4 Cloud storage is simply where a company sets up an online computer system with ultra massive amounts of storage and lets you use some of it. Dropbox
is one example. You have an App on your computer and Dropbox storage appears as a folder in File Explorer just like the folders on your own hard drive. Obviously these are commercial companies who are working for profit so you have to pay. I think the cheapest account with Dropbox, which gives you 5TB of storage, is €12 per month. They do have a free account but that is limited to 2 GB so not suitable for solving your problem. The free account is quite good if you want to send some one a file but it is too big to attach to an email. You store the file in your Dropbox folder and then send them a link to it so they can download it, which is what I did recently to give forum members access to a document.
3 The biggest flash drive you can buy is around 512 GB such as this one from e-shop
. It's a simple solution and should be reasonably reliable. It has the advantage that you can simply unplug it and take all your data with you. If you don't need to access the data very often you can also leave it unplugged until you need it so it gives you some protection if your PC gets fried by lightning. The downside is that you could get a 2 TB internal drive
, i.e. 4 x, for less money and a 4 TB
, i.e. 8 x, for only a bit more.
2 An external drive would be the easiest solution and quite cheap. For example you could get a 1 TB external drive
for around €45 or a 2TB drive
for around €65. Retrieving data from the drive will be slower than from an internal drive, especially if your computer is old and doesn't have USB 3.2. The drive will work with older USB standards but data transfer will be slower. Like the flash drive, if you don't need access to the data all the time you could also unplug it which gives you protection in the event of lightning damage.
1 For data you use on a regular basis an internal drive is always best since access is fastest and they tend to be the cheapest per GB storage. I tend to think of the above solutions as backup rather than regular storage. You could copy everything from your 500GB drive to an external drive and then delete everything that you don't need on a regular basis from the 500GB drive. That should free up a lot of space on the 500 GB drive and make it usable again. Moving photos and videos should free up a lot of space. You then only copy back files to the 500 GB drive when you need them and delete them again afterwards. The problem with replacing the existing internal drive with a bigger internal drive is copying all the existing data from the 500 GB drive to the new one if you have no free drive slots. You could buy an external USB to SATA adapter, plug the new bigger drive into the adapter, copy everything from the 500 GB drive to the new drive and then install the new drive internally in place of the 500 GB drive. Alternatively you could take the old 500 GB drive and the new drive to a computer shop such as Ροζακης on Anapafseos, i.e. the road from Mournies into Chania, just before it crosses Marko Botsari and they will copy if for you for a small fee. A cheap but good quality internal hard drive would be the Seagate Barracuda range, although it wouldn't be the fastest with a 5400 spindle speed. A higher performance option would be the Western Digital Black range with 7200 spindle speed. You can find low online prices if you search for either on Scrooge