Thumb Drive or SD Card
Sometimes, you need to store a paper or a file, such as family pictures, but you don't have access to the internet. In this scenario, you can simply plug in a thumb drive to your computer or micro SD Card to your phone and offload the photos onto secondary storage to plug it in elsewhere later for safe keeping and uploading to the web. This is especially helpful for your phone, which is probably already filled with storage from apps.
If you are more tech savvy and willing to change operating systems from a Windows or Apple PC, then you can use Linux to store your files. The benefit of Linux is that it gives you more control over your information.
By using the command line terminal, you can type commands that go directly to the kernel of the computer and let you manipulate data and files on a deeper level. You can decide what size the directory, where you store your files, is limited to. This keeps it from taking up too much space which can happen on Macs or Windows PCs because they end up with extra bytes due to saving time with higher level functions that aren't as efficient.
Sometimes, the best way to store your data is a spreadsheet. This gives you a nice visual where you can see your columns of data side by side and run calculations on it, such as with Google BigQuery. Using an app like Google Sheets also lets you transport this data online.
In the Cloud
It doesn't always make sense to keep your data on your computer in hard storage. Sometimes, storing it in the cloud is the way to go. It is not as fast as accessing it directly from your PC but the benefit is that you can get to it from any web device any time you want, even if you don't have the original device you created it on with you. And with options like Dropbox, it can be free or very affordable to do this.
Evernote is a hybrid app. It does work in the cloud as an emergency backup, but mostly it is a native app on your computer. The benefit of this over something like Dropbox is that not only can you store files on it, you can create files instantly.
You have the ability to take notes and use bold, italics, and different colors. You can also record voice notes. It makes it a convenient note taker that also works on your phone so you can offload thoughts from your mind while knowing it will be in the cloud or on your device waiting for you.
Sometimes, you need your data to be more secure than usual. In this case, you can create hidden partitions. These are virtual storage protocols that emulate real hardware but give you the same level of protection without needing to upgrade your computer. You can choose to make them searchable or require a special key to get them to appear depending on how secret you need the information to be in terms of the public eye.
Digital data today takes up more space than it ever did before. In this age of rapid information acceleration, you need a way to save important files, whether they are for work, fun, or family. So use the approaches above and know that your data is organized and ready to access whenever you need it.
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