Tuesday is World Backup Day, an invented holiday that encourages the sale of more products, such as hard drives and USB flash drives.
That said, when was the last time you backed up your phone? Or computer? All these precious photos sitting on the phone and without backup can end up as distant memories if you lose your device or steal it.
And having your photos posted on Facebook does not count as a backup. The social network greatly reduces the resolution after uploading, making it unsuitable as a second copy.
We are all at home now. Why not take a few minutes this weekend to back up our media?
You have several options, and it's not just buying a new hard drive. There are tools online: your Amazon Prime subscription will back up your photos for you and complementary devices for the iPhone much cheaper than an annual iCloud subscription.
Let's count the ways.
First, find out what you need to back up. For most people, they are photos and videos, followed by documents. So, if you start with your computer, see what's on your hard drive.
Most will have specific folders with the appropriate categories: documents, music, movies, photos and the like. If your data is outside these areas, make a note of where it is, so you can take it and back it up.
Phone users will want to pick up photos, texts and emails.
Apple offers two ways to back up phones. You can pay for iCloud storage (more on that below) or connect the phone to your computer in Settings. You will also need space on your computer's hard drive to complete this process.
Many Samsung Galaxy phones have external storage slots, so the need to back up will not be as great with them. All you need is an accessory micro-SD card. Samsung offers its response to Apple's iCloud, Samsung Cloud, with 200 GB for $ 2.99 monthly.
This is the simplest method, as you will not need to buy extra hardware. You will need to remember to update your folders and upload them. Some companies have automatic backup solutions (Google Backup and Sync), but they can cause more pain and headache. Since all programs sell backups based on a finite amount of storage, if the automatic backup goes over the assignment, you will start receiving annoying messages to delete.
That's why I prefer manual control. Upload my folders and copy them regularly.
Prices: Apple iCloud offers 200 GB for $ 2.99 monthly or 2 TB for $ 9.99 monthly, Google One is $ 1.99 for 100 GB or $ 9.99 for 2 TB. Dropbox costs $ 9.99 for 2 TB and Microsoft OneDrive offers 100 GB for $ 1.99 or 1 TB for $ 69.99 a year.
Search Amazon and Google for two excellent and extremely affordable ways to back up online. If you are a member of Amazon's Prime program for expedited shipping and entertainment, you have access to Amazon & # 39; s unlimited photo backup. Download the smartphone app and set it to Auto Save, and Amazon will automatically upload all captured images – but no videos. The good thing about this service is that if you have a Fire TV streaming stick or a speaker connected to the Echo Show, you can instruct the app to display specific photo collections as a screensaver.
Google offers the same service for Nest Hub display units via Google Photos. The Google Photos website and app offer free backup of photos and videos, but with ease. They are at a slightly lower resolution. If you want full resolution, you'll need to update your Google One plan.
Portable drives for your phone
Qubii starts at $ 39.99 and attaches the iPhone charger to back up photos and videos in the background to a micro-SD memory card. The card will have an extra charge, but you can get a 128 GB card for about $ 20 or $ 30 for a 256 GB card. Apple iPhones don't come with expandable memory, like many Android phones, and the cost of buying the phone with more storage is substantial. For example, an iPhone 11 with 64 GB of storage starts at $ 699, against $ 749 with 128 GB or $ 849 with 256 GB, so the card is a much more economical option.
SanDisk IXpand is a portable flash drive that plugs into the iPhone's Lightning charging slot and has 128 GB of storage. It sells for just over $ 45.
A good old-fashioned hard drive is a welcome addition to most of our tables. It is the most economical, it tends to work faster, but it comes with a problem. Hard drives fail. At some point, there will be an accident.
Many like to back up two drives simultaneously for extra measurements, and with the price of the drives today, that's not a bad thing. I had good luck with the LaCie orange "Robust" line of portable units over the years. You can choose a 4TB model for $ 149 or spend $ 229 on a 1TB SSD version.
The advantage of SSD is the solid state, with no moving parts and therefore less prone to failure.
But compare buying two 4 TB models for $ 300, compared to just over $ 100 annually for 2 TB of backup space. The hard drive is the best deal. The beauty of the internet is, however, that you can collect data from anywhere.
And if your house was set on fire, or some other calamity, the hard drive would accompany it. It is not so with online backup.
The important thing is to sit down and do it. Have fun this weekend!
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