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How A Little Piece of Velcro Can Beat "The Cloud"

Produced by happy

August 4, 2015

Attach each external hard drive using a velcro.

With the decrease in price for high-speed Internet and data storage, more people are embracing the use of "the cloud," today's term for a web server. The cloud stores data in a computer that is accessible from any physical location by using the Internet.  Did you know that you've been using the cloud since your very first email account?  The difference now is you can store bigger data files using the various cloud services with your high-speed Internet connection.  If you have no Internet signal, you are out of luck  Most people have taken advantage of this technology as a back-up for their home computer.

Don't want to use the cloud?
My suggestion is to 2 external hard drives that backup a copy of your data and syncs together.  I use a velco to attach the external hard drives to the back of my laptop's monitor.

This solution will be completely private to you than an online backup. It will cost you around $60 for each external hard drive, and that's all you have to spend. The amount of time to backup your files will be faster too!  Cloud services throttle and restrict your upload transfer speed to their servers at 0.5 Mps, whereas a direct backup to an external USB drive will transfer at 17 to 25 Mbps. That's a huge difference in how fast you can back-up your photo, music, videos, and documents!

Why 2 external drives? 
If/When one drive dies, you're not out of luck.  You'll still have all your backup, and you have time to buy a replacement drive. This is how servers work, so you're simply mimicking how it is at the datacenter. You can also take your data with you or store it away for security.

Don't have space for 2 USB ports?
You may consider utilizing a NAS (Network Attached Storage). A NAS is one device that stores multiple hard drives.  A NAS has a built-in application that automatically mirrors the data with each hard drive.  You do not need a computer to operate the replication of data.  A NAS is more expensive, but a great option if you wish to store and access data from multiple computers.

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    Thanks for this great article! Including links for some HDs! :) Gotta do this!

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