It’s not unusual to carry files backed up with you, possibly on a small drive or thumb drive, but this shouldn’t be your only backup.
At home, having a network drive or a secondary backup drive is crucial, and if you have a mirrored drive, the results are even better.
Mirrored drives are sort of what they sound like, with a drive that is mirrored to another drive, meaning if you backup to one, the other drive gets the same files, ensuring two backups at the same time.
These sorts of drives are rare when it comes to portable options, but you can find them. For most people, we’d keep one at home, operating either as a network drive (NAS) or desktop-based drive (DAS).
Whichever drive you end up going for — solid state or hard drive — the multiple backup approach is highly beneficial, especially if you have large files.
Smaller files can be backed up this way also, but you may want to consider cloud storage for the smaller files, with solutions such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive for the storage of files that can be accessed from any location.
Files like this are not only backed up to a large server somewhere else, but also mirrored at these locations, so you’re less likely to lose them because they’re not on hard drives that will suffer from severe failures.
Does this mean SSD is bad?
The biggest question we get when people start asking about solid-state drives and their durability has to do with SSDs being bad or dangerous for long term use, and nothing could be further from the truth.
While the technology is newer and less “tried and true”, solid-state memory technologies are quite stable, appearing in phones, tablets, laptops, and camera memory, among other places. Failures can happen to flash memory drives, that’s true, but they can also happen to any type of drive.
That is part of the problem with any piece of electronics, because anything can fail given enough time or environmental circumstances.
For now, SSD is fairly stable, and results in faster speeds and better battery life than regular hard drives. The drives are good, but as with all things, they can fail.
It is worth noting that nothing is perfect though, so multiple backups should be something practiced by all, particularly when files are changing on a regular basis.
Remember: drives don’t last forever, but your files can if backed up properly across more than one drive.