Saving on Cloud Storage or External Hard Drive
December 13, 2012 10:19am CST
What would you chose, back up your data on cloud storage or on external hard drive? I have an experience about lost data. My hard disk drive was broken, my flash drive was formatted permanently. I will prefer to save my data to external hard drive. Because its make my data save on my hand. No need to download. So, what's your opinion?
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14 Dec 12
Cloud storage does give one free and extra storage but the providers kind of have a lien on it in that what if they withdraw this facility? For example, there are providers of free hosting facility but suddenly they expect payment. Just a thought!
13 Dec 12
Regardless on which storage devices you choose, it really depends on which meets up your needs in terms of data storage needs. Since it will all draw down to what data you want to store whether it has a large number of data or rather just a small back-up for some files over your device. If you go over storing some exclusive and private information, then local storage is one secure option. But if you go to portability, then external hard drives are best for you. It is also less pricey than cloud storage. No matter which method you choose, both cloud storage and external hard drives perform superbly when it comes to effectively backing up and storing your data.
14 Dec 12
Amazing opinion. I agree with your reason. But, what will you do to keep your external hard drive safely from any damage? There are many damages wait to our external hard drive, like get wet, viruses, disappear, etc. What's your opinion about it? Of course, cloud storage have the risks too. But, i think it will be less than external storage.
• St. Peters, Missouri
13 Dec 12
There are definite disadvantages to using flash drives and external drives. All these things can be destroyed. If you ever remove your flash drive from your computer to take it somewhere (even just to your purse), you also have the risk of it being lost or left somewhere. And flashdrives have a life expectancy. What happens when you can no longer access the information on your flashdrive? Anything left in the home can be destroyed. Even though I'm aware of all these drawbacks, I do still use a flashdrive for some of my storage. However, I'm gradually converting everything to the cloud. The cloud has many advantages. It's everywhere - all computers that can access the Internet - without you having to do anything. It's actually stored in multiple places, so it's safer. When you store something on the cloud, it's stored in multiple servers, all located in different locations. It's normally just as easy to save to the cloud as it to a flashdrive or external hard drive. And best of all, THERE ARE FREE OPTIONS! Take a look at this site to see some of the current free options and what you get with each. Even if you're not ready to move to the cloud, keep your flashdrive or external storage and try to store just one document on the cloud. See how easy it is. You may find you really like it. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/092512-free-cloud-262764.html?page=2
• St. Peters, Missouri
14 Dec 12
How big is very big? Do you have any idea of the actual size you have? Are we talking a couple kilobytes? Any as big as a megabyte? How big is the flashdrive you store this on - or do you need multiple flashdrives? I don't have any large documents right now, but most of my single documents are in the range of several hundred kilobytes. I've seen documents that have to be measured using megabytes. However, the space allowed on the cloud is multiple gigabytes. The free space is usually around 5 gigabytes. As far as the downloading time, it should be comparable to getting your files off the flashdrive. The document has to be loaded into the memory of the computer. The correct program needs to start. Then the program can open your document. The only real difference in downloading time would be that if it's on the cloud, you would have to go to the website of the company where your information is stored and navigate to your cloud storage before you could open your document. One thing you might try is to take another document, it doesn't have to be your main information, and store it in someone's cloud. To make yourself more comfortable, choose something you wouldn't mind losing. Make sure it's backed-up on your flashdrive. Then make some changes. Close it. Open it. Use it like you would if it were your main information. See what exactly you would have to do in order to use the cloud. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to talk you through it. I noticed one poster mentioned the possibility that the company where you are storing your things could go out of business. This is true. It's possible. While I really don't believe a reputable company would just shut their doors one day without any warning, it's definitely something to consider. However, there are alternatives. My suggestion would be to use two locations. There's no way they would both go out of business at exactly the same time without any warning. If one goes out of business, you would still have everything in the other system. You could then look for a new 2nd location. The site I mentioned earlier has 12 free sites. Microsoft is one. Microsoft should be fairly secure. You could choose your other based on size or any other need you might have.
• Hyderabad, India
1 Oct 13
Cloud is obviously good for storing important data and gives you more comfort on accessibility as well as secured data back up.
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