What you can do when data disasters strikes!
It’s everyone’s worst nightmare. You have built up all your documents on your PC or laptop, and things are going swimmingly. And then, one day you try to access your information…and you can’t. This happened to be after a holiday to New York, and I lost ALL of my personal photographs, not to mention my business documents. I was devastated. This is what led me to investigate what options there are for protecting your data in the event of a document disaster.
The first important point to make here is that no solution for storing your information will ever be one hundred percent safe. Everything has a drawback, and when it comes to storing data this could be vulnerability to hacking, danger of fire, theft or loss, or even corruption through viruses. However, having said that there are still some options for us to choose which can save us from the devastation that a complete loss of data would cause.
Using CDs or DVDs to back up your files
This is a relatively well-known way of backing up photos and other information. All you need to do is purchase some blank CDs and burn your information directly on to them. Label them well, and then keep them safe. This can be time – consuming, and also risky as there is always the possibility that your CDs could get lost, corrupt, or be stolen. DVD storage capacity is between 4.7GB and 17GB. For me it’s also another safe and secure way to save your personal data but I would use it only for photos and videos.
Purchasing external storage hardware
Storage hardware is one of the most popular ways of backing up data. All you need to do is purchase the kit and transfer all of your important files across to the new hardware. However, this can be time-consuming and again you risk losing the hardware through accidental damage, theft, or fire. A brand new external data storage can cost between $50 to $250 depending on your personal needs. If you have large files on your computer like high quality pictures or videos, you will need a large external storage disk but if your files are word documents, presentations and small applications you can buy a smaller disk drive or even a flash drive for quick backups! For better data transfer speed prefer a USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt.
Online storage solutions
The latest brainwave of software developers, online storage seems to be the most streamlined way of storing your important data. It’s safer than standard methods of backup, and is relatively inexpensive when compared with the cost of recovering your data from a crashed hard disk. Online backups are a completely new way to store your files. Most of us are afraid to save our files and documents on the web thinking that may get stolen or hacked. In our days though, everything we use in a daily basis depends on the internet and we use an internet connection to work, contact and communicate with other people. It is almost the same risk if you have your files on your computer or in the cloud. Both ways use internet access and are vulnerable to anyone with no good intentions. While this may not suit people who dislike new technologies, it looks like online storage is the way forward for the future of data recovery and secure storage.