them very versatile options. With some more powerful USB drives, you can actually backup about a computer’s worth of data! The only downside of this form of backup is that you become dependent on a small, easy to lose device.
External Hard Drives
Think of an external hard drive as a larger, more capable USB, in that it provides the same type of backup. External hard drives are popular for people who want entire droves of data handy, but not clogging up computers. From extensive music, video and photo collections, to work-related files, etc., there are definitely some files you don’t need constant access to, and storing them on an external hard drive keeps your computer free for everyday data.
Finally, there are the cloud storage options offered by providers from ShareFile to Google. Cloud storage is the high-tech version of self-email backup. Basically, by saving your data to your cloud online, you are placing it in a secure, off-site server. This means that you can access your data in the cloud from any device that can access the Internet, saving you from relying on a particular device, and saving your devices from being clogged with excess data.