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External Hard Drive vs. Cloud Storage

Everyone should know why it’s important to back up their data – to avoid potentially catastrophic data loss, if you weren’t aware – but for many people, how to back up their files isn’t nearly as clear-cut. There are two primary methods of storing digital data: locally on an external hard drive or remotely with a third-party cloud storage service. Both options have distinct advantages – and disadvantages – so knowing exactly what those are can help you choose the method that is best suited for you and your data.

The Lure of Local Storage

lg-xd4-external-hard-driveWhether you are a consumer or a business, cost is often king. In the price wars between cloud and local storage, the latter almost always wins. External hard drives are cheaper than ever, and local storage has the benefit of a one-time upfront cost, without the recurring subscription and bandwidth-usage fees that are typical with cloud storage.

Another factor in which local storage reigns supreme is security. Unless someone has physical access to your desktop or portable hard drive, your files aren’t susceptible to hacking or theft. With a cloud service, once you upload your files, the provider has complete control over where and how your data is stored. This is one of many reasons why it’s crucial to read the terms and privacy policies of any cloud storage provider you considering using.

The Case for Cloud Storage

Cloud-storageMost of us have digital data spread across a wide array of devices. While an external hard drive limits you to backing up computers, cloud storage allows you to back up files stored on any internet-connected device. Furthermore, you can access those stored files from any web browser, so cloud storage gives you unmatched accessibility and flexibility.

Many top cloud storage services also offer a limited amount of free storage – anywhere from 2GB to 25GB. This allows you to try the service with no obligation to see if it’s a good fit for you, and to store a limited number of files that you can access anywhere.

Which Method is Best?

The storage method that will work best for you largely depends on the type of data you want to store and how you want to access it. For businesses, and perhaps some consumers, who need to store proprietary or sensitive information, local storage is the most secure option. External hard drives are also more cost-effective than cloud services, especially when you store large amounts of data; portable hard drives have a lower cost-per-gigabyte, so you get more bang – in this case, storage capacity – for your buck.

If convenience and flexibility are priorities, cloud storage will give you unfettered access to your data over any internet connection. This is especially important if you routinely use different computers (e.g., a work computer and a personal laptop) or store data on multiple internet-enabled devices.

Why Online Backup?

It’s not a question of will you lose your data … it’s when! That’s why Backup Online is so important!

Bad things happen all the time. Whether it’s a catastrophic event, such as an earthquake, fire, flood, or the more common virus, hard drive crash, computer theft, you will eventually lose your photos, movies, music, and documents.


If you have valuable data you can’t replace, the only real way to protect them is an Online Backup.

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Backup Online saves much more than data. It saves you time and money.

Natural disasters. Power surges. Accidents and equipment failures. Human error. Viruses. Theft. These are generally everyday occurrences and only a few people safeguard their critical data from them. Even fewer handle their backups properly or store them securely offsite.

Few people believe that data disaster will happen … and then it does. Many people realize way too late they have no usable backup copies of their key files. No knowledge of the whereabouts of backups. No records of modifications made to critical files. Just downtime, lost opportunities and the need to recreate hours of work at a very high price.

If you use an Online Backup service, you will never have to worry about these issues again. Just sign up for an Online Backup service and minutes later you’ll have an effective vault, library and central storage system for all your data. Backup Online eliminates expenditures for backup external drives, disks, tapes, as well as other backup equipment. It’s the only solution you need to protect and manage your important data. You’ll experience effortless organization and recoverability of your key data in case of any kind of loss – from catastrophic system failures to everyday problems.

Full data security has never been easier!

Text documents, contracts and contacts, addresses, important email messages, financial records, databases … these can all disappear forever unless you make use of an effective Backup Online solution. Disks are easily damaged or lost. Backup tapes offer limited storage space. Computers are vulnerable to viruses and theft. When it comes to administration and security of critical data, you can’t afford to take chances.

Backup Online effortlessly eliminates the leading causes of data loss: failure of physical media and human error. With Backup Online, you can effectively and efficiently manage your critical data 24/7 from anywhere. Your data is automatically encrypted and sent to backup servers through the Internet.

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“I never waste memory on things that can easily be stored and retrieved from elsewhere.”
Albert Einstein

“Hard disks crash. People delete. Weather destroys. Thieves steal. Fire burns. But nothing will get to your data if you keep it safe in an Internet data vault… New Internet services make remote storage hassle-free.”
PC Computing

“In a newly released survey, 64% of small to medium-sized businesses said they backup their data on-site, not off-site. That is a disaster waiting to happen,’
says Adam Couture, principal analyst at Gartner.

‘Anything that happens to their servers is even going to happen to their backups.”

“… we strongly endorse Backup Online services as one component of a sound backup strategy … they are an excellent way to store critical files where you know you can get to them, no matter what unpleasant disaster befalls.”
PC World

“Despite the actual myths surrounding Backup Online, it is fast becoming the standard in the business of data backup storage. Backup Online has proven itself to be a fundamental component of disaster recovery and business continuity plans.”
E-Commerce Times

“… and that’s the simple beauty of Backup Online. It is always done. It is always complete. It is always offsite. It is always available.”
The CPA Software News

“Generally, Backup Online make the most sense for companies with high-speed Internet connections. Backup Online can be a practical way to address the compelling need for redundant, off-site storage, and the needs of companies with users who have critical data that should be backed up. Backup Online services have some advantages over the hardware featured in this review. If you store your data off-site and a fire destroys your office, you can recover your data almost immediately via an Internet connection from any location. Another benefit: You don’t necessarily have to buy, maintain, or store a backup drive and media or record details like which disc you used, and which one you specified for an incremental backup.”
PC World


Disaster-Proof Your Data with Online Backup

World Backup Day is upon us, and it’s a good reminder that all that digital content you treasure is just a hard disk crash away from oblivion.

It’s no coincidence that World Backup Day is right before April Fools’ Day. The implication is clear: If you’re not backed up, there’s all the chance in the world that you could end up looking like a fool. All foolishness aside, the point of the faux holiday is an important one: We’re creating vast amounts of digital content—photos, videos, music, and documents—all of which is just a hard drive crash away from obliteration. Other data-ending events threaten, as well: You could be the victim of a fire or flood, or you may just delete data unintentionally.

While it’s not a bad idea to simply back your precious files up to an external hard drive, an online backup service offers the advantage of securely store your files at off-site server locations, so that your data stays intact and available even if your local disks are stolen or your premises are struck by damage. And with more and more emphasis on “cloud computing,” it only makes sense that backup should take advantage of this hot trend in technology. Below we take a close look at ten of the most popular and innovative cloud backup services to help you choose the one that’s right for your needs and budget.

Though it seems like a simple proposition—regularly upload important files to a secure server—there are a surprising number of factors and features to consider when choosing an online backup service: Does it upload new and changed files immediately? Does it allow syncing or sharing of data? Can it back up files while you have them open? Is there a Web client for restoring? Is there a mobile client? A Mac client? For some, the most important question is “How much will it cost?”

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