Cloud storage versus external hard drive

Olga Weis

We all know how important it is to backup one’s data – losing it can be disastrous, so there is no question of whether to do it or not. The question is whether one should do it locally, i.e. on an external hard drive, or remotely, on a cloud storage service.

Cloud storage vs hard drive

Let us compare these methods so you can decide which one suits you:

Using a portable hard drive appears to be cheaper option, there are no subscription cost and bandwidth usage fees, unlike in the case of a cloud service. However if you don’t have much data to keep online, some clouds can do it for you for free.

Transferring data
It is easier and faster to transfer your data to a hard drive for backup rather than upload it on a cloud, even if you have a decent Internet connection.

Local storage seems to have an advantage here, we tend to think that unless someone gets a hold of your hard drive, your files remain safe and protected. However, cloud storage providers employ the latest security technologies individuals cannot afford. Let us not forget that unlike cloud, hard drive, just like any hardware device, is susceptible to physical damage or loss.

This is where cloud storage services are much ahead of local storage devices. Since your data is stored online, you can access it from anywhere anytime as long as you are connected to the Internet. This proves to be really convenient.

Sharing data
Data stored on a cloud can easily be shared with others, you can work on documents and files at the same time.

As you can see, choosing a backup method depends on your priorities – businesses or individuals for whom flexibility is a priority might be better off with cloud storage services, while those who are concerned about the price would rather keep their data on an external hard drive. Nothing is preventing you from utilizing both methods at the same time.

So if you keep your data online, make sure you have the right software tool for Mac to manage your online data. The best would be a tool that can mount cloud drive on your computer. We suggest using CloudMounter, this application enables you to mount cloud storage as local drive on your Mac so you can easily access and manage data stored there. It supports all popular cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Amazon S3 and allows connecting to remote servers via WebDAV and FTP/SFTP/FTPS protocols. It thus becomes a single point of access to all your online data. Using CloudMounter is totally safe – logging into your accounts is performed through services’ native APIs, and all your passwords are safely stored on Mac’s Keychain.


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