Choosing From the Different Types of Data Storage and Backup Devices

     Our fast-paced, ever-changing modern world pushes us to keep up with these demanding times. Every day, we work with important, confidential or critical information for our personal and professional success. A single detail lost can cause a huge impact or damage your business. Let’s face it; it’s costly to lose information. Thankfully data storage devices are becoming more affordable and efficient every day.

When it comes to recording or duplicating electronic or computer data, there’s an array of media available for data storage or data backup. To choose the best storage or backup device, you have to take note of its purpose and features. Different devices are good for different reasons; each has its pros and cons. There are removable or portable, permanent and rewritable storage devices, depending on what you need.

Different Types Data Storage Devices

Here, we categorise the types of each data storage device to find out which devices are suited for your different personal and professional storage needs.

• On-site

- Storage drives that are physically part of or are connected to the computer or network server for additional memory space or capacity
- Data can be accessed once the computer, where it’s connected, is turned on
- Disadvantage: data is corrupted or lost if computer is damaged, not backed-up or virus-attacked

• Removable

- Portable storage devices that can easily be connected to or removed from the computer
- Data can be accessed in any computer that has an appropriate drive which can read the portable storage devices
- Disadvantage: portable devices can easily get lost, damaged or misplaced

• Off-site

- Data are virtually stored away in a server or computer at a distant location
- Data can be accessed in any computer by connecting to the network, server or Internet
- Disadvantage: takes time to access data and is less secure

Let’s now look into some common types of storage devices that belong to the above categories.

• On-site Data Storage Devices

- Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
o Most common type or method of backing up data
o Used in almost all computer systems
o Connected to the computer either internally or externally (portable HDD)
o Has massive data storage capacities
o Stores operating systems, software applications and programs, and working data
o Fast access to data, can easily read and write data
o More expensive than other devices
- Recordable Drive
o Can save files on optical disk that’s compatible to run in other systems
o Available in internal and external models

• Removable Storage Devices

- USB Flash Drive / Memory Stick / Pen Drive
o Removable, rewritable and portable
o Can be accessed via a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port
o Very small, fast, lightweight, uniquely designed and efficient
o Can store data, pictures and music
o Can easily get lost, damaged or misplaced
o Will wear out over time
- Compact Disc (CD)
o Can store data, pictures and music
o Can either be a recordable only or a rewritable device
o Can be accessed through a CD-ROM drive
o Cheapest to store video and music
- Digital Video Disc (DVD)
o Can store large files like movies with the best visual and sound quality
o Can be accessed through a DVD drive
o Can either be a recordable only or a rewritable device
- Memory Card
o Used with other electronic gadgets to store data, pictures and sounds
o Compact, small, lightweight and portable
o Can easily get lost, damaged or misplaced

• Off-site Storage Devices

- Online Storage
o Can be accessed anywhere that has Internet or network access
o Also serves as remote backup, provides backup if personal computer system fails
o Can take time to download and upload information
o Less data security or protection

There’s a variety of data storage and data backup systems you can choose from. You can trust The Romann Group to help you find the right storage device because they specialise in hardware and software solutions, including servers, storage and small business networks.

Article Source :

The Romann Group is Australia’s premier provider of Information Communication Technology Solutions including corporate server networks & technology consulting. Special offers on Data Storage and Data Backup systems.

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