What’s the Best Way to Back Up Data on a Computer?

MakeUseOf | 10/18/2018 | Dan Price
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We all know that making backups is an essential part of computing. As the October 2018 Windows Update debacle proves, you can lose your data when you least expect it.

You can take a few different approaches when it comes to storing your backups. NAS drives, external drives, and cloud drives are all options. You can also use a dedicated online service. But what are the pros and cons of each method? Let’s take a look.

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If you want to keep complete control of your data in the most reliable way, you should consider saving your backups on a NAS drive. Once you’ve got the device setup, it will appear like any other drive on your computer.

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Even though NAS Drives have fewer downsides than simple external drives (which we’ll discuss in a moment), they aren’t perfect. Depending on which RAID configuration you use, one failed drive in your array could lead to complete data loss.

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NAS drives also come at a cost. Even mid-range products will cost you a few hundred dollars.

On the positive side, if there are several computers in your home, NAS drives are a convenient way to centralize all your backups in a single place.

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They are also entirely “hands-off,” you don’t need to worry about connecting them every time you want to make a backup.

If you decide a NAS drive is the right solution for you, make sure you check out our guide to the best NAS drives before you hit the shops.

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We don’t know, but we’d guess that using an external hard drive is the method...
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