Google Drive, OneDrive and hard drives. What do you do?!

So much data to store, where do you store it all? Google Drive offers 15 GB for free and even more for a small fee. OneDrive by Microsoft is the same. And then there are external hard drives.

All of the Above
The smart answer – buy a Google Chromebook. The lucky buyers of Chromebooks get 100 GB on Google Drive for free. Chromebook laptops costs between $200 and $350 – not a lot for a laptop. We live in a SaaS world, so why not go with the SaaS flow?

Take your 100 GB on Google Drive and move onto OneDrive. When you pay a measely $7 to Microsoft for Office 365, you get all of Microsoft 365 and 1 TB (1,000 GB!!) for under $100 a year. Well worth it! Let’s face it – many of us have pirate versions of Office at home. This deal is the perfect temptation to go legit. Do it.

Two Easy Hard Drives
I upload all my important content (music that I’ve paid for, my photos and articles that I write) to both Google Drive and OneDrive. But I’m not yet ready to 100% trust the cloud. That’s where my two external hard drives come in.

Every two months, I backup all of my Google Drive content (“my main source”) to OneDrive and my two external hard drives. These days, you can buy a good USB 3.0 hard drive for $80 or less. Go for it. The speed is out of this world – it takes 20-30 minutes to back up dozens of gigabytes.

The Paranoid Backup Solution
If you’re paranoid about losing your content – like I am – here’s the easy answer:

  • Use Google Drive as your main content cloud
  • Use OneDrive as your friendly backup
  • Back everything up on two external hard drives
  • Go crazy and burn to dvd your vital content

One person’s paranoid is another person’s prepared.

Ready, set, head for the cloud!