You’ve heard the saying “Don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone?” Well, that’s especially true when it comes to important work documents and sentimental photos. You may think they’re safe on your laptop, but what happens if there’s a fire in your house, a virus corrupts your files, or your laptop fails? The best way to ensure your files stay secure is to back them up externally. Here, we look at all the data storage options and their benefits.
How to Back Up Your Data
USB Thumb Drive and SD card
For storing small documents or a moderate number of photos, a USB stick or “thumb drive” should work. These tiny gadgets can hold up to 32 GB. Or if you have a laptop with an SD card slot, you can use that. A 32 GB SD card will hold about 6,300 images shot on a smartphone. Just keep in mind that you can easily lose a thumb drive as well, so be sure to store it in a secure place.
External Hard Drive
If you have large media files such as videos, you’ll need more storage space. An external hard drive can store about 2,000 GB, but it can take quite a bit of time to download huge files. Some are portable, similar to a USB, while some are stationary and need an AC outlet. But you may want to have a “backup” of this type of backup since they can die over time.
Solid-State Drive (SSD)
For large files and faster downloading, consider a Solid-State Drive. It’s smaller, lighter, and more durable than an external hard drive, and doesn’t require as much power. This is helpful when using it on the go with your laptop since it doesn’t drain the battery.
Cloud storage is the best way to store files offsite, safe from fires, floods, viruses, and any other situation in which you could lose data. The benefit of Cloud is that you can access it from anywhere with an Internet connection, while the disadvantage is that you’re basically renting storage space.
Which Backup Plan is Best for You?
If you’re not sure what is best for storing your files, just ask an HTC team member. Your best deal to consider purchasing may be our SecureIT Web Security Software. With SecureIT Web Security Software, you automatically get 5GB of backup in addition to several other security features for only $5.99 per month. Give us a call at 618-939-6112 to find out more!
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