You’re done, desktop storage discs!

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Computer retailers are like car salesmen, they always try to throw in a few extras, just because. But next time you are buying a new computer or laptop and the sales guy says, “I’ll throw in one of our desktop storage discs for free, it’s the best way to protect your files,” remember that it’s not free and it’s not the best way to protect your files.

Whilst using the disc may make an additional copy of your files incase you happen to damage or delete the original, desktop storage discs cannot protect your files against real threats, such as theft, viruses or hard drive failure. All three of these are significant issues which could cause you to lose all your files.

All hard drives fail, that’s not a threat it’s a fact. If the only versions you have of your files are stored on their, then you’ll be sorry when it crashes and they are lost. Forever. Viruses can wipe out files in almost the same way. Whilst some may be able to be recovered, those which are infected or are carrying the viruses would have to be deleted for the good of the rest of your computer. Theft on the other hand is self explanatory. If all you files are saved on your laptop and some one steals it, waves goodbye to your files, you won’t be seeing them again.

The easiest way and most cost effective way to protect your files is online backup. Cloud storage is the future when it comes to the protection of your files. Government enforced encryption levels and 24 hour a day monitored remote servers can withstand even the most malicious of viruses, to the point where they are 99.99% efficient. By storing a copy of your files online, you no longer have to worry about hard drive failure or theft, because you can rest easy knowing that you have a safe copy stored in your cloud.

Desktop storage discs don’t even come close to the benefits of cloud storage. So when they offer, just say no.

 

 


The Times They Are A Changing

Friday, May 11th, 2012

One day in the not too distant future there will be museums dedicated to the rapid advancement of technology. There will be sections dedicated to the floppy disc, to the flash drive and even to the most recently surpassed external hard drive. Archaic desktop storage systems are being so rapidly replaced by better and more efficient alternatives that they a becoming distant memories in our own lifetimes.

Desktop storage is an important feature of modern day computer maintenance but since the invention of the cloud, more physical forms of file storage are losing their place in the hearts of computer users everywhere. Long gone are the days of manually backing up your files to a pen drive or a box of CD’s instead now we incorporate a cloud storage service to take care of the protection of our files.

Automated backups mean we no longer have to remember to manually save copies of our files and file versioning means that as well as the most recent incarnation of our file, we also have the previous 4….just incase.  Cloud storage does all of this for you, you don’t have to spend time doing it yourself or sit having rename files in order to organise them for future reference.

Without question though, the greatest advancement in desktop storage is the fact that it is no longer stored on your desk top. Clouds, whilst figuratively are in the sky, in reality are actually homes for your files stored away from your computer on remote servers, often in other countries. This protects your files from theft and damage in a way that desk top storage systems, like external hard drives, just can’t compete with.

While no one likes to wave goodbye to the old, as computers become ever more central to our daily lives, the way we maintain and protect them will have to evolve too. Which means saying goodbye to old desktop storage methods.


Test Out Desktop Storage

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

For the last few years the words cloud storage, online backup, PC backup and file storage have been bandied about all over the place, ‘the best ways to backup your files’ you’ll have heard people say. But what do you do if you still aren’t sure?

That’s easy, you do two things. Firstly you consult a review site like this one to see what our team have to say about each provider and which ones our customer reviews rank in the top ten. You then make an assessment of how much file storage you need and look into those which fit your budget, offering the storage requirements you need. Most desktop storage providers offer free trials of their product so you can get to grips with its features and functions before signing up to a monthly or yearly subscription package. Free trials are a great way to know and understand your provider, so we suggest you take advantage of those on offer.

Do they offer file syncing? file versioning? automated backups? and high levels of encryption? These are things you need to check for.

High levels of encryption will keep your files safe. 128 bit SSL is the standard so anything above that will be more than enough to protect your files.

File versioning will keep up to 5 versions of the same files backed up in case at any point you wish to return to a previous version. This feature is great if you are working on a lengthy project or piece of work which may take various twists and turns before reaching its conclusion.

File syncing is imperative if you have multiple devices you are looking to backup to the cloud. This feature will also allow you to sync the work you do on multiple devices to the same cloud and in return download them to any of your internet ready devices.

Automated backups make desktop storage effortless. On installation you can set your cloud storage provider to automatically backup your devices to a frequency of your choice. This means that not only is desktop storage easy, it is also forgettable.

If you are looking to incorporate desktop storage into your life then we suggest you try before you buy.


Desktop Storage: More important than you realize….

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

In 2012 it is hard to believe that not everyone has a the correct provision of desktop storage. As increasing amounts of important data are stored on personal PC’s the need for suitable data storage becomes more of a necessity than a choice.

Scary statistics like 1/3 of PC users have lost all their files due to events beyond their control and 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months, only go to reinforce the importance of desktop storage. Other statistics include a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds and all hard drives fail. If this doesn’t persuade you to invest in an online desktop storage provider then maybe the benefits will.

Desktop storage, like cloud storage can protect your files from human error, accidental loss and natural disaster. By storing them online, you have the ability to access them through any internet ready device e.g. mobile phone, tablet or laptop. This benefit not only aids you if and when you computer fails by granting you access anywhere but also means that you can become a much more versatile computer user.

Another advantage is the ability to share files with ease. Gone are the days of emailing two or three pictures or mp3′s to a friend or family member in order to share something with them. Now desktop storage can allow you to send one email with a URL on it to allow the recipient access to a whole album of photos or a playlist of mp3′s.

Still not convinced, how about file syncing? Desktop storage allows you to sync multiple devices to one cloud. By doing this you can access all your files regardless of where they were generated. Great if you work best on the go or move location frequently.

Whether the statistics scare you or the benefits thrill you, desktop storage is a necessity, so find the provider who is right for you and sign up today.

 


Think before you buy

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Everyone has been in that situation where you are buying one thing, but the seller is desperately trying to up sell you some more, usually unnecessary add-ons. Computer companies are no different. Several major computer companies have been known to try, on purchase, to sell you an additional, rather expensive, desktop storage system backup disc with the promise of full computer restoration in the event an accident were to befall your PC. The problem with that is, most of them were only designed to work on the specific computer you are purchasing. Whilst that makes sense to an extent, what happens when your PC suffers a hard drive fail, is a casualty of natural disaster or stolen?

Like all up sell add ons there is always a better and cheaper alternative to be found. The online storage market is flooded with options that fit this description at the moment, so before you say yes to the add ons, read on…. By choosing an online storage provider instead of a desktop storage software alternative, you will be able to fully restore a new PC or laptop with all your files, effortlessly, if an accident were to occur.  In addition, online storage providers are both cheaper and more effective options when looking to back up your PC. They also offer an assortment of additional features which could prove invaluable if disaster were to strike. Say your laptop was stolen, online backup would allow you to access your files via any internet ready device while you wait for a replacement, desktop storage software can’t do that!

At the end of the day, establishing which is the best system for you is easy thanks to the plethora of online review sites available. So my advice would be before you are persuaded to buy something in addition to your new PC or Laptop, under the guise of it being essential, wait and see what you can find online.


Hitting Your Hard Drive Capacity?

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Is there anything you don’t use your computer for? It gives us information, it stores vital documents and it acts as a memory bank for all our adventures. But what happens when your life gets too big for your computer?

An external hard drive used to be the answer to your desktop storage needs but since the insurgence of online backup and cloud computing, more people are turning to this to help relieve their desktop storage needs. By storing your files with a cloud storage provider you not only alleviate the pressure put upon your hard drive but you also protect your files against potential viruses and accidental deletion.

As well as these benefits, online backup also comes in useful when trying to transfer large files. Emails can’t cope with video files or large numbers of pictures being sent at any one time, but that’s where file sharing can help. It is a feature incorporated into most online backup services which allows you to share your uploaded files between friends, family or even business colleagues with ease.

The benefits to desktop storage far outweigh those provided by an external hard drive so it is easy to see why it is such a thriving industry. If you are looking for a desktop storage provider to suit your needs or budget then head on over to our desktop storage comparison page to check out the top 10 as reviewed by users themselves.


Desktop Storage – How Efficient Are They?

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Desktop storage was the most preferred ways of storing your data for a long time, and although there are newer services that have launched, some people still find it difficult to let go the concept of storing their valuable information only in the hard drive of their computer of laptop. Though this does not negatively harm your computer, it may affect the speed and performance of your system, causing it to slow down or even behave inappropriately. In fact, too many inconsistencies in your computer may also cause it to crash.

Desktop storage problems

If you only store your files in your computer and have not made any backups, you may be running the risk of data loss. Data loss can occur due to a number of reasons, and these include virus attacks, physical damage or simply data theft. Even backups that are created and stored on your desktop’s hard disk can get affected by the factors mentioned above.

Online backup is an efficient way to store your data safely, and it also has many other advantages over traditional desktop storage. Security is the primary benefit of using online backup. Storage space is also an added advantage. This is because most online backup providers now offer unlimited storage space to personal as well as commercial users, thus letting them store limitless files. Moreover, mobility is another feature that is associated with online backup. Data stored in your desktop can typically be accessed only when you have your computer with you; however, if you have uploaded your data in the cloud, you can access them from virtually any place on the earth that has a computer and an internet connection.


Desktop Storage – Determine Your Needs Before You Buy

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Gone are the days when people used to accommodate computers to their use. In the present times, computers and laptops are created to match the computing needs of users. Different people have unique demands, and it is virtually impossible to create machines that suit the taste of every individual. However, a common demand that almost all computer users have when choosing a system of their preference is a large storage space. Data and information that is being stored by individuals and businesses have increased largely over the past few years, and computer manufacturers are trying to offer users with systems that have enough desktop storage to meet their demands.

While users who work mainly with documents and spreadsheets may not need much space, other users, say those who work for interactive media companies will require a relatively larger desktop storage for storing their work. Photographers and users who prefer to play games will also require a comparatively larger desktop storage space for their computing needs.

Online file storage – For people who need larger storage space

In contrast to yester years where the internal hard disk space of a typical computer would not be more than a few hundred gigabytes, we now have systems that offer up to 1 TB of internal storage. Although this does sound tempting, this is not the absolute solution for users who work with large files and want mobility. Desktop storage, though quick, is prone to damage owing to a lot of factors. A possible solution is to opt for online file storage. This service not only offers you unlimited storage space for virtually all your files on your system at an affordable price, but also offers you the most advanced security features that make unwanted access to your data almost impossible.

 


Storing your Desktop Storage Files on a Cloud

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Cloud computing is the buzz these days, but most household computer users have little to no idea what it means much less how it can benefit them. Let’s break it down in layman’s terms: The Cloud is a place on the internet where you can run applications and store information.

The first thing you may think is that your files are now available to the whole world to see and anything private can easily be hacked into. Once people said the same thing about banks where robbers could ‘easily’ steal their money because it was stored with other peoples money and again when ATMs opened up world wide.

The fees we pay to banks ensure our money is protected and insured. Paid cloud storage works the same way. The company you choose should have a method to protect your data, a remote back up plan and the ability to recover your data in the event of server crashes and natural disasters. If your home PC crashes, the chances are slim that your data can be recovered. With the number of Trojans and virus’ being circulated on the internet, it is likely that hackers can break into home computers and steal your data without you ever knowing.

So what is desktop storage? A secure place for you to keep your electronic personal files off of your desktop and into the cloud. A good cloud service can guarantee security, privacy and a redundant storage solution with a fast backup and recovery plan.


Desktop Storage to Restore a PC

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Desktop storage is quickly becoming the only way to restore a computer. There are several major computer companies that allow you to purchase a system backup disc at a rather pricey extra charge. While this may seem like a good solution to a potential problem, the reality is far from that.

Most of the times these were designated only to work on the specific computer that you owned, and not any unit. So if the computer suffered from a hard drive fail than it would work perfectly, but if it was destroyed by a tornado, fire, or was stolen, then you pretty much wasted that money and were stuck with a disk that is completely worthless. You could do it by yourself too, but the cost and time that this takes usually isn’t worth it. You would have to buy a stack of cd’s, a permanent marker, and labels and cases for those discs. You would most likely want to take some time to organize everything that was being backed up so if you needed to find one or two things it wouldn’t take forever. Then all you have to do is click a whole ton of buttons and wait as each disk burns before you carefully label them.

Oh, and don’t forget to store them in a safe location so if you are the victim of a storm, flood, or fire they will still be accessible. That is, as long as they aren’t damaged or stolen. Online backup is the only sure-fire method to keep all of your files safe and accessible whenever you need them, from any system or device, and without costing you a fortune.