Hard Storage - This is an external hard drive with some sort of backup program installed. When it is hooked up it backs up all your precious files. This can also be a mirrored hard drive or another internal hard drive. This method is practical, rather inexpensive and keep your data backed up in-case your hard drive crashes. Downside is that that anything that happens to your PC most likely will happen to your backup device (ex: flood, fire, Power Surge, theft, etc). The other drawback with external is that you have to diligently connect it, failure to do so negates the process and the week you worked on that big project and forgot to run your backup, will be the day that you lose it.
Online - Cloud Based: There are several companies out there now that works with all your different devices. You can use Google products to keep your documents, pictures, videos, and all your other personal data completely in the cloud. However if you don’t have internet access your files are not at your reach. Utilizing online back-up services is a great way to keep your files on your computer and allow the system to work in the background keeping all your data safe and sound. We recommend Carbonite and have used it for several years. We have even restored a couple of clients machines from the Lansing area, that had their homes ruined, but their data was easily restored to their new machines.
Our choice, use both! The cost of recovery of hard drives that have been completely ruined is extremely expensive. Most services starting at $1500 and goes up depending on the size of your data, the success rate is usually not that high either.
Keep your data safe, and your back ups running, 10 years worth of photos can be gone in a heartbeat.
If interested in any of these options let us know, we can find you a definitive backup option for your specific needs.
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