Five affordable ways you can store more data

Running out of data storage? You’re not alone: recent research has shown that a truly staggering 90% of all data has been created in the last two years. So, in short, we’re constantly creating more and more data which, in turn, means we need more and more places to store it.

The problem is that storage media can be expensive, particularly if you don’t know what you need. Walk into an electronics store and tell them you need more memory, for example, and they may well start extolling the virtues of SSDs which, whilst extremely quick, are anything but cheap.

Put simply, unless you need or are willing to pay for exceptional read/write speeds, you can bolster your data storage significantly for less than £50. With this in mind, here are five types of storage media that boast significant capacity, yet cost less than what you’d normally pay to fill up your car’s petrol tank:

Hard Drives

A 2TB hard drive can be purchased for just over £50, that’s just two and a half pence per GB.

The drawback here is that these are internal drives meaning that you’ll either need to fit them into your machine or buy a hard drive array and set this up, both of which can be tricky. Yes, you could pay someone to set it up for you but this, possibly coupled with the need to buy a hard drive array, would make things expensive.

External Hard Drives

For roughly the same cost of a 2TB hard drive, you could instead purchase a 1TB external hard drive.

Yes, you’ll get half the storage capacity, but the cost per GB is still extremely competitive at five pence. Plus, these drives are easy to setup and maintain, making them an excellent way of substantially increasing the amount of data you can store with a minimum of fuss.

USB Drives

If you’re not in need of a device that can store vast amounts of data, we’d strongly recommend a USB drive. These seemingly ubiquitous devices offer relatively high capacities and, whilst their cost per GB of storage is relatively high (roughly 30 pence per GB), this is offset by the relatively low cost of the devices themselves.

SD Cards

They’re commonly associated with digital cameras but SD cards can be used to store all kinds of data and, if you’re not in the market for a high-capacity piece of storage media, are viable alternatives to USB drives.

The Cloud

Ok, we’re sort of cheating a little bit here: all of the devices we’ve mentioned previously incur a one-off fee whereas cloud storage – which allows you to store your data remotely – requires users to pay a moderate annual or monthly fee.

If you only require a small amount of additional storage, though, you could get it for nothing with a cloud storage provider, many of whom allow users to create an account that affords them two to five GBs of storage for free. Should you then need more storage, you can easily upgrade at any time.

Remember that all devices can fail so, just in case you ever need a data recovery service, click on the link and bookmark the page to quickly book a free diagnostic on any failed media.