Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

Shop online 24hrs a day or call us Mon-Fri
8:30AM-4:30PM EST - 1-800-915-2088
WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me
looking for freeware

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Off-Site and Cloud Storage

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, File & Disk Management, Free Downloads
 
Loading...


Tom from CA writes:

Follow up on the storage drives question. What about off-site storage and cloud storage?

Off-site and cloud-based storage are a great way to backup information you need to a remote place, just in case the unthinkable happens.

“What kind of unthinkable things could happen, Tim? I backup to a external hard drive connected to my computer so I’m safe, right?”

  • What if there is a fire and the hard drive melts?
  • What if thieves steal the PC and the backup drive?
  • What if your backup drive is hit by the lightning surge too?

So what can you do to protect the REALLY critical non-replaceable information? The best way to handle this is to have cloud-based or off-site storage.

Cloud based storage transfers certain information (usually a directory you choose) to a company’s servers and syncs that information with every computer that logs on to your account. The most popular of these services is Dropbox, which offers 2 GB of storage for free and plans starting at $9.99 a month for 100 GB of data. The great thing about Dropbox is that it’s as simple as saving files to your Dropbox folder – the rest is done automatically. You can even access your files by logging into your Dropbox account on the web. Dropbox with 2 GB of storage is available for free by clicking here.

Off-Site storage works very similar to cloud storage, but usually includes full system backups and more storage space. Off-Site storage isn’t meant so much to share and sync files between computers as much as it’s meant to backup your files in case of complete system failure. The simplest off-site storage is the physical kind where you put a USB flash drive or external hard drive in a safe at the bank or a friend’s house after your done copying files to it.

The online method of Off-Site backup involves transferring your files over the internet to a company’s servers. Companies such as Mozy, which offer 50GB for $5.99 a month or 125 GB for $9.99 a month, provide software that will automatically backup your files and information to their servers over the internet. Mozy also offers some benefits, like automatic backup, encrypted backups and online file restoration functions not generally available with regular cloud-based sharing sites. Mozy offers a free trial available by clicking here.

Which service is right for you? Well that depends on the amount of information you want to backup and how you want to manage the data transfer. Personally, I store an external hard drive in my bank’s safe that I transfer files to once a month, but the convince factor of a service like Dropbox or Mozy is making me think about signing up.

~Tim

Tags: , , , ,

One Response to “Off-Site and Cloud Storage”

  1. [...] stores your information on a server at another location. You can find out more about how it works here.  Most cell phone manufacturers have instructions for transferring photos and videos in the [...]

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.


Enter Email Address:

Subscribe

Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup



Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Subscribe


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

looking for freeware
WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive


Categories:
Archives: