Years ago, people kept copies of important documents, photos and even music files on external hard drives. And while the methodology involved when it comes to backing up files has changed, the importance of doing so has not.
If you’re not using the cloud, if your computer decides to quit, you may lose everything. If your home experiences a flood, or if your device is stolen during a home burglary or while you’re traveling, you’re likely to regret not having documents and photos backed up.
Regardless as to whether you’re a freelancer, a journalist or a parent who only uses the computer for email and web browsing, there isn’t a good reason why you shouldn’t be using a cloud storage.
Below are just a few of the reasons this is a smart move.
Your flash drive could betray you
Let’s say you’re backing up to a flash drive; while this is certainly a step in the right direction there are still any number of things that could go wrong. First and foremost, flash drives are small, and they tend to get lost easily. That, and flash drives don’t have unlimited space- which means you may have multiple files on multiple devices, and as we just mentioned, flash drives aren’t terribly hard to lose.
A few years ago, we had a client come in who was beside herself, because her new roommate threw an old flash drive into the trash, because the new roommate didn’t know what it was. The computer that initially housed all the files was long gone, and the flash drive held the only copies of many important documents and family photos.
Had this client backed her files up to the cloud, she’d still have access to those files today.
More space, less money
Cloud-based storage is extremely affordable and companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple all offer a variety of storage options. If you’re a light user, there are any number of free cloud storage options that are available to you. It all depends on what you need backed up and how large the files are. If you find that the free options don’t meet your needs, you’ll be able to upgrade to the next level for a few dollars a month.
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At Rocky Mountain Computer Specialists, we have years of experience in helping our customers with all of their computer and networking problems.
I build my own computers but once in a while (more often than I like to admit) I make a mess of things and can’t find what I did wrong. I’ve been taking my problem PCs to RMCS for YEARS. They have always fixed my messes and have never once teased me about the limits to my knowledge. 🙂 – Ed W.