You reach into your pocket to check your phone, but nothing is there. Panic starts to set in as you scramble to search every location you were in the last 24 hours. It's gone. You lost your cell phone, and even worse – you didn't back up any of your photos, files, and contacts.
This can happen to any electronic device that stores data, more commonly with computers, tablets, or phones. Losing your data is not only detrimental to your emotional state, but it could also pose a severe security risk. Stored credit card information, home addresses, pictures, and other private files in the wrong hands could compromise your safety and livelihood... so why chance it.
Here are the top 3 ways to backup your data.
Physical backups are a great way to keep your data safe and secure, but most older mobile devices don't offer easy ways to connect to them. Virtual or cloud backups are the best solution! They can even include an extra layer of security to access your most personal information.
Cloud storage allows you to back up your files and data to an offsite location, maintained by a third party. The storage allowances are virtually infinite, allowing you to store as much data as you want.
Cloud storage services come with a monthly or yearly fee, but there are also free options available. Google Drive, iCloud, and Dropbox are a few examples of cloud storage companies, all of which offer a free data storage tier.
We recommend always backing up your data to the cloud. This removes the possibility of losing your data because a physical device was lost, stolen, or corrupted. Cloud services work the same as physical media. Files are simply copied from your computer to the cloud, but no cords are needed. Only a good Wi-Fi connection is required.
Sometimes despite your best efforts, data gets lost. What are your options, then?
While you could attempt to recover the data yourself, it's best left to professionals. Experts (like the ones at eCaboose) offer data recovery services through our partner Drive Savers Data Recovery. They can recover data from any hard drive and have been doing so since 1985.
If your computer crashed, your external backup got corrupted, or your iPhone won't turn on, don't panic! We've got you covered! Contact us today for more info and a quote.
USB Flash Drive
An easy way to physically back up your data is to copy it to an external storage device. The tiniest format is a USB flash drive. USB flash drives, or thumb drives, sizes range from 64MB all the way up to 1TB and more.
Because these thumb drives can only be used via a USB port, they can only be used with laptops and desktop computers (and some phone models - but it's a little more of an in-depth process). Copying your files is pretty simple. Just insert your USB drive into your computer, drag and drop what you want to back up, eject the thumb drive, and you're done!
Flash drives are better suited for single projects or folder backups, where data will not be continuously backed up.
External Hard Drive
If you want more storage or plan on continuously backing up your data, we recommend a standalone external hard drive. External hard drives are excellent for large projects. They can be used as a daily backup, which we recommend, so you don't risk losing any data (Apple fans can think of using one for Time Machine backups).
When choosing an external hard drive, three factors come into play – speed, portability, and price. If your focus is daily backups, speed and portability won't be as significant. An inexpensive HDD will do just fine.
If you are using an external hard drive to run programs or boot up your system, you're going to want speed. Solid State Drives or SSDs are overall better than HDDs. They are faster, quieter, lighter, durable, and energy-efficient but are also more expensive.
Both SSD and HDD are simple to use. You can connect via USB or Thunderbolt in some cases for extra speed. They can easily be used for daily backups with both Mac and Windows computers.