If you ever have your laptop stolen, infected with ransomware/malware, or your hard disk fails, one thing that can help soften the devastating blow is to have your data backed up.

This makes it much easier to recover all those files, music, films and family photos that you have on your computer. There are plenty of options for users looking to backup their data and they all have their own pros and cons. So, which should you use?

  1. USB Stick

USB sticks are everywhere. They are small, cheap and convenient ways to easily store your data safely. Unfortunately, they are also easy to lose. Some question the number of read/write cycles they can handle so they should really be considered alongside another backup method to be safe.

  1. External Hard Drive

Does exactly what it says on the tin – an external hard drive is simply an extra hard drive that exists outside your computer. If you use one for backup, make sure you don’t leave it plugged in all the time: ransomware will try and encrypt backup files if the drive is connected to the computer.

  1. Time Machine

Mac users may be familiar with the Time Machine for backing up. Apple sells its own brand of dedicated wireless hard drives that backup data automatically. You can use it to keep backups hourly for 24 hours, daily for the last month and then weekly until the machine is full.

  1. Network Attached Storage

The most common form of backup for businesses is through network attached storage but you can also use this at home. The method has become increasingly popular especially because you can save files from a number of sources. It essentially means you have your own cloud storage at home which is great for security.

  1. Cloud Storage

If you don’t want to invest in your own network attached storage, you can use one of many third-party cloud storage options. Some are free, some paid, some are free but have paid extras available. iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive are big names but there are still plenty of others available.

Always have a secure backup for your files so you avoid losing them if something should happen. We provide data recovery and computer repairs in Brisbane, contact us today.