Know which computer storage devices are superior

by | Mar 17, 2016 | Business Continuity

What you need to know about Computer Storage Devices

Everyone has files on their hard drive that are important to them. Whether it’s financial information, a detailed calendar, or family photos from the past, they aren’t safe there. If they’re only stored on the hard drive, then they could be destroyed by a natural disaster, user error, or simply the hard drive getting old. This is why backups are important. Here are a few of the computer storage devices on which to store backups of your most important files.

Another hard drive

Ok, this seems kind of silly, and it’s definitely not enough on its own, but it’s a good start. Buy an external hard drive  and copy all of your important files to it. You can just put it in a closet somewhere, but it’s better if you leave it in a different location, such as a friend’s house, or even a safety deposit box at a bank. That way, if something terrible happens, like a house fire, one copy is still safe.

Flash drive

Although it’s the least safe option listed here, it wouldn’t hurt to simply copy your files to a flash drive. Flash drives are often more convenient than hard drives, although it’s still best to leave them somewhere off-site. Rewritable DVDs can serve the same purpose if you prefer.

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The cloud

Certainly moving in the right direction, this is one of the better computer storage devices for backing up your files. However, it is still flawed. Technically, if you only have a few things that are important to you, you could do this through your own e-mail account, but it’s best to get a subscription to a backup service. Most of them will even run scheduled backups automatically once you get everything set up.

Hybrid system

So you know the cloud is a great, and there are also some definite advantages of using hardware based backup systems. Why not put them together? A hybrid system combines the cloud with on-site hardware and provides the benefits from both systems.

Looking for more help backing up your files to a computer storage device? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.