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Unlocking the Key to Data Storage

Storage. The word makes many of us cringe. It seems like no matter how big your residence is, you’ll run out of storage space. The need is so strong that one multibillion-dollar storage company is expected to report a fifth consecutive year of revenue increases.

Data doesn’t take up physical space, but it does come with storage demands. As the business world transitions to digital dominance, data storage moves closer to the forefront of every company’s challenges.

Just as with physical items, data can be stored in several places. Let’s examine each type of data storage and its limitations.

The potential that’s kept in storage

As explained by Techopedia, data storage is “a general term for archiving data in electromagnetic or other forms for use by a computer or device.” Here are the most common types:

Internal Hard Drives

An internal hard drive is a data storage facility inside your computer. A desktop computer may have multiple hard drives while laptops usually have only one.

Internal hard drives are convenient because your computer comes already equipped with one. But they run the risk of crashing or acquiring viruses that can render your data mute.

External Hard Drives

An external hard drive works just like an internal one except it is located outside your computer and plugged into your system so data can be routed there for storage.

External hard drives are great for backing up your internal hard drive in the event of a crash and providing extra data storage to supplement your internal hard drive. The downside of internal and external hard drives is a lack of practicality when transferring stored data — think of moving heavy boxes from your basement to a storage facility.

Flash Drives

Flash drives or thumb drives are basically miniature hard drives that fit in your pocket. Plug them in, upload data and take them to another computer to complete the transfer or save them as a source for backup data storage.

Flash drives are great for mobility and easy data backup. But because they are so small, the amount of available storage is quite limited.


A CD-ROM works like a flash drive. Insert it into your computer’s CD drive and upload data that can be stored on a small and easy-to-carry device.

The trouble with CD-ROMs is that the stored data is “read-only.” This means it cannot be changed once stored.

The Cloud

Storing data on the cloud is essentially storing data on the Internet. The cloud has a physical infrastructure of datacenters, or warehouses, where large, powerful servers store data that can be accessed worldwide.

Cloud-based file-sharing companies such as Citrix ShareFile are transforming data storage for the better. Using a company like ShareFile, you can break free from the storage limitations of flash drives, enjoy security not afforded by hard drives and take mobile capabilities to levels not possible with CD-ROMs.

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