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Should I use an external hard drive or a cloud backup service?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

A dilemma faced by so many individuals and small businesses … is copying my data to an external hard drive good enough, or do I need to pay for some cloud-based backup service?  Maybe I should do both?

The good news is that you are asking the question!  Make sure your data is backed up …. hoping things will “just work” is wishful thinking and will bite you some day.

What are you backing up?

Cloud backup services and external hard drives only backup the information actually stored on your computer(s).  They do not backup information stored elsewhere (e.g. email you have have stored at your email service provider) … you should also make sure important externally stored information is also being backed up.

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