Each of my Macs has a set of very valuable files; from music to movies to photos to Documents. Yes, they’re all in iCloud. No, iCloud isn’t good enough so I have another online backup system, plus, a bunch of inexpensive hard disk drives.
How Cheap Is Cheap?
First, a little history. My computer using days goes back to the last century; long before DOS, long before Mac OS, back to an odd little OS called CP/M which specialized in arcane tools and the command line interface. In the early Mac days we saved space on our disk drives with a utility called Stuffit, which reduced file sizes.
These days, who cares? We can store absolutely everything and backup mostly anything on very inexpensive hard disk drives. How inexpensive? MacSales has 1TB disk drives for around $50, 2TB for around $80, and I saw an 8TB for less than $200, and Best Buy has a promo for a 10TB disk drive for $170 (with caveats; you know Best Buy, right?).
Everything I save on my Macs can be saved on a 1TB disk drive. I purchased an external SSD solid state storage drive for less than $100, so even those prices are dropping steadily.
Second, here’s the other part of the disk drive storage story.
For the first few years of my computing career, going back into the late 1970s and early 1980s, all my storage was on floppy disk drives. My first hard disk drive was an external SCSI drive.
10MB for $1,500.
That’s 10 megabytes. And one thousand five hundred dollars.
Today you can get 16GB USB jump drives as tchotchkes at trade shows or as giveaways. For most Mac users, 10TB will let you backup everything, and, if not– you’re not the average Mac user.