Today there exists two methods of storing or backing
up data; through an external hard drive or with a cloud storage service. Let us
compare the two and find their merits and demerits.
Local hard disk storage costs less than an online
cloud storage. External hard disks are cheap and the user just incurs a one off
purchasing cost unlike cloud storage where there are recurring subscription and
bandwidth usage costs.
The issue of data security has become a hot subject
in the technology world today. The two methods of data storage have elicited
diverse opinions among tech gurus. However the issue narrows down to one simple
fact; with an external hard drive hacking of your data is close to impossible. The
only way you are likely to lose data is through physical access to your computer.
On the contrary, cloud storage services are susceptible to hacking. Once you
upload the data, you no longer have utmost control over it.
Cloud storage allows you to access your data from
anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. This is crucial if you use
more than one computer. Furthermore cloud storage allows you to access the data
from any internet supported device, be it your computer, iPad or smartphone with
any web browsers. External hard disks
must be carried around physically for you to access the data in them.
Most cloud storage services usually allow for up to
25GB of data which is comparatively large. However with external hard disks,
you can store as much as 1TB of data.
The method you choose will largely depend on your
needs. The type of data you want to store and how you would like to access it,
is crucial. External hard disks will give you security and a large storage for
your data while cloud storage offers you flexibility and convenience of
accessing your data from anywhere.