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5 Backup Devices for the Modern Era

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They say these days we are connected 24/7 by the grace of technology, and the wonders it has achieved. It has been made possible by the excruciating labor and some of the most brilliant minds off screen. Whether it’s official work, education, media and entertainment, nothing would be possible without the overwhelming support provided by the various technologies associated with them.

When we talk about technology, we talk about processing power, graphical interface and many other fancy stuff. But at some point, we start talking about storage media. Because we know that no matter how hard we try, if we do not have access to an appropriate storage media then nothing that comes our way can be stored. Whether it’s a software, game, movie, other special app, everything requires its own space.

Having said that, as times are passing by, technology is advancing. There are no ways to stop it from growing. Also, the size of the things stated above are increasing exponentially. When a few years ago, a few hundred gigabytes of hard drive looked like it will never run off, these days, even a few terabytes of space do not help much. In fact people have started using multiple storage media. For the general public, it is a headache when they require a storage medium for themselves and see all these fancy storage media flying over places, and can’t figure out what to get. Well, this article will shed some light on this issue.

Following are some of the best backup/storage devices of the modern era

1. Internal/External Hard drive

external hard driveYes, believe it or not. No matter how big or small your files are, and no matter how much you want to store, until this day, the hard drive will be your best friend. The highest rated hard drive up to this day is recorded at a rating of 72 TB. It is made up by RAID and consists of twelve 6TB hard drives. RAID drives are the largest backup media available. Perfect for jobs that require large capacity, speed, and reliability. Each is a twelfe-drive RAID 5 array that can hold up to 66TB of data and still recover from the loss of a single drive. In RAID 0 mode, the storage capabilities are up to 72TB of data using the new 6TB drives.

Pros: Enough space to take care of our everyday storage requirements and tons of extravagances. Cons: Still runs on magnetic tapes, relatively slower than the other storage devices. Gets damaged easily, if dropped, even if it is protected by cover. External hard drives are way too expensive than the internal ones, even though they perform the same task. Hard to recover lost data, has a problem regarding bad sectors, etc.

2. SSD

Solid state drive SSDThis is the usher of a new dawn. Even though many people think it is a new technology, but for the ones who are well aware knows that it has been around for a very long time. Yes the origin of SSD’s started back in 1950s and has been through a relatively quiet mode, until this day. The older PC’s had many flash based capabilities inserted into them. It was made possible due to these mini prototypes of the giant SSD’s of today.

Pros: Extremely fast, because they work as flash storage media, rather than operated by a magnetic disc tape. Cons: Being a relatively new technology, it does pack a punch. But it’s really expensive compared to the amount of storage it provides. A 1TB SSD costs as much as a 6TB hard drive.

3. Flash Drives/Pen/Thumb Drives/Memory cards

usb fash driveYes, many new storage technologies have evolved these days, but this one still hasn’t gone extinct. If you love a short storage let’s say within 1 – 128 GB, then you’re better off buying one of these. Most people still use the 32 GB, it’s cheaper and currently available widely. The ones like 1, 4, 8, 12, 16 looks to have gone out of the market. But we could still get some lying on Ebay, Amazon, etc.

Pros: Light and fast, portable, suitable for short work, that requires relatively short storage. Cons: Small, can break easily, can be lost easily. Sometimes they stop working, due to hardware/software fault

4. NAS (Network Attached Storage)

NASIts name suggests its operation. Yes it is a storage server which connects multiple computers/devices that may or may not be of the same configuration. Yes, the computers might run on a different level of processor, but will still be able to access files through this NAS which makes the necessary adjustments during the data transfer. NAS is specialized for serving files either by its hardware, software, or configuration. It is often manufactured as a computer appliance – a purpose-built specialized computer.

Pros: Access your files from anywhere, any device Cons: Vulnerable to hackers

5. Other Cloud Storage

Server RoomCloud storage is a model of data storage where the digital data is stored in logical pools, the physical storage spans multiple servers (and often locations), and the physical environment is typically owned and managed by a hosting company. These cloud storage providers are responsible for keeping the data available and accessible, and the physical environment protected and running. People and organizations buy or lease storage capacity from the providers to store user, organization, or application data.

Pros: Easy access to files from anywhere in the world, and in any device. Protection from fire of other disasters because files are stored in another physical location. Cons: Comes with a hefty price tag, compared to the amount of storage available. Susceptible to hackers. Responsibility data center security in other hands.

Preserve Data for Future Generations

After a discussion I had with a friend of mine, I decided to write this article. The discussion was about storing data on environmental bad NAS-storages or just let it be lost. The questions is do we need all our digital pictures, documents, books etc. for later generations? Why not delete them so we do not need those hard drives? How much do we know of ancient civilizations nowadays anyways? Is it not something normal that we have some kind of collective memory loss?

In this article I will try to explain why we need to preserve digital data for future generations. If I look up information on the web I do not get much useful results. It maybe because of the fact that I did not use the right keywords or that it is not a popular topic, not known by most common people. What I know is that if it were up to me, I would give the preservation of digital data the attention that it needs.

Why I think it is so important? Whether it is valuable to you or not, lost data cannot be recovered. It is very tough to recover what's lost, even for the special branch detectives. The point is, what is useless right now, might be dear to you in future, maybe when you grow old. Remember we live by reminiscing our childhood. Also people can learn from your experiences, so why not help your grand grandchildren by not making the same mistakes you did?! All of it was only to teach them about how to preserve the stories of the planet we live on.

Technologies change and so do the storage mediums. Data stored on floppy disks can not easily be read, just because floppy disk drives are not used anymore. What happens to USB-drives in about 20 years? A hard copy of your document and photos, is maybe still the best option. Paper is a long lasting data storage that can survive for centuries.

To store data other than documents and photos on paper is a bit difficult. Software, videos and games is something needs to be stored digitally. It would be nice if we could send a digital code like a QR-code or a barcode like system to a printer. That could be read with a flatbed scanner and 'barcode' reader software or so, but other problems might arise. However it would be nice or even essential if there was a way to store information for the future generations.

Related links:

What’s The Best Way to Back Up My Data for the Long Haul? http://lifehacker.com/5904275/whats-the-best-way-to-back-up-my-data-for-the-long-haul

Start-up claims its DVDs last 1,000 years http://www.computerworld.com/article/2521522/data-center/start-up-claims-its-dvds-last-1-000-years.html

Internet Archive https://www.archive.org/

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