Choosing the right backup for you

Backing up your data is an absolute necessity. Lost data can cause ridiculous amounts of downtime, and some things may be irreplacable. There are many ways to back up your data, here are the pros and cons of some of the most common ones:

External Hard Drive

  • Fast
  • Can have lots of space depending on drive
  • Often come with software to make backing up easier
  • Free once you have the equiptment


  • Damage to your computer (viruses, etc.) can result in damage to the drive if left plugged in
  • If the building is destroyed, the computer and the backup will both be destroyed

Online backup, such as Carbonite

  • Usually provide software for seamless backup
  • Off site, so data is secure


  • Expensive.
  • Recovery can take a long time depending on your internet connection speed

Backup with South City Computers

  • Uses BitTorrent Sync to back up in real time
  • Off site, so data is secure
  • Reasonably priced
  • Recovery can be done either by downloading, or picking up media in store
  • Local business means you can speak directly to a technician


  • Can’t think of any

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