Monday, June 18, 2012

Data Recovery Shouldn't Be A Gamble

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data recovery (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)
When working on a major project or assignment on your computer, the last thing you ever want to have happen is to lose everything at the very last minute. There are quite a few options available to computer owners when it comes to data recovery; you can back everything up on an external hard drive, you can use a cloud based service to back your data up automatically, or you can hire a data recovery service such as to do all of that for you. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of all of those options.

1. External Hardrive - They are great for people who want to have instant access to everything they own on a different computer, and for those who just prefer to have their data on something more tangible. The cons are they can break, they can become outdated, lost, stolen and damaged. I generally do not recommend any of these products.

2. Cloud based - These are great for the average user. All your data is automatically synced, and can generally be easily accessed via internet. You can easily get stuck with a bad service and have to pay them a chunk of money every month for their services. When the time runs out, you have to pay all over again. Generally I would say that small cost is worth it in the long run.

3. Data Recovery service - Great for small businesses to large corporations. When the data you need to back up or recover is far too much and too important for a small do it yourself internet backup. Problems include being expensive and a step away from your control. Generally these costs also outweigh the benefits and are a must have for most businesses.