What to do before losing your USB stick Watch
Don't forget to create a text file which contains your contact information on your USB stick. There is a chance that you receive a call/email if you lose it. You can also label the USB stick body with your contacts.
These methods are not replacements for regular back ups.
I hope this method helps.
Save it on your cloud storage of choice.
In research, you can easily obtain TB's of data. Try uploading that to onedrive, dropbox or box. It can be extremely slow, even through a university connection, and very expensive. A lot of the time the sync fails too. Its a lot easier to just keep it stored on several mechanical drives or SSD's.
I do 90% of my file sharing on cloud based systems.
In my experience it was rubbish to say the least!
sooner or later it's gonna get hacked [everything gets hacked sooner or later]. and with it, your data will be exposed. heck i don't even store sensitive passwords on my pc or use password manager sites because i know they can be hacked too.
when i need a backup i backup to portable hard drive or usb. i feel it's more likely for the cloud to get hacked than someone break into my home and steal the usb/portable hard drive
Anything else I keep on a usb pendrive or have on my NAS, I can't take my NAS out of house so have things like a pen drive for books/comics and one for portable games.
It also means if I get a power failure or lose internet I have the USB as backup.
I just don't like idea that I need internet to access it and I don't really have any control over it, the content or ability to access it could be yoinked anytime. I've been a internet user since mid 90's and just seen soooo many of these 'forever storage!' things come...and go.