The Different Ways of Sharing Data

by GuestPoster on January 3, 2012

I remember when I started working with computers the only real way of sharing data was either printing out the document, or copying it to a floppy and walking over to another computer. The options back then were severely limited, but then again data back then wasn’t as large as it is today.

Luckily today there are many ways of sharing data. While you can still copy files to removable media, there are still other ways of sharing data. Below are just some of the ways.

  1. USB Flash Drive. This has been more popular in the past few years, and more and more people seem to own one. USB flash drives are very portable and can contain a large amount of storage space. These seem to be the latest incarnation of floppy disks.
  2. E-mail attachment. Attaching documents to e-mail has been around for a very long time, and continues to be the most popular method of sharing data. The only issue with e-mail is that there is usually a size limit to send, so sending very large files isn’t recommended.
  3. Social networks. Many people use social networks to share information, as well as files. With millions of people using various online social networks, it makes it a very convenient way of sharing data.
  4. Online storage/Cloud. With the increase in high speed connections, the online storage world and sharing data through the cloud has really been taking off recently. Not many people, however, will trust their data online, but for those that do, it is a great way of sharing data.
  5. Network servers. A network file storage server is mainly only for sharing data within a local area network, but for many people this can be a very good option if data doesn’t need to be shared outside of the network.
  6. External hard drive. Instead of using a server, an external hard drive can also be used to share data. Many routers, such as the Linksys E4200 (Linksys E4200 Wireless Router Review), include a USB port that an external hard drive can be plugged into. This allows the external hard drive to be used by all computers on the network, thus providing the ability to share data.

While there are many ways of sharing data, the above list covers some of the most popular ways of sharing data. Which method you choose is dependent on what type of data your are sharing and which way you feel comfortable in sharing the data.

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