You can never go wrong by backing up data from your laptop or mobile device to a separate device, be it an external local drive, or to the cloud. It is a very simple process to back up your content to Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive or Dropbox or Box. They range in space from 2 GB to 15 GB free, with the option to purchase additional storage for a very reasonable monthly fee.
One thing to think about when backing up content is safety. How safe is the site you are backing up your content on. Most online sites are safe for normal everyday type of content, including documents and media. However, I still don’t quite know if I am ready to entrust my most delicate documents with personal and financial information in the cloud, even if I encrypt it before backing it up.
Another thing to think about is time. How long is it going to take you to back your data to the cloud. And how much data are you going to back up. If you are going to back up even half of your capacity on Google Drive, that is 7.5 GB. You will need to consider your service provider’s upload speed, as well as how much bandwidth you have each month. Granted, you will not be using it every month, but it is a consideration. Also, what is the max upload speed. 7.5 GB could take quite some time. Like a day.
Pricing is not a big deal anymore. Most cloud services charge about $10 a month for 1 TB of storage, which is quite reasonable. While external hard drives used to be quite expensive, you can now get a 3 TB external drive for about $150, or $50 per 1 TB of storage. Now that’s quite a bit of storage capacity, and you can probably back up your laptop every year to that external drive. Which is good. But it is also inaccessible if you do not have your drive with you.
So my opinion, use cloud storage to back up any photos and videos (especially using Google Photos and YouTube) and then use cloud facilities like Google Drive or iCloud or Dropbox to back up your data that is not really personal. Back up your presentation, reports, spreadsheets (that do not give away personal or business data) PDF documents and any other important but non critical data. That way you can access it whenever you need it from anywhere in the world. And you shouldn’t have to worry too much about a cloud facility crashing and losing your data. Most have multiple redundancies.
So check out the article below, and share your thoughts on how you like to back up your laptop data, where you back it up, why you back up what you do, and how often you do so.