As a seasoned gadgets user, just like anyone out there, I, too, am inclined to believe that portable memory devices are getting smarter and better. For companies, it’s a race to acquire market share, but for the users it is a completely different tale. We need something efficient with small size, with dibs on portability and compatibility factor, and also a huge emphasis on data redundancy.
Now, in my time, I have used almost all kinds of USBs and portable devices. Sadly, I somehow lost one of my earliest 128Mb USB drive, but I still have my personal Kingston 256Mb USB drive. It works like a charm and the data sectors have never corrupted or anything, which is why the data redundancy part is more important.
Also, do bear in mind that when you are prowling for portable storage or streaming devices, any brand out there entices people with two things, i.e. Speed and Data Storage Size. What these companies don’t tell you whether your data will be safe from corruption in the coming time period or not. I believe that as much as storage size of any portable device is important, it is equally important to see how the disk sectors will behave in the next few months, or years.
It never hurts to take backups or perform recovery actions from backup devices, but it is a hassle to do so in the long run. Wouldn’t it be better to not have the need to perform data recovery or “backup” at all? Or wouldn’t it be better that you only buy data storage device or portable device for the sake of backing up important data, for the last time. Well, it all comes down to your preference, i.e. which brand you want to buy and which model/ edition of the said portable device you are considering buying.
In this guide, I will personally recommend several tips for people who need multi-gigabytes, speed and data reliability at their disposal. Take a look below…
Things to consider when buying portable devices:
- Connection speed and reliability:
I’ve had my shares of sloppy storage devices that run fine during the first few months or so, then you get the usual connection errors, or no connection at all. Despite of the fact that you have connected the ports right and the USB is plugged in properly all the way, but somehow, either your computer is playing tricks on you, or the drive’s actual port has run out of “luck”.
In this case, your best bet is to just take a backup on a new device, while hoping that this god forsaken drive will not give up on you during the actual backup phase.
Obviously, the next device you should be buying has to rely heavily on connection speed and reliability. The new standard is USB 3.0, Thunderbolt and etc., so look for something under that category. Some portable devices have the compatibility option to support both Thunderbolt and USB alike. In this scenario, you should be buying a portable drive which is future proof, as in from long term use perspective.
- Latest USB standards to keep up with?
Buying that “latest” flashy USB or storage drive is not enough. Smart tech gadget users think out of the box by purchasing devices that are future proof. For instance, the current trend is USB Type C connector, which is not only compatible with Thunderbolt, but also compatible with regular USB ports that came with earlier devices.
This new USB connector standard will be a trend for another 2 years or less. So if you bought a USB Type C connector device, you are in safe hands. The next standard will be compatible with Type C, at least I am sure of it, and also any other standards worth supporting. Things will change, though, in 2017, but lets see what comes out in the market.
Speed is mandatory on your check list:
Of course, speed is important for all kinds of storage device enthusiasts. You need to the data to be read, written and recovered within seconds, if not minutes. In other words, who would want to spend 20 minutes on a couple of files that are merely 8 or 10 Gb in overall size? Copying large amount of data has become a regular norm in almost each and every office/ household out there.
Likewise, if you are streaming data from a Wi-Fi enabled Hard Drive, you would want an uninterrupted experience. It is important to buy drives that are USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt standard compliant. If you cannot afford to buy a portable device with high storage capacity, you should be investing in the “speed” factor as an alternative. SSDs and Hybrid SSDs are also a good choice for people out there.
- The toughness factor:
Another important question that begs to be answered is how tough a portable data drive is? Is it built to withstand a few accidental drops or minor spills? In this regard, you’d want to buy a storage device that can take a little punishment, obviously unforeseen because no one deliberately drops a previous storage device.
Last but not the least, I left the storage and size department to your choice. In the end, it is your money in question, so while keeping in mind the above commandments, buy any device that suits your budget range. High capacity storage is important, but if any of the above features are missing, you, my friend, will be losing important data eventually.