Now that you’ve figured out what cloud storage you’d like to use, let’s talk about a good old external hard drive backup.
Being the paranoid person that I am, I like to have a couple of external hard drive backups of my music, photos and documents to supplement my cloud storage. God forbid Google goes under, and there goes your online info. Also, storing full-size photos can be easier on an external drive as some of the cloud storage platforms automatically downsize your image files for you. Fun. Except not, when you want to print an enlargement of your favorite picture, only to find it’s been downsized and you can only print a 4x6.
Other reasons to have multiple, external hard drive backups? You can put one at a friend’s house, in the off chance that your house burns down. Sounds crazy, but the floods, hurricanes and fires of the past year have proven that “acts of God” can indeed happen, and destroy your data while they’re at it.
Cloud storage is usually pay-to-play. 2 TB of storage is $9.99 a month, or $120 a year, but a 2 TB external drive can be had for around half the price and last many years. If you’ve saved every song you downloaded over Napster in college, having your music stored locally may be the most cost effective way to go. Ditto for large photo collections. I personally have 3 Seagate external hard drives with my photos stored across all three of them.
Today, I’d like you to brainstorm how having external drives could help you. Maybe they ease your mind against worry, save you money each month vs. cloud storage, or maybe they just don’t fit with your lifestyle because you know you’d never actually use them and cloud storage is the way to go for you. Whatever your answer, please come up with it today, and purchase that external drive if necessary.