External Storage: Keeping Backup Data outside the Computer

USB Drive Support

External storage is a term for describing any data-keeping device, such as a disk or a stream tape, which is located outside the computer. Typically, the term “external storage” means only types of devices connecting to the computer directly via some interfaces; for network-linked data storages another appropriate terms are used, such as “network storage”, “cloud storage” or “data server”.

Most modern external backup devices connect with a computer via USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 interface. A bit more exotic (but still frequently appearing) types of interfaces are FireWire and external SATA (eSATA) plugs. Interfaces have some major differences such as speed of data transferring, availability and specifications of built-in power lines and the maximal length of plug cord. All types of interfaces except different versions of USB have mechanically different connection plugs and outlets, too.

Advantages of External Storage Backup

  • The main advantage of external storage is that any data backed up are physically moved from the computer unit. So if this unit will be stolen, destroyed or hit by serious hardware malfunction, all data backed up will remain untouched. Of course, this is a completely different task to allow maximum of security for external storage devices containing important data backups.
  • Another great advantage of external device backup units is mobility. You can move almost any external backup device existed to another place and plug it to another computer unit having an appropriate interface. This method allows easy cloning and mirroring of any data set, e.g. restoration of an entire data disk image to another machine.
  • The third useful feature of external storage backup units is that such devices allow modular construction of data vault. You can add unit to unit physically for backing up or just keeping all-growing volumes of your precious data, without upgrading or rebuilding your main computer or touching that computer’s main data storages such is system drive.

Technique of Backup to External Storage Devices

Handy Backup can automate processes of backup to external drives, like external hard disks, flash memory USB drives and memory cards. All types of interfaces are available. Just plug the external device to the computer and then use Computer as the data destination. Any external device plugged to the computer will be available for selection as a receiver of backup data.

Selection of external backup devices depends completely of data types and total size, as well as of goals set for the particular backup task. Backup files to a flash memory USB drive to make sure the important information is secured and always at hand. Place big amounts of data to external hard disks, for more convenient and economically efficient usage of data storage space. Use immovable, external-powered disk arrays with some sort of RAID configured for the most secure and stable data protection.

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