Desktop Storage – Figuring Out What You Need
There are many desktop storage solutions available. To figure out which works best for your needs you will need to consider size, price, physical size, and how it will work with your system. As with any technology there are pros and cons to consider to determine which is best for you.
Bad News First
Let’s get the unpleasant out of the way right up front. Physical technology of any type suffers from age, so the longer you have the device the more chances it has to degrade and eventually be unstable. If your backup plan is to keep a backup only on an external hard drive and it becomes damaged from falling or other accidents you may be unable to access it. Relying only on a means of physical storage also limits your ability to access and work with the files. If you only use those particular files from one place this may not be a big concern for you, but if you are a business professional who sometimes works from home or abroad, or a college student who works on their stuff both at home and in a public computer lab the chances of forgetting your hard drive could spoil the day to be sure. The biggest con in our security minded culture is that most people do not encrypt their hard drives and they can be tucked into someone’s pocket substantially more easily than a desktop or laptop computer.
The Spoon Full Of Sugar
Don’t let the cons put you off external hard drives though, these devices can be the difference between losing years of data or just a day’s worth of time while you restore. Externals are eminently transportable, they can be carried easily in a pocket, backpack, luggage, or briefcase. The allow you to easily keep all of your files in one place and access them from any computer you plug it into. They also take some of the strain off of your computer by storing accessible files in a separate place that can be accessed so long as the device is attached. As an avid digital photographer, I often shoot thirty or more hi res shots every time I go out on a shooting excursion. I keep my files in .RAW format making these files very large, if I were to store them all on my desktop they would eat up the available memory quite quickly. The same goes for media files such as music or movies. The files can be accessed by your PC any time but don’t put a strain on your computer’s internal memory. The external hard drive becomes even more useful when coupled with a cloud storage solution allowing for redundancy in case of emergency, allows access to your data anywhere with a net connection but ensures you will be able to use the files even with no net connection.
Redundancy Is The Best Policy
When you are determining your needs for desktop storage, it is best to consider cloud storage as a part of that equation. You don’t want to choose either or, but rather one of each. Large capacity drives are available quite cheap nowadays and there are as many choices with cloud storage providers as well. To help you decide which cloud storage solution best fits with your desktop storage needs, our experts have put together an easy to read table highlighting the pros and cons of some of the top storage providers below.