In this highly digital world, storage is important for a lot of people.  It is a way to keep their important files, memories, or even just movies they need to watch. Right now, we have two primary storage options: a physical storage and a cloud storage. Which one should you go for, though? Here are some things you should consider.

Accessibility

If you are involved in collaborative work, cloud storage will be good for you. All your files are available online for the access of anyone you grant permission to. This will allow you to effectively work on projects together.

Capacity

In terms of capacity, cloud storage is at a disadvantage. Typical cloud storage provides you with 2 GB to 15 GB of storage. Meanwhile, physical hard drives can give you 500 GB up to terabytes worth of storage. There are options for storage expansion for cloud storage, however, though this often comes in the form of a subscription.

Network Connection

While the beyond-storage capabilities of the cloud can never be surpassed by traditional storage, these can only be accessed through an internet connection. If you are someone who is always connected, then the cloud might be a good option for you. Otherwise, if you need your files on the go but you have an unstable connection, you should probably go for some form of physical storage.

Security

A hard drive can easily be snatched from you any day. The cloud on the other hand typically has a wide array of cybersecurity experts making sure your files are safe. In terms of security, the cloud will always be the winner.

Speed

If you need quick access to your files, you wouldn’t be downloading them especially if they are large. In this case, you should go for traditional storage. If you need access to relatively small-sized files (and you have internet connection), a cloud storage will save you the hassle of carrying a hard drive as well as potentially losing or forgetting it.

Cost

Large capacity physical storage devices are costly. If you aren’t storing massive volumes of data and files, you should just opt for a cloud storage. There are a lot of free cloud storage options out there. Google Drive gives you an initial 15 GB for free.

Recoverability

A physical copy can easily wear out or be destroyed by external forces. In this case, a cloud storage wins. In case you lose your files in the laptop, you can easily recover them from the cloud. If your hard drive is water-damaged, you might not be able to recover anything at all.

Conclusion

On the whole, you really shouldn’t stick to just a single type of storage. One type provides benefits the other doesn’t have. It is a matter of identifying the situation you are in and choosing the more suitable storage option to make the most out of both worlds.

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