The Day Hard-Drives Become Obsolete

The Day Hard-Drives Become Obsolete

Not too long ago, the only way to store data for personal users was on the hard-drive of a computer. After that came the use of disks, thumb drives and external hard-drives. This was the way of life for most users for years – until cloud storage. Today, cloud storage is growing in popularity and more users are skipping the traditional methods of storage and opting for the cloud instead. Cloud storage is essentially just a fancy way to back up information, only this time it is left on a server rather than a physical device that can be lost or stolen.

Today, cloud storage has expanded to allow users the ability to collaborate and update documents within their cloud in real-time. Document storage can also be synchronized on multiple platforms and devices, which mean what a user saves on their PC can still be viewed on their iPad. For users who are unfamiliar with cloud storage or are unsure where to turn, there are two major providers in the cloud storage community that have proven effective and offer a variety of services to meet the needs of private and business consumers alike:

Google Drive

Once referred to as “Google Docs”, Google Drive is a downloadable application from Google that allows individuals to use the features of Google Docs on their desktop as well as through the online browser. Files can be stored directly through Google Drive and accessed on a variety of devices. The one drawback to Google Drive, however, is that iPhone and iPad users will have to use their browsers on their device rather than an application since Google has yet to create an app for iPhone. Android users on the other hand will have direct access to their drive by using a Google Drive app.

DropBox

DropBox has a creative system that allows users to save directly to their cloud storage directly from their computer. No more logging into an online site and uploading files – with DropBox users just save like they would to their hard-drive. The advantage of DropBox for businesses is that if multiple employees are collaborating on the same project, the project will be updated in real-time, which means multiple individuals can work on the same project without waiting for another person to finish their portion.

Cloud storage and cloud computing are becoming the new method for safe, reliable storage. With more cloud storage providers offering a variety of features and accessibility options, it is no wonder the hard-drive is becoming obsolete. 

KoriLynn Johnston

Korilynn

Korilyn has been covering and writing about technology over the past 10 years for a number of popular online trade publications.

2 Responses to The Day Hard-Drives Become Obsolete

  1. Cloud computing has really become a popular file storage, with different companies offering reliable services.  But I don’t think its really necessary to disregard the use of hard drives.  It’s still wise to store back up files on portable hard drives. :)

  2. Disclaimer –  I work for Seagate… I would hardly use the term obsolete.  Google and Dropbox use hundreds of thousands of hard drives to provide their services.  I’m also not buying the argument that personal hard drives going away anytime soon. Hard drives will be the predominant means of storage in desktops and notebooks for years.  In addition, the average digital content per household will be in the multi-terabyte range in a matter of a few years, and let’s face it, it’s pretty cost prohibitive for a consumer to backup and store multiple terabytes of data in the cloud. I see the cloud as a positive compliment to local storage – especially for mobile devices – but it does not spell the end of personal disk based storage. Spoken like a true hard drive guy :)  Thanks for the thought provoking post!