6 Ways to Backup your Data
Every day, 350 million photos are uploaded online to Facebook. Every minute, 500 hours of video content are uploaded to YouTube. And according to a 2012 survey by Boston Consulting Group, the average adult has more than 10GB of digital data — more than 100 times more than just a decade ago. Can you imagine what that amount is now – in 2018? That’s a lot of photos and videos! But your hard drive and flash drives won’t last forever. Do you have a backup plan in place if your drives fail? The recommendation by professionals is that you choose and consistently backup in 2 ways.
Six Backup Options to Consider:
- Save to an EHD:
- EHD’s are typically very easy to use.
- Prices have come down, making EHDs more affordable than ever before.
- EHD’s do run the risk of failure.
- Solid State Drives have less risk of failing.
- Burn to a DVD:
- While this is a reliable method, it can be time-consuming.
- DVD’s can be stored in a second location (away from your home), which provides safety.
- This can become expensive if you have a lot of data to backup.
- You have to remember to keep burning new data.
- Put on a USB Flash Drive:
- USB Drives are portable, making them easy to store in another location for safety.
- Flash Drives are not always reliable.
- You have to remember to keep backing up new data.
- Save to a NAS Device:
- A NAS device (network attached storage) is a server whose sole purpose is to save data.
- You can set an automatic backup and just let it run.
- They can be expensive. (PC Reviews on NAS devices).
- Cloud Storage:
- Dropbox; iCloud; Google Drive; OneDrive: Many of us already use these storage devices for saving documents or transferring files. Typically, for the amount of data that most of us probably have, we would need to pay for additional storage to make this a completely viable option.
- Amazon Prime Members get ulimted storage in Amazon’s Prime Photos.
- My experience with Dropbox is that sometimes it can be quirky.
- Online Backup:
My Personal Backup Plans:
- I back up to an EHD.
- I use BackBlaze as an online backup.
- I also back up to Google Drive and Dropbox.
This is one of those things that you can’t be too careful about. Having a good back up plan will take the sting of regret from losing months (or years) of photos, digital scrapbooking layouts, and important documents. What will you do today to protect yourself?