Now it’s the age, we keep our digital data as our valuable possessions. Digital data, thus should be stored as not to be vulnerable. As photos, music, and video have left our shelves and shoe boxes for a spot on our hard drive, it has become our responsibility to make sure they stay there.
Data loss, especially when it comes to one of a kind files like family photos really is a great loss.
The easiest way to keep a spare copy of your data on hand is to back it up to an external hard drive. Both Macs and PCs have built-in backup utilities that not only backup spare files, but can make a perfect duplicate of your internal hard drive. Another major benefit to having a local backup is that it doesn’t take a long time to create or restore from. Unlike online backups, which rely on your internet connection, local backups are done over USB. If you don’t have a lot of data, the process of creating or restoring from a backup might only take a couple of hours.
The first is that if you’ve got a laptop, it’s on you to remember to make backups regularly. On a desktop it’s a little more set-it-and-forget-it; just plug a hard drive into your USB port, set up the backup utility, and go. The second problem is that local backups won’t keep your data safe from natural disasters or theft.
In the age of iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft’s One Drive, what it means to have an online backup of your data is a little confusing. The rationale behind online backup is simple. By frequently (or continuously) backing up data on a remote hard drive, the risk of catastrophic data loss as a result of fire, theft, file corruption, or other disaster is practically eliminated. With a high-speed Internet connection and a Web browser interface, the remote files and folders appear as if they are stored on an external local hard drive. Online backups can provide a convenient solution in multi-user systems because they do not require downtime, as does a conventional offline (cold) backup.