* Why I currently do not have a hard drive.
Hello Dropbox. And no, it’s not actually hard (literally and metaphorically). It’s actually this super squishy, friendly, save your paper at 4 am in the library right before your hard drive crashes, college friendly, personal solution. The cloud allows me to upload all of my files remotely and to be able to access and pick up my work right where I left off on my; Android Nexus 5, iPhone 6, tablet and computer. A few years ago I used to email files to myself to access them on a separate device. Those days are numbered. As a college student who travels and is on the go frequently the cloud is an ideal companion. I used to worry about my computer getting smashed during my soccer team bus rides. All my data and files would be lost. The cloud fixed that. I used to worry about connecting to wifi networks that could upload a virus onto my machine; compromising all of my data. The cloud solved that. http://pando.com/2013/11/20/if-you-think-the-cloud-isnt-secure-youre-dead-wrong/
And for the few times that I do travel around Rockbridge or the rest of the country, rain or shine, as long as my Verizon LTE network is available on my phone / phablet (see red coverage blanket) I can access my files over the network or off my laptop with my mobile hotspot. Yes, the cloud does that. http://referaat.cs.utwente.nl/conference/17/paper/7351/applying-the-cloud-computing-model-in-lte-based-cellular-systems.pdf
If for some strange reason I end up in the desert of Nevada, I have my Dropbox set up to “offline sync” the files I use most frequently to my SSD. Because really lets be honest, 99% of all files on our computer never get accessed. Who even needs 300GB these days anymore? My 128 GB of space is plenty to store my OSX, word docs and excel files. Email is a web based application and is already stored over a server (i.e. cloud), and can not be used offline. They can’t be stored. They are accessed. http://computer.howstuffworks.com/e-mail-messaging/email.htm
Seagate and Western Digital are the two big dinosaurs of this century at least. And we all know what happened to the dinosaurs. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130212–chicxulub-asteroid-dinosaurs-volcano-mass-extinction-environment-science/