Online Cloud Storage.
Online cloud storage is a necessity rather than a luxury and one that you cannot afford to be without. Imagine that you have just one laptop that you use and it is your only PC, and that you have not backed up or made a copy of your folders and files, what would happen if you were to lose that PC or it was stolen, damaged or the hard drive on it failed?
All of your files would be lost, and by files, I mean all of your photographs, videos, music and documents etc, that you have carefully built up and saved on your PC’s hard drive. This would be very disastrous for most people, so it is a good idea to have a backup or a copy of your precious data and keep it somewhere else other than on just one PC.
What Is It?
Online cloud storage is basically storage space, measured in gigabytes, on a hard drive in a remote computer located in a data centre that can be anywhere in the world, you just connect to your secure user account via your web browser from your own PC, and upload and synchronise your folders and files for safe storage in exchange for a small monthly or yearly fee, the more space that you require the more it will cost you, sometimes discounts are on offer if you pay annually.
There are several online cloud storage services available today that will store your data, and to get you started most of them will offer you a small amount of storage space for free, this can be from 5GB and upwards, the idea here is so that you can try their service to get used to the way that their service works without making any commitment.
Google Drive, for example, offers 15GB of storage space for free, and if you have a Google email address, you already have the storage space, you just need to activate it within your Google account.
The Price That You Pay.
Paid for online cloud storage is relatively cheap, Google Drive, for example, cost’s just £1.59GBP per month or £15.99 per year for a whopping 100Gb of storage space, this is a small price to pay for peace of mind that your data is safely stored and that you are able to recover it at any time should the worse happen.
The benefits of having an online cloud storage account is that it will update automatically, so for example, if you make changes to a document or add documents to a folder on your PC, the changes will be reflected in your online account automatically, so you don’t have to do it yourself, and most online cloud storage companies will send you a regular e-mail that will give you a status of your backups so that you can check that you are all up to date.
This is just one way that you can protect yourself against data loss, but it comes with an ongoing monthly or yearly cost, if you do not want to have an ongoing monthly cost, you can save your data to a Network Attached Storage drive or NAS drive.
This is a device that you purchase once, and is a physical hard drive, usually of a very large capacity, that you attach to your network via your router, and is able to automatically copy your files and folders and keep in sync in a continuous back up mode with the folders and files on your PC, similar to the online cloud storage as mentioned above, see my post on Network Attached Storage.
As you can see it is always a good idea to have your data copied to at least two different places so in the event of a disaster happening, you will be able to recover your folders and files easily. If you are considering getting an online cloud storage and have any questions please ask in the comment box below or if you already have online cloud storage you can also leave a comment below.