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How to Select the Right Data Storage for You

There are so many options for free (or low cost) data storage. So how do you determine which option is right for you? With assistance from consumer reports, here are some things to consider when selecting data backup options.

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What is cloud based computer storage?

Backing up computer data in a separate location from your hard drive is one way to help make sure your documents and photos are safe in case your computer malfunctions. There are many different options from external hard drives and USB flash drives to cloud storage. But what does it mean to save something to the cloud?

When you’re saving to the cloud, what that really means is that your computer or device is connected to the internet and sends a copy of that file through the internet to a server to store the file as opposed to saving it directly to the computer. All storage solutions have their pros and cons, but one of the benefits of storing to the cloud is that you can access this information from any location, and don’t necessarily have to bring your computer with you to work on a document.

What should I look for with storage options?

With the number of storage solutions on the rise, from cloud storage to external hard drives, it can be difficult to know what to look for when selecting the right option for your data needs. According to one consumer report, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • How many computers will be saving to the device?
  • How much storage do you think you’ll need?
  • Do you want the flexibility of accessing your information from any location, or do you prefer to carry around an external device?
  • Are you saving photos? Documents? Music? All of the above?
  • How often are you planning on backing up your information? Do you want to do so manually or have it automated?
  • What other backup locations are you planning to save your files to?
  • How much security do you want to have on your files?

Keeping these questions in mind will help guide your research into what is the best storage solution for you and your family’s needs.

Keep in mind that it’s recommended to save your files in multiple places whether it be on your machine, the cloud and an external hard drive, a practice known in the industry as redundancy. No matter which storage option you pick, however, securing your documents doesn’t stop with a backup. The theft, damage or loss of your computer can put an unexpected dent in your bank account. Whether backing up personal data or files from your home-based business, be sure your valuable data is sufficiently covered. Talk to your independent insurance agent to find out how they can help you make sure your data and technology are protected.

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