In this day and age, there really is no excuse not to back up your data. There are so many computer storage options available. Most of which are cost-effective and reliable. Here at eProvided, we help people recover data they feared lost across any storage device, but we know, prevention is better than cure. To keep your work, documentation, or precious media as safe as possible, you should be making back-ups in whatever storage devices you can get your hands on. Thus, if your computer breaks or gets stolen, you’ll still be able to access all the materials you need from another PC, laptop, or tablet.
So, what types of computer storage are out there on the market, and what advantages and disadvantages does each offer? Join us as we take a look at the most popular items.
External Hard Drive.
As well as the hard drive in your computer, you can also use external hard drives with your desktop or laptop. These external hard drives are plugged-in but remain separate from your device. External drives are typically available in two models: a 3.5inch ‘desktop’ style, or a 2.5inch ‘portable’ style. These usually differ in price, with desktop models being cheaper than portable ones. Both can provide the same amount of storage space. However, many people prefer desktop hard drives, as they tend to offer faster performance and sturdier construction. These are a great choice for backing-up considerable amounts of data locally.
Solid State Drive (SSD).
SSD storage, sometimes called a Solid State Disk share a similar appearance with standard magnetic/mechanical hard drives, yet their construction is vastly different. SSD’s use semiconductors, USB controllers and electronics to store data. This allows for a more dependable drive with no moving components and consume less power than standard hard drives. Therefore, file transfers, read and write data cycles are much faster. As these continue to become cheaper and more economical, they are commonly used with portable devices, such as tablets and laptops. This makes them a convenient option, though they may offer less storage space than the standard hard drives you’re used to. Solid state drives are also more environmentally friendly.
USB Flash Drive.
USB disk drives, you’ll probably be familiar with these. Similar to SSD storage devices, but with less capacity and a smaller design, these also feature no moving components, which makes them durable and better-suited for portability. You can carry these around your neck on lanyards, or in your pockets. Many people use these for backing-up data when away from home. Thus, they can easily transfer materials from one computer to another. These are cheap, easy to use, and durable, but can only store limited amounts of data.
This is a hugely popular storage option for many people now, in both domestic and business settings. Companies are now more likely to keep data online, to reduce the amount of physical space needed for record-keeping. It allows for multiple people across the business to access and modify certain data. Cloud storage also allows users to invite other users to share documentation, for easier collaboration than even email can provide – you can see changes or comments other users make in real-time, and add more and more people as required.
Most cloud storage providers offer limited amounts of space for free, though even these will be enough for most domestic users (businesses may need to try a package option). Choose from Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox, and more. Each provider offers its own distinct service. One disadvantage of cloud storage is that you can only access your data with an internet connection. If the provider experiences issues with their servers, you may be unable to get to the materials you need. You may want to keep back-ups in physical storage as well, just in case.
SXS Pro Flash Memory Card and XQD Card.
SXS Flash Memory.
This new memory card was announced for professional video camera users in April 2007. SXS flash memory has the size and shape of an interface for PCI Express ™ cards. SXS memory cards are about the size of a PC card. Sony uses these memory cards as a storage medium for its professional video camera XDCAM EX line. PCI Express technology has a maximum transfer speed of 25 gigabits per second, and the transfer speed target for SXS (tm memory card is 800 megabits per second. eProvided can recover files from any storage device.
Sony wants to promote the Speed advantages of ExpressCard Flash Media (ECFM for short) which is reportedly faster than PC cards. The longer recording time gives you more time to use other flash memory cards into the computer. eProvided Data Recovery Team is qualified regardless of the cause of data loss to retrieve lost files from Sony SXS cards that are used in professional DSLR digital cameras and camcorders.
XQD Flash Card Memory.
The XQD data storage card has an extremely high write speed. The XQD memory cards take full advantage of the maximum performance of the camera. It enables continuous recording of up to 200 RAW images. With short buffer erase times, the XQD memory cards keep recording speeds high in the camera. This allows you to capture the key moments in multiple bursts of continuous recording.
Consumers can maximize the performance of XQD cameras for 4K video recording. Expect continuous burst recording, and large-scale file transfers to a variety of consumer devices.