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Hello listeners. It’s Brett Molina. Welcome to Talking Tech.

We recently celebrated World Safeguarding Day. So, of course, this is naturally a very good time to think about how you back up all your important data? Like your photos, your videos, you have really important documents, where do you keep them? So that way, in case you need them, something really important happens, you know where to find them.

My colleague and Talking Tech’s favorite Canadian. Marc Saltzman writes about it in a story you can read at tech.usatoday.com Five easy ways to protect your data on World Backup Day. You’re obviously listening to this on a Saturday and it’s not World Backup Day, it was my March 31st, but still. It breaks down the different options, pros and cons, everything you need to know about the best ways to back up your important information.

Let’s start with the external hard drive. If you have a ton of files, this is a really good option because you can get a ton of space and it’s quite affordable. Marc mentions a two-terabyte external drive for as little as $59. So you can get plenty of space. And it’s great if you have a ton of videos, if you have a ton of photos. Many of these drives are also portable, so you really don’t have to plug them in anywhere. Some are also desktop. I used to have a desktop one for my iMac a long time ago where it sits right next to the computer, and you just plug it in. Super helpful. Again, if you have very large files, it’s great because they take up a lot of space and you don’t have to spend that much.

The problem is that they are a bit slower than other drives and can die over time. This happened to me where my backup drive died on me. And so, if you don’t have another place to save, it’s not great. So, that’s definitely something to think about if you’re considering getting an external drive.

There are also SSDs, which are nicer. They move faster, you can access everything faster, and you can download things faster too. However, two big issues with these are that they are a bit more expensive. And they don’t tend to hold that many files. You can still store quite a bit of stuff in it, but it won’t hold as much as, say, an external hard drive. So, that’s something to keep in mind too.

Other advantages of SSD are also that they are more durable. So they can take a few hits. If you take them to different places, it will be of great use to them.

Another option that Marc also mentions is cloud backup. There are, obviously, a ton of different services out there. You have Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive. I recently went to google drive for my photos, really good service. And, again, it’s all there. What I liked especially with Google Drive is that you can access your photos anywhere. So basically everything is backed up to the cloud and you can access those photos anywhere. If you are looking for an old photo, you can access your phone right away, pull it right away. So that’s really nice. It also frees up space, for example, in emails, your computer, anywhere.

One thing to think about, of course, when it comes to cloud services is that it’s a subscription. So you are going to pay subscription fees depending on how much storage you have. You only get a few gigabytes for free. So it’s really not a lot. They really push you to pay. You look at iCloud, for example, you can get 50 GB for 99 cents a month, up to two terabytes, or $10 a month. And you also need to be on the web to access all your files, so that’s something to think about. Are you okay with spending $10 a month for as long as it takes to back up your files? If you need that much space? It’s something to consider if you think about it.

There are also other options. You have USB sticks, SD cards. It’s good if you need to move a few things quickly from different places, like if you have a handful of really important documents, you can use a USB drive or an SD card. And it’s another way and also an affordable way to move things quickly, if you need to.

You can read more of Marc’s tips and learn more about what type of your best options for storing data and backing it up by visiting his column on tech.usatoday.com.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: The Best Options for Backing Up Your Data: Talking Tech Podcast

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