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Cloud storage vs. external hard drives: Which really offers the best bang for your buck?

Ben Taylor | July 11, 2014
By now, you know the basic arguments in the on-site versus off-site storage debate. External hard drives are fast (everything backed up in minutes!) and safe from hackers (you control the data), but are susceptible to theft, fire, and hard drive failure. Meanwhile, cloud solutions provide ongoing, reliable service, but are slower than on-site solutions, and (theoretically) more vulnerable to hackers.

Winner: cloud-based solutions

In the end, cloud-based solutions are the overall winner, proving either comparable or better cost per gigabyte in all but one category. What's more, online backup services are becoming cheaper and more accessible every year, which will likely make the choice even easier over time. The prevailing wisdom tells us to back up both onsite and offsite, but soon, the external hard drive may just go the way of the compact disc.


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