Data Storage

Solutions for storing your data

With so many important tasks now performed on computers, data storage and data backup are hot-button issues for any business. Finding a reliable data storage solution is important whether you're backing up your business's financial records or storing the latest company-event photos.

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Fortunately, there are a number of options when it comes to finding data storage systems that are both affordable and easy.

Discs

CDs and DVDs are still a popular choice for data backup and storage. The affordability of recordable and rewriteable discs makes organizing and backing up records or documents very easy, particularly now that so many computers come with built-in DVD or CD burners. Rewriteable DVDs and DVD burners allow for more storage capacity, which means you can keep years' worth of data on a single disc.

Discs are also easy to keep track of – you can label and store them in file boxes for easy referral.

Drives

New technology trends have led to drives becoming an even more popular form of data backup, particularly for those who plan to store a lot of data. External hard drives are the most reliable choice for backing up large amounts of data, though they can be on the expensive side.

USB flash drives are perfect for the everyday user who doesn't need to store and carry around large files. They still have good-sized storage capacity, but are small and portable, which means you can easily transport your files wherever you need them. Flash drives don't have as much storage space as external hard drives, but they don't take up as much space, either. They are an easy form of data storage that's also easy on the wallet.

Online Data Storage

Online data storage is an option for the more experienced web and computer user. You can do it on your own, or opt for offsite data storage from a third-party provider. Online services allow you to store your data on their servers and still have easy access to it whenever you need it (provided you are connected to the Internet). One thing you'll want to look for in this form of storage is security – while you don't necessarily have to protect your files, if you want to, you'll want to make sure that the service offers encryption or password-protection.