5 Mass Storage Solutions to Keep Your Data Safe
Wise people throughout history have frowned at keeping all valuable items in one place. The cliché about putting all eggs in one basket shows that those wise men of old knew about having a plan ‘B’ or in modern IT jargon, backup. Their wisdom passed on to the present day; that is why you have so many options to backup information. It is sensible if not downright essential.
Here are five top ways for mass storage solutions to secure your data
- Hard drives
- Flash drive
- Network Attached Storage (NAS)
The cloud is the new method of storing files online, and it is gaining the most attention. Popular cloud storage services include Amazon, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and Onedrive. Many other players are joining the fray, and they work in an almost similar manner.
To save files on cloud storage, you need an internet connection. You also need an internet connection to retrieve data from the cloud. This can lead to a notion that files are stored online, this is not the case.
Files are stored on external drives in data warehouses. These warehouses encrypt the data which makes it hard for hackers to steal information. Cloud storage is one way to beat ransomware attacks.
- It is easy to access data across devices, no matter where you are, as long as you get an internet connection
- Cloud backup is secure. Data warehouses are heavily guarded, and the information is encrypted
- Cloud services are reasonably priced. Some cloud services offer some free capacity
- You have little control over where your data is stored
- Privacy concerns are real because governments might get legal permission to view data
2. External hard drives
External hard drives are another way to save files en masse. They come in various capacities that range from as low as 500 gigabytes to several terabytes. You can keep one or several hard drives with the information.
There is the option of HDD or SSD drives. SSD drives are quite costly, and they support fast saving and retrieval. No one also knows how long they can store data since they are still new in the market. HDD drives are slower but cheaper. They can lose data when exposed to external magnetic fields.
- Easy to carry around
- Can be used on multiple devices
- If you keep them well, information is not likely to land in unwanted hands
- They can also get lost
- They lose data after a very long time
- You must store them off-site, but they are still susceptible to risks like fire
3. Flash/ Thumb Drives
These are smaller than hard drives, but they work in almost similar ways, so the advantages are shared. The main differences though come in size. Thumb drives are small; often smaller than thumbs, hence their name.
- Apart from all the advantages of hard disks above, thumb drives are also smaller. This makes them more portable, and they are easier to hide.
- Small capacity, the largest thumb drives have a 2 terabyte capacity; though their capacity will undoubtedly increase. You might need to buy several to satisfy your storage needs.
- They are costly compared to hard drives
4. Optical Storage
The street name for optical storage goes something like CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray. Other less well known optical storage formats are the BDR- LTH and the BDR- HTL. All these abbreviations should not faze you they are just initials representing various format options.
The different bit about optical storage is that you need to use software to save or burn files into the discs. This is a contrast to other formats where you just copy, transfer or upload files.
Optical storage is hardy and durable. On the flipside, storage limitations are making them obsolete. Optical discs are usually capable of up to 100 gigabytes.
- Proven and durable
- Files are not likely to be distorted
- It locks out viruses
- Low memory
- Lengthy process to transfer some types of data
- Need to store offsite
- It is possible that future gadgets will do away with this type of storage. There can be future compatibility issues
5. Network Attached Storage (NAS)
This can be a hard drive that features additional USB and Firewire ports that connect to external drives to increase storage. This mass storage solution works for businesses that need extra storage.
This provides fast and reliable access to data in a networking environment. This option is usually easy to deploy because it does not require a lot of technical skill to manage.
- Fast access
- Shared access
- Efficiency depends on the bandwidth
- Susceptible to on-site risks like fire and burglary
Choosing a mass storage solutions is like choosing what to wear. Always choose convenience. If security is the main consideration, consider cloud storage. If shared access is important, the NAS option might be worth considering.