Thousands of PC’s crash every year, and when they do, people realize that all their priceless memories like wedding photos, birthdays & many more are ALL GONE.
The good news is that its still not too late to avoid a “Photo Catastrophe” by backing up all your photos & videos in the cloud.
That’s why we’ve analyzed some of the top cloud storage solutions for the personal data you value most: photographs and videos.
Check out our 5 top picks, and jump onboard cloud computing today.
Here Are Our Top 5 Cloud Storage Picks for Your Photos & Videos
#1: Google Drive
Google Drive is so much more than just a cloud-based storage and syncing service (desktop-to-desktop file-syncing included!). It’s also a user-friendly tool for collaboration with pretty much all the features you can think of. You can make, edit and collaborate on documents with anyone, anywhere in the world. It’s truly remarkable how seamless and easy it is to store, edit and back-up files with Google Drive, regardless of whether you’re working by yourself or with a team of people.
In addition to that, Google Drive also offers quite a lot of free storage space which is more than enough in most cases. If however you’re looking for storing more data than most people need, Google Drive has a variety of paid plans which are under the Google One brand, and which make storage upgrades extremely affordable.
But back to Google Drive and backing-up your photos and videos. You can now specify any folder on your computer for backup, and Google Drive will upload everything to the Cloud. And if you’re a business, you can save space by not duplicating all your files on local storage.
Google Drive is available for your home computer, as well as on many Tablet and Mobile devices (iOS, Android, etc).
Give it a try today – it’s one of our favorite cloud backup services out there!
A popular and versatile option for iOS as well as Android users. Easily back up:
- Calendar events
- Call logs (Android only)
iDrive’s capabilities aren’t limited to data that you create, either. Easily back up Facebook and Instagram photos.
If you’re worried about security, don’t be. iDrive uses military-caliber encryptions to keep your data safe.
Get access to the 5 GB plan at no cost, or go big and get 2+ TB for just $1/week.
The beauty of Dropbox is your ability to sync files across multiple devices, making it perfect for sharing documents with your coworkers. But it also has value for individuals.
Dropbox makes it easy to store and organizes hundreds (or even thousands) of photos. Easily share them with friends and family, even if they don’t have their own Dropbox account. Working on a scrapbook or some other project? Utilize the collaborative tools to solicit participation from your siblings and easily save all their input too!
Get started with Dropbox for free, if you think 2 GB is enough. Otherwise, check out their 1 TB plan for $99/year.
#4: Microsoft OneDrive
OneDrive comes standard with Windows 8 and Windows 10, but you’re not limited to PCs and laptops. The mobile app is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone (if you still have one of those).
The key benefit of OneDrive is its ability to organize your photos for you. It can automatically apply tags to uploaded images, and then use the tags to categorize all the photos it stores. Similar to Dropbox, it also has a collaborative component you can utilize in real-time.
Unfortunately, collaborating with OneDrive could be difficult, considering its current popularity levels.
You and your friends can try it out for free, as long as you store less than 5 GB worth of data. More than that will cost you $69.99/year, but you’ll get to use it on your computer and your phone for that price.
Backblaze is the most straightforward implementation of cloud computing. It takes whatever you have on your computers, mobile devices, and/or external hard drives and backs them up at their HQ.
Your files are stored securely, thanks to a 24/7 staff, top-notch encryption, and two-factor authorization. If you want, you can even go old school and have a physical USB drive (or external hard drive) containing all of your data mailed to your house, though this obviously costs another fee.
Take advantage of Backblaze’s unlimited storage for only $5/month, or $50/year if you pay upfront.
Still Not Sold on Cloud Computing? Here are 5 Reasons Why Switching to Cloud Data Storage Makes a Whole Lot of Sense
More and more software providers are integrating their services with cloud data storage. But why?
Turns out that there are plenty of good reasons to use the internet for data storage. Here are five that make the most sense to us.
It’s More Flexible
Optimally meeting bandwidth demand used to be among the chief headaches of I.T. departments all over the world. After all, you want to have every bit you need, but don’t want to waste resources on more than that. Trying to match a company’s minute-by-minute need was impossible.
If you’re a tech person, you may know of this benefit as “operational agility.” Either way, moving these computations online saves the human and financial resources that I.T. departments used to waste managing bandwidth demands.
It Makes Data Recovery Affordable for Everyone
The world’s largest firms can afford to put up tons of servers and backup servers to protect their data. They can implement daily backups and pay for the convenience too.
Smaller businesses can’t always manage such thorough, hardware-based solutions. Instead, they can move their data to the cloud. Separated from individual servers, cloud data can be accessed from anywhere at any time. This is a lifesaving feature for any company that finds itself subject to big disasters – like tornadoes and earthquakes – or small disasters – like lost thumb drives and broken cell phones. While the data present on a single device may be lost, everything else can still be salvaged.
It Allows for Automatic Updating
Most of us agree that updating our personal devices is an inconvenient pain in the neck. Now multiply that for all the various types of software used by a modern business. Updating a whole system of cell phones, PCs, and laptops is almost unbearable.
That’s why I.T. teams everywhere are celebrating that automatic updates provided by cloud computing.
When your firm’s systems operate in the cloud, it’s the vendor who is responsible not just for creating the updates, but also implementing them. Behind-the-scenes improvements can be made every single day without distracting your I.T. or non-I.T. employees.
That’s a beautiful thing.
It Eliminates Many Hardware Needs
When your software is stored on local machines, you often need the latest and greatest hardware. If you scrimp on the machines, you can’t use the software (or use it properly).
Cloud computing presents an entirely new opportunity: subscription-based software.
Now, you and your employees can access all of the software that you need to run your business without the added expensive of brand new hardware. In fact, most of your cloud computing needs can be met with inexpensive machines such as the Google Chromebook. For the 250 bucks it cost to buy one, you can access all the software your business requires – from anywhere!
In your personal life, things are going the same direction. There are many options for storing data online, so a big and bad personal computer is pointless anymore. Just about everything we use on a computer can be found in some form online.
It Permits Telecommuting and Working from Home
While I.T. managers and employers may need to focus on all the behind-the-scenes tech expenses, the big benefit for frontline workers is this: you don’t need to report to the office anymore.
In the past, an office was a place where all the records, equipment, and meetings were held. Absolutely all of that can now be facilitated without congregating in a single location.
No more commute. No more missing dinner. No more sitting with annoying coworkers.
The benefits are huge for individuals, and for businesses. Employees can more easily transition into the life-work balance that they’ve always dreamed about. Employers can stop paying for expensive office space, while simultaneously benefiting from a happier, more productive workforce. It’s a win-win!
If you doubt whether leaving the office is something that employees want, consider this: most millennials will take a pay cut to increase their work-life balance.
Are You Buying In?
Cloud computing is an affordable and convenient (read: smart) decision for both businesses and individuals. It will continue to gain popularity unless some heretofore unknown computing solution comes of age, so it’s best to jump on board.