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    I have seen two instances where a computer has crashed and the data has been lost. I always think if this happens to me everything in my computer will be lost, including photos, work related and personal files, data of finances and more. How can I protect my data, where or how can I create a backup of my computer data?

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    It is a very wide subject and you will get a hundred different answers for this. In my opinion what matters is the value of your data. If it is of business interest then I would recomend getting some cloud space besides keeping a backup locally aswell.

    Locally there are number of ways to protect your data and the best way being having a raid configuration which would cost a little extra initially but when thee is a hard drive crash you wont loose anything as other drives would still be running. Most servers that run websites use this technology because in event of hard drive failing they can keep the websites up and running.

    Cheaper option to back up locally would be to buy a portable hard drive. 1TB should cost you less then 4500Rs. Get a 2TB one if you have lots of data. There are bigger options available depending on your needs.

    Idrive (microsoft) launched a 1TB portable 2.5inch drive last night for $99. I am not sure if it is available in India yet but it is something you can use in combination with your idrive account.

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    It is cheaper to buy a 2TB drive. You can get one from flipkart. I got a Seagate backup plus and it works well.

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    If 1TB costs around Rs4500, wonder what 2TB would cost. This is actually an expensive option for me. Its not something which I would be able to lash money out on.

    Which cloud space is the best then?

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    I dont know whether this is a good suggesstion, but if your looking for a cheap way to store data, then you can use DVD's to copy the data to them and keep them stored. You can do this for your files, photos and other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neetu800 View Post
    If 1TB costs around Rs4500, wonder what 2TB would cost. This is actually an expensive option for me. Its not something which I would be able to lash money out on.

    Which cloud space is the best then?
    Cloud space is going to cost you even more. I use dropbox free version but I have 50GB space free for two years. You have to do a few things to get that much space. I think the DVD option as suggested by preeti would suit you better. It is cheap and you dont need additional hardware either if you already have a dvd writer. Just buy new dvds as and when you need them and they are cheap.

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    I would also like to add that with cloud space you also need to use that much data transfer which adds to cost if you do not have an unlimited plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    Cloud space is going to cost you even more. I use dropbox free version but I have 50GB space free for two years.
    Well you learn something new everyday! I didnt know that dropbox only free for 2 years.

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    Nothing can be free for ever. They have to charge you one day to survive otherwise how are they supposed to run their business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    I use dropbox free version but I have 50GB space free for two years
    Whats the cost after two years on dropbox?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neetu800 View Post
    I have seen two instances where a computer has crashed and the data has been lost. I always think if this happens to me everything in my computer will be lost, including photos, work related and personal files, data of finances and more. How can I protect my data, where or how can I create a backup of my computer data?
    Anyways the cheapest option would be to burn a DVDs of important stuff.
    Then comes getting an external HDD.
    Finally setting up a RAID is the best option in my opinion. Though it can initially be relatively costly. I have been saving to setup my own backup server.

    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti_20 View Post
    Whats the cost after two years on dropbox?
    He got free promotional space for 2 years by inviting other people to Dropbox. By default dropbox provides 5GB free space.

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