Fellow language translators: If you haven’t experienced a hard drive crash, you can at least imagine the implications if it should happen. A metallic symphony of noise begins—this is actually the hardware taking its final gasping breaths—and then appears the “blue screen of death.” Indeed, what you think is happening is happening: your translations, your software, everything is gone.
Hard drive crashes happen, but they don’t have to end in tears if you simply back up your data with one of these three (not to mention free) cloud storage providers.
The blue screen of death: 3 ways for language translators to avoid it
DropBox thinks of itself as something of a “back pocket” that travels with you regardless of what pants you put on. Say you have a PC at home and a Mac at the office. Any files or language translations you save to your Dropbox folder on the PC magically appear in the Dropbox folder on your Mac (or whatever mobile device you happen to use).
And say something apocalyptic happened and all of your devices crashed at the same time. No problem: You can still access everything from the Dropbox website. Free plans limit users to 2GB of storage space, but they are given 500 MB per referral and can receive up to 18GB of storage space. There are also Pro and Business plans that start at $9.99/month.
Google Drive is another favorite of ours. Like Dropbox, Google Drive allows users to store and access files from any computer or mobile device. If you change a file on your home computer, guess what? Google Drive automatically updates the files on the web or on any other device where you’ve installed the program. The first 15GB of storage is free, but you can upgrade and get another 100GB of storage for a mere $4.99/month.
Media Fire is one of the lesser-known cloud storage apps, but it’s a worthy mention. The upside is that you get 50GB of storage space free, but it does have some deficiencies: First, the free version includes ads and you can only upload files up to 200MB in size. Second, you can only download one file at a time.
All of this can be remedied, though, if you spend a mere $1.50/month. Although you won’t gain more storage space, the $18 you spend a year on the service will get rid of the ads.
Although there are several other cloud applications—SkyDrive and SugarSync are two well-known ones—none (in our opinion) are as useful for language translators as the three we’ve mentioned above. And if we had to rely on one service to house our language translations, we’d choose Google Drive every time.