Computer experts have for many years been on quest to fit more and more information into smaller amounts of space. This has seen the hard drives get smaller and smaller with every passing day and this has been a result of continued research and development. Just as hard drives in the laptops and other mobile devices get smaller so do their counterparts the external hard drives which are also getting smaller and smaller yet disk space gets larger and larger. The options now available are up to 1.5 terabytes of space and which can store such a big volume of data which may include documents, photos, audio and video files and just any kind of data that an individual or a business may have in their possession.
The external and portable storage devices have been popular and people have opted for the three major types of these devices which are the portable drives, the flash drives, and the desktop drives. All these categories of external storage devices have different capacities and uses owing to the manner in which they have been manufactured. Some of the devices have been manufactured for the purposes of transporting data from one computer to another. Yet others are meant for saving data and information for some period of time. Every single type of external and portable drive has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages, and these are also dependent on the various types of uses that the drives are put to. The flash drives are the tiniest both in terms of space and size. The external hard drives and the desktop hard drives are larger in size and they offer much bigger capacities than the flash drives with capacities up to 4TB. These desktop hard drives are more of the backup solution and they are powered from the wall. These are also available in various different interfaces and are able to provide various different performances, especially in terms of connection speeds and transfer rates.
Now having seen the importance of the external drives and the manner in which they have been readily accepted in the information technology world, it is also prudent to have a look at the second side of the coin. Soliciting information from a computer disaster recovery expert will give the advice that data should be backed up and this is much so for the data which is found on the hard drives. The need to have a backup solution is now a principle in business and which has to be applied to all the different users whether they are on the single desktop unit or they are using the other options of the storage which are known not to be entirely reliable due to occasional incidences of the storage crashing and all data contained getting lost.
A solution to the problem of external hard drive storage has been the online backup which has become very popular. The shift to the online backup has been slow and but the pace has picked up as more and more online options and services are provided and more and more people learn the advantages and disadvantages of these online backup services and solutions. A look at the advantages of the online backups unveils that the solution to data storage is cheaper than the external hard drives which are very expensive to set up and which are also very expensive to maintain as well as being very easy to lose–both the storage drives and the data contained therein. The online storage is offered at a small and affordable cost, which has been scaled down to what is suitable for a specific business, company or individual.
The online backup has the advantage of real time access to data and also the restoration of data can be done at good speeds right to the exact position of the file. The online backups are also safer and give very good mobility in that they can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection. The online storage will not be affected by fire, floods and other physical calamities which can befall external hard drive storage. It thus provides a better solution to the external forms of storage.