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External hard drive vs. cloud backup

The good and the bad of two of the most popular backing up options.

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

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Advantages


Disadvantages


Online/cloud backup service

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Advantages


Disadvantages


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 just. It is actually recommended you back up on an external hard drive and use the cloud backup service as an additional backup layer.

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