Are you running out of Storage space, but don't want to delete any of your Data?
Here is a quick guide on the solutions you can take to exponentially increase your storage capacity.
There is the option of internal storage.
If you only have a small machine, then it is possible you'll need to purchase a new Hard-Drive to replace the old one. I'd recommend cloning your current Hard-Drive, so that you don't have to completely reinstall the Operating System and transfer all of your data to the new drive, as this can be immensely time consuming.
The second option here is that if your machine is big enough, you can add a second hard-drive to increase your space. If you choose this option, don't forget to set this up correctly within Disk Management. This can be found by right-clicking on the Windows flag and selecting 'Disk Management'. Once there, do a search for all disks. When it has found the new Disk, be sure to allocate it a drive letter. Although it is highly likely, this will be plug and play.
There are two options when looking at internal storage.
- Mechanical Hard-Drives: These run at a slower speed, however, they offer tremendous amounts of storage space. Just doing a quick Amazon search bought back the result for a 6TB drive.
- Solid State Drives: These run at a much quicker speed, however, they offer less storage capacity. Unless you want to spend a lot of money, you're looking at 1TB of Space at best.
If you require lots of storage and you would also like your family to have access to it, you could buy a NAS (Network Attached Storage). This can be installed on your Home Network and with a little configuration, such as; Setting up a Network Share and correct Permissions, this will allow your family to upload and download files from the drive allowing them to free up space on their personal devices.
Owning a NAS Drive could become costly, especially if it is running all the time. The longer this device is on and running for; The more likely it is that a Drive will eventually fail.
Perhaps you're thinking that none of these options feel quite right for you?
Then how about Cloud Storage?
Many Websites now offer Cloud Storage. This is usually free up to a certain capacity, and then they require you to pay a monthly subscription.
For example; Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage, anything above this incurs a fee. Extra Storage ranges from 100GB to 2TB of storage, the cost of this ranges between £16 and £80 a annually.
Google offers storage above this amount ranging from 10TB to 30TB. However, for this perk, you'd be required to pay a lot of money. The price of this ranges from £80 to £240 a month.
Although, if you are signed up for a Microsoft Office license of any description, they give you access to OneDrive. This provides you with 1TB of storage for uploading files.
One of the benefits of Cloud Storage is that you can access your files from any device, where ever you are, so long as you have your Username and Password.
There are other options for storage, such as; External Hard-Drives and USBs which range in sizes of 1GB upwards. These are useful in the sense that they are portable and that you can always easily carry them around with you.
No matter where you choose to save your data, always follow the creed and ensure that your Data is always backed up in a separate location to avoid any unexpected Data loss.