Do you want/need to back up your data but aren’t sure what is the best way to do so? Read below as we have compiled a list of the best ways/programs to use to back up your data from your computer.
Keep it in the cloud:
Cloud storage is a term that refers to online space. The cloud is usually provided by using a large network of virtual servers. It is accessible for both computer and phone. The cloud typically comes with free storage space and reasonable fees for additional space, This of course depends on which one you choose to use.
Below is a list of some examples including the pros and cons of storing data on the cloud:
– OneDrive is a free service offered by Microsoft. OneDrive is accessible via phone as well as computer. It includes 5GB of free storage and you will need to create a microsoft account to use it which is also free.
– iCloud is for Apple product users but can synced with Windows using iCloud Drive. It includes 5GB of free storage.
– Dropbox offers personal and business subscriptions. A personal account subscription has 2GB of free storage.
– Google Drive puts files within reach from any tablet, phone or computer. Google Drive includes 15GB of free storage.
File History is only usable on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It protects files stored in several locations. File History snapshots versions of your files and stores them on an external hard drive and builds a library of past versions that can be recovered. For example, if there is a document that you are working on and you prefer a sentence that you have deleted you can go through your file history to find the old sentence again.
Cloning: Cloning creates an exact replica of boot records, files, setting and themes. Cloning is when a byte to byte copy of a drive is made onto another physical drive, this includes all of the information that enables you to boot to the operating system from the drive. A third party disk clone software is necessary to clone one hard drive to another.
Save to an external HDD:
Saving to an external HDD is another option. External hard drives are typically wired devices. Most come with USB 3.0 but your computer will need it also if you wish to take full advantage of the feature. Saving to and external hard drive means that you will be able to carry around your data where ever you go and you will be able to access your data without needing the internet to do so. Another great thing is that you have the ability to schedule backups with the help of some software.
Save to a NAS device:
NAS stands for “Network Attached Storage” that is a server dedicated to saving data. It can be used either wired or wireless, it typically just depends on your drive and computer. It can display as simply another drive once configured. Using a NAS is great because you have the ability to schedule backups and you are able to do so on several drives/computers at one time.
So that concludes what we think are the best forms of back up your data. Let us know in the comments below what you use and why it works best for you!