Should I backup?
Short answer is YES you should backup your computer!
The long answer, it is a bit tricky to decide just how, when, and where to back up.
With options from cloud to NAS, Network Attached Storage, price ranges vary. Here, we will go over some options and price ranges that cover common backup needs you may face.
Standard Hard Drive
Your standard hard drive is the most common of backup options, either external or internal. A local backup is hands down the most common form of backup that will work for most users. Some issues with this method are failure of the hard drive as well as what capacity drive do you needed.
Things that need consideration!
There are some considerations that we will cover.
- Internal or External
- SSD or HDD
What capacity do you need, well…it depends. For most people a 1 Terabyte external hard drive is more than enough. Your particular needs may very and we would recommend going over your option with a trained professional if you feel you need specialized help.
How much is this going to cost, on average storage is about $0.03 Per GB. So a 1 Terabyte hard drive is right around $30 plus the cost of an external enclosure if needed.
Failure rates for modern hard drives are now at 2% per year. Meaning the first year of ownership your hard drive has roughly a 2% chance of failure, the second year 4%, third year 6%, and so on.
For this reason you always want to have important data backed up to at least 3 separate places. One local backup, cloud backup, and off-site backup is ideal for mission critical or vital data.
For most users an external backup solution will work wonderfully. However we highly recommend using SSD, Solid State Drive, these have no moving parts and failure rates that are tenths of 1%. That’s less than 1% failure rate!
Standard Solid State Drive
The next solution we will cover is cloud storage, this is hands down the easiest and safest way to store your data. With monthly plans available for Google, Microsoft, and many others including Ela Computer Repair you really can’t go wrong with cloud storage.
What is a NAS?
ASUSTOR AS3204T NAS
The last solution we will cover are NAS systems also known as Network Attached Storage. These systems are becoming increasingly affordable to the average user. A good NAS is one that offers RAID and at least 4 drive bays as well as up to 32 Terabytes of storage. Here is a link to a solution we highly recommend http://amzn.to/2kLpBMf.