Amazon Cloud Drive vs Portable Hard Drive | Online Free Secure Storage or External Drive Anywhere Anytime
Amazon Cloud Drive and External Hard Drive or Portable Drive are facilities to store data, information or multimedia and access them from anywhere anytime. Amazon cloud drive initially comes with 5 GB free storage and 20 GB is for 20 dollars per year. Portable Hard Drive you need to buy depends on your storage requirements. Tablet and Smartphone usage is increased compare to Laptop and Desktop usage. Users like mobile or on go access of data and multimedia since its additional burden to carry external hard drives or storage drives. Higher Memory Tablet and Smartphone prices are higher than lower memory devices. For an instance iPad 2 32 GB is cheaper compare to iPad 2 64 GB or Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 32 GB is cheaper than 64 GB
Since Internet has come part of the life like electricity and water, upload or download or sync to storage drive became easy. Introduction of cloud computing makes storage reliable, faster, scalable and more flexible. Users can access their cloud drive faster and secure. Amazon introduced Cloud Drive in late March 2011 with free starter plans to attract users.
Difference Between Amazon Cloud Drive and External or Portable Hard Drive
(1) Amazon Cloud Drive initial plan is free whereas you need to invest some money to buy portable hard drive.
(2) Amazon Cloud Drive is easy scalable so you can increase or decrease the size of your storage drive whereas in portable hard drive, you need to buy another one if you need additional storage space.
(3) Portable Hard Drive needs external power or it takes power from USB cable to operate but Amazon Cloud Drive doesn’t consume power from your devices.
(4) Since its cloud drives, its more reliable or will not affect by individual hard drive failures but you will loose the whole data if portable disk fails.
(5) You need Internet to access Amazon Cloud Drives but you need USB port to access external storage drive.
(6) Amazon Cloud Drive is easy accessible from anywhere if you are connected to Internet but you need to carry the external hard drive where ever you go. There are changes you may forget to take it with you.
(7) Security wise, Amazon uses https access, so transmission of files to Amazon Cloud is secure so it has equivalent security to portable hard drive but portable hard drives may be misplaced or stolen.
(8) Amazon Cloud Drive is anywhere anytime access but portable storage drive has to be carried with.