How to Choose the Right Backup Medium?
Data nowadays has become an essential and temperamental commodity. Data in the form of pictures, client records, company financials, etc. in the digital form are becoming more and more vulnerable due to the fragile nature of the hard drives and internet. Keeping your data safe is of prime importance now. Many people do not take this seriously until they have faced a situation where their data is lost. Selecting the right method to back up your data could be a confusing and overwhelming process. Here are a few different methods by which you can back up your precious data:
- Flash drive/ USB
A universal serial bus or USB can be used to store/ back up your data effectively. Due to its small capacity, data that is of only a few gigabytes can be stored on it. It is generally used for storing your presentations, pdf files, and files on the go. It can be easily carried without much trouble but also stands a chance to get lost easily. It is also seen that these are not very reliable when it comes to back up. They tend to break down quickly and should only be used for a temporary basis.
- External and personal cloud storage
Both cloud storage and external storage are widely accepted ways to back up your data. It offers a large storage area (500 GB or more) at the convenience of your home. It contains all the files of your device (from where you want to back up), typically saving on a daily, hourly, or weekly basis. The only limitation ascribed to the use of cloud services is that it must be plugged in or synced regularly making it a tedious process.
- Clone back up
You could also use a hard drive or solid-state drive to back up your data. An HDD or SSD, like cloud storage, has a capacity of 500 GB or more. A clone will contain all program files in case your data is lost from your primary hard drive. It would also include all your saved pictures and documents. A few people do not like this method as the most secure way to back up their data because there is a higher chance for physical damage, especially over a long period (3 or more years).
- Traditional cloud storage and back up
The traditional back up entails to storing of data on a different geological site altogether. This way offers much more security and redundancy, also in the event of some disaster such as fire, flood, or earthquake. Multiple copies are made and stored at various locations. Be a little careful while selecting your cloud storage service- it should not be vulnerable to hacks. This method is also considered to be a little costlier than any other means. You might have to pay monthly rentals.
You can use any of the above methods or a combination of these to secure your data. You might also want to consult an expert who might give you some insights into each one of these ways.