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Storing data is easy in the digital age

Data storage has always been of paramount importance to students, business owners and anyone who owns a computer. We all know the horror of losing that important essay or project to a computer crash. Luckily, modern technologies provide a wide range of data storage options. Whether you're a student looking for a fail-safe way to keep your schoolwork together or a company looking for a way to store all your data safely for years, these data storage tips will help you decide on the best file storage options for you.

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Types of Data Storage – Online and Offline

Original data backup took the form of physical documents; archiving services remain very useful for companies that still keep a lot of their important information offline in hard copy formats. However, these days, most data storage is computerized – and online storage is very important. Hard drives fail, so many companies turn to offsite data storage companies.

An offsite data storage company offers storage in the form of bandwidth for web hosting and online archiving services for email and computer files. They will also offer data recovery services for those horrible moments where you think you've lost everything. They use top-of-the-line online data storage systems that will ensure your information is backed up and safe from server crashes.

If you don't want to pay for online data storage, there are websites that can offer this service for free. However, be careful when considering free online data storage – you don't get the security of knowing your data is 100 percent safe. In a pinch, though, this option can help small businesses and students that just can't afford to pay for web hosting services or buy an external data storage device for their computers.

Data Storage Devices That Make Life Easier for the Home User

If you're looking for something to boost your computer's disk storage, there are many different solutions available. An external hard drive plugs into your computer using a FireWire or USB port to provide portable extra storage for important files and music. Burning data to physical CDs or DVDs ensures that your information and files are safe even if every built-in data storage device on your system fails.

Transferring data between computers becomes much easier with a portable USB flash drive. These are normally between 156 MB and 2 GB, and allow for easy data "jumping" between computers. They're perfect for students, and a flash drive is so small that it can fit on your keychain.

Data storage continues to be extremely important to the computer user. With these storage options, a hard drive crash won't be as devastating as it once was.