Storage Devices

There are a number of options available when it comes to storage media for storing your backups. In some cases your choice of storage media will depend on the size and frequency of your backups.

External and internal hard drives can be used easily. These may consist of traditional hard drives or the newer SSD and NVMe drives.

Another option is Flash memory devices like USB thumb drives which can be referred to as UFD  or USB Flash Drives. These have gotten progressively larger and some will be available in 1 terabyte sizes later this year.

Optical storage media like CDs, DVDs, or BDs can be a popular choice for housing your backups. These come in various sizes and  rewriteable media types can be reused if you wish.

Many businesses use NAS or Network Attached Storage, but it’s also becoming an option in homes that have multiple computers.  You can also use tape drives for your backup and there’s also cloud storage which has become very popular.

This gives you a wide range of backup storage options to choose from!

Removable Media

Removable media basically refers to any media that can be removed from the device. This would include things like floppy disks, CDs, DVDs. and tape backups.

Internal Drives

Internal drives refers to any physical drive that is housed within your device. Your computer comes with an internal hard drive or SSD. Other internal drives could include tape drives and optical media like CDs and DVDs.

External Drives

External drives refers to drives that reside outside of your computer. This includes things like external optical drives, tape drives, hard disk drives and SSD’s.

Network Backup Storage

Network Attached Storage, or NAS, refers to devices that are a part of your area networks. Backups can be performed between network drives and you can also have dedicated NAS devices to handle all your backup storage.

Cloud Backup Services

Cloud Backup Services includes companies that back up your data to their servers which are not located on your premises. Cloud backup can also refer to the process of backing up data to cloud services like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, and many other similar services. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program that provides us commission on products you purchase through