I have two USB drives. I back up my laptop to one weekly, then copy that to
the other when I get around to it (probably every three months).
The difference is not that great. The sustained transfer rate to the drive is
nowhere near 6Gbps (more like 1Gbps for the fastest drives on the market).
In any case, it's several orders of magnitude faster than DVD.
I am not really interested in storing my information on someone elses
system even though the marketing department has decided to call it "the
External hard drives are inexpensive. I have two drives that I rotate
and store properly. Automatic backup software does the rest and I retain
control of my data.
Buy an external HD that is connected to your computer vis USB. You can
get them in many capacities cheaply.
Seagate has a 500 Gigabyte external HD for $60. Put all your valuable
stuff on there for storage. Pull the USB plug until you need to store or
retrieve your data.
Storing your data on some server that can access your data is not very
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