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Online Backup: The Pros And Cons

Jul 3, 2008
The typical process of backing up computer data is almost like a form of insurance. It may seem too mundane or unnecessary to bother with, but when the disaster strikes, it may be too late. Many years ago, computer data backup software utilities and solutions included forms of external physical media such as CD's, zip drives, DVD's, external hard drives, tape drives, or automated software running on the computer itself.

When in the market for a backup solution, modern broadband internet connections, plus more affordable hard drive space, have made online backup a viable option to consider. Accordingly, numerous online backup services are now available for both additional space, as well as disaster recovery. These services generally have the advantage of not requiring the user to purchase external storage, but rather to pay for the service on an ongoing basis, as one does their internet connection.

Performing a typical backup program can be quite a strain on one's computer compared to using the software client's footprint. However, the speed of the latter method is limited to bandwidth and a large backup can become very time intensive. Traditional methods using external physical media are faster, but can be halted if the Internet connection is lost.

A large number of services allow users to try them for free, with monthly fees for subscribers beginning at around five dollars, to an unspecified limit of hundreds of dollars each annum for enterprise subscribers. Currently, one gigabyte is where available storage capacity begins at, right through to space without limits. Users are able to buy more space for storage as they need it. This differs from external media.

The online backup services often include separate perks and capabilities, like file sharing, photo sharing, slide shows, social networking services, and encryption for transfer and storage. Some of these service's client software works better with Macs, and some of it works better with Windows. Because of this, your user experience and the integrity of the restoration process may be more satisfactory from some services than from other services.

Internal hard drives have an inherent failure rate, and there are many ways a hard drive can be compromised, or the data it contains stolen along with the computer. So no matter the service one chooses, having a functional and regular data backup routine in place is critical in the event of such an emergency.
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