There are a number of different backup solutions available today. While some may be better than others, all of them offer some type of protection against data loss. When you begin your search for the right service to protect your computer files, there are a few things you should know.

First of all, you will need to decide if you want to find backup solutions that use an external hard drive at your location. These can be very convenient should you need to restore all those files onto a new computer. However, if your computer is victim to a fire, flood or is stolen, the external hard drive may be affected as well.

If you want to store your files through an online data storage provider, your files will be in what’s commonly referred to as “cloud storage.” This means that your files, such as photos, music, databases, and other important information is stored on a remote service as well as online. It’s not only stored in cyberspace, which is where the reference to the clouds came from.

In terms of pricing, you can find some backup solutions that are free. Others charge a one-time fee or small monthly subscription amount. One of the advantages of a service you must pay for is that you normally have unlimited storage capacity. Most of the free services have a limit. If you are storing a large number of gigantic files, you may want to look at some of the commercial services.

Finally, you’ll want to look into how your retrieve your data if the unexpected should happen. As long as your external hard drive is not damaged, you can simply download your files to your new computer. If you use an online data storage provider, you may be able to simply sign into your account and download all original data. If you have tons of data in your storage account, it could take quite a while to recover it all.

The best backup solutions for you will depend on your need for storage space, recovery time, and if you want to pay for a provider’s service. It’s simply not worth it to lose your data!


One Response to “Choosing The Right Backup Solutions For You”

  1. on October 21st, 2010 11:08 am

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