In our September meeting, we had a great explanation from Thomas MacEntee of what cloud storage is and how to use it. Many people are still a bit afraid of storing their research and photos in the cloud. What are your options?
No External Storage
If you just have your information on your laptop of a desktop computer, there is a very good chance you will have a catastrophic failure and lose your data. Mechanical storage devices fail. Hard drives by design are mechanical devices with spinning disks, a drive motor, and moving arms. Mechanical devices all have a high possibility of failing.
How long will a hard drive last? There is a lot of hype about hard drives and how long will they last before they fail. I can tell you in my own experience, I have purchased new drives, which failed right out of the box. I have also had some of my hard drives spinning 24/7 for the last 7 years without a hiccup. So should you worry? YES.
If you do not have any external back up of your computer data, you are taking a big risk.
Storage Options –
DVD - Many older computers have a DVD/CD writer. DVD has a low failure rate and can be a very affordable storage device.
Thumb Drives – if you have a USB port on your computer, a thumb drive can be a great option to back up your data.
External Hard Drive - This is another way to store large amounts of data and have the peace of mind that you have your data in more than just one failure point.
If you have any thoughts or questions, please leave a comment here and we can start a community discussion.