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Computers are used for just about everything now, so it’s important that you backup all of your data. But how do you decide between using cloud storage or an external hard drive?

To decide, we’re going to take a look at them both. Let’s examine the Western Digital (WD) My Book Essential 3TB for our hard drive. For cloud storage, we’ll look at Just Cloud.

Just Cloud Review: Pros and Cons

With Just Cloud storage, you can access your files from anywhere and on any device. There are no cords or mess for you to deal with. Just upload your files to the cloud, and your data is secured on a remote server with bank-quality encryption for protection.

If you want to share files with someone else, it’s incredibly easy to send them securely through Just Cloud. Just Cloud also automatically backs up your data to prevent loss; if the server that contained your data were to crash, they’ve already taken the right steps to restore it.

Although Just Cloud offers bank-level encryption, there is always a risk when you put sensitive data online.

My Book Essential Review: Pros and Cons

My Book Essential doesn’t require internet access as it plugs directly into your machine through your USB port (3.0 or 2.0). It’s as secure as the rest of your computer is, if not more because it can easily be taken offline by unplugging the device.

This hard drive comes with software that automatically backs up your files. As soon as it detects a file is created or changed, it updates the backup to stay up-to-date. This software also has tools for recovering lost or deleted data easily.

The external hard drive’s weakness is that, in order to have access to these files on other systems, you’ll need to directly plug it into them. It’s not quite as convenient as having your data in the cloud (unless you’re strictly working offline).

Another problem is that if your My Book Essential hard drive were to get damaged, your backup files would be gone as well. For maximum stability, you would need to purchase multiple systems.

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