Privacy & Security / Oct 03 2017

External hard drive vs. cloud backup

The good and the bad of two of the most popular backing up options - external hard drive and cloud backup. We look at the pros and cons of both options and give you a suggestion on which one to choose for your backups.

[Updated December 2019: Infographic added.]

Unless you still believe that saving your documents on numerous USB keys is a good backup strategy (it's not!), you are probably using or thinking about using the two most common ways of backing up your data: external hard drives or online/cloud backup.

To make one thing clear: choosing any form of backup is good and it's immensely better than no backup! But let's take a look at the pros and cons of both.

External hard drives




Online/cloud backup service




So, which option should you go for?

If you have to pick one, choosing an online backup service is the right choice. The advantages and flexibility outweigh the advantages of external hard drives. But the good thing is you don't have to pick just one. It is actually recommended you back up on an external hard drive and use the cloud backup service as an additional backup layer.

Check out our Infographic for a visual representation of both backup options.

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