These days with rise of The Humble Bundle and similar systems its getting more and more common to sell unDRMed downloadable versions of games. These downloads can often be huge and available for a limited time so it makes sense to keep backups for the future. Despite the fact that hard disk space is getting cheaper and cheaper most hard disks would quickly fill up and that does not even account for the fact that if your hard disk crashed you would loose all of your games.
So what is the solution? There are two options – removable media and the cloud.
Historically removable media referred to floppy disks, then to CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs and now to Blu-Ray. Blu-ray disks look like CD’s but can store up to 25gig on a single layer and 50gb on a dual layer disk. You will need a blu-ray drive that can write such as [amazon_link id=”B00AWEZ0T0″ target=”_blank” ]Samsung Slim Retail External 3D Blu Ray Writer[/amazon_link] and disks like [amazon_link id=”B004LR5XSC” target=”_blank” ]TDK T78301 25GB 4x Recordable BD-R – Cakebox 25 Pack[/amazon_link]. Once you have invested in the hardware the disks are relatively cheap – 25 disks for £16.41 works out to be around 65p per disk.
Removable media does have disadvantages – a high initial cost, the possibility of a scratch rendering your backup useless and the fact that you can physically lose it but if you don’t mind these disadvantages it can work very well.
Cloud storage essentially means storing your files on a server. This has the advantage that you are personally not responsible for maintaining the files and that they are accessible from any machine. The disadvantages that you need an internet connection with a good uplink and that it can potentially be quite pricey if you try and store everything on one site.
The answer is to sign up for as many free accounts as you can find. Skydrive offers 7gb, Dropbox 2gb, Mega 50gb, Google Drive gb, Box 50gb and MediaFire 50gb. Take each account and store some of your files in it, or even better store each file in multiple places. If you are willing to put the time in to do so this can be quite a good manual backup system.
If this just seems like too much trouble your final alternative is something like Bitcassa which for $99 (£65) offers free infinite storage (or 10gb for free). Its not cheap but they run regular discounts and its offer of infinite storage is hard to resist.