Tis the season for snow storms, downpours and power outages. If these acts of Mother Nature have you in full on panic mode, it’s best to protect yourself by backing up all your valuable data NOW. So how do you proceed? Well, let’s start with the basics. What is a storage device? It’s a piece of equipment on which information can be stored. On a computer, your primary form of storage would be the RAM or random access memory, leaving the secondary storage device as the hard drive. For today’s discussion we’ll forget (pun intended) about the memory and stick with the hard drive. Seeing as we are people on the go we would recommend you store your precious data on storage devices like an external hdd or thumb drive.
Finding the Right Type of Storage Device
A hard drive is used for storing and retrieving digital information. If you’ve ever cracked up one of these babies, you’d most likely see a shiny set of rotating disks coated with a magnetic material. A magnetic head on a handy moving miniature arm will alter the coating of magnetic material on the disks (aka platters), which represent binary data bits, i.e. 0s and 1s. The sequence of 0s and 1s represent the information the computer can then decipher and translate visually to us humans on the computer screen. For simplicity’s sake think of it as one of those reward cards you get at a restaurant. When your card is fully punched that means you get a free meal. When it’s not punched sequence translates to a very different outcome. No food for you! Data on a hard drive is both read and written to and will remain stored on the hard drive even when powered down.
With the size of electronics shrinking by leaps and bounds we can now store our data very easily on an external drive and transport our data from place to place. These portable external drives make it simple to copy any vital data one might require and get it to another destination fast. One portable drive we recommend for preserving your important data is the Western Digital’s My Passport Ultra. With stats like
- USB 2.0/3.0 ports
- 500Gb to 3TB capacity
- 5400 rpm speed
- automatic backup, including cloud
- 256-bit AES encryption
you can’t go wrong. Another pick would be the 2Tb Seagate Backup Plus Slim.
- USB 3.0 port/ 2.0 compatible
- 2TB capacity
- 5400 rpm speed
- 200 Gb free OneDrive cloud storage for 2 years
- 48 inch thick
Now if you want a storage device that is portable and compact it’s time to turn to USB thumb drives aka flash drives. These days you can fit a whole operating system on an external flash drive! The tiny powerhouse storage devices we suggest all offer 64GB of space, are nearly indestructible, and you can fit them in your pocket. You can keep your prized photo collection on the Kingston Digital Data Traveler line. They are USB 3.0 ready, all aluminum, and come in other sizes, if 64TB is too much space for you. Like anyone could ever have too much space! A second USB flash drive pick is the SanDisk Extreme which has a 64 Gb capacity, USB 3.0, has 245 mb/s read and 190 mb/s write transfer speeds, plus a retractable USB port. Fancy! And finally, our third choice for flash drive storage device is the PNY Turbo. Also 64 GB and USB 3.0, the Turbo offers a cap to keep the plug clean during transport plus they are super cheap! This drive also comes in other sizes including a 246GB version.
So before leaving home for the holidays take some time to backup that data you can’t live without on the storage devices we suggest. You’ll have peace of mind and you’re data will be redundant! Hopefully, we’ve answered your “What is a storage device?” question too! Happy holidays!