Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web Where Exactly Are My Backed up Files Stored on the Internet? Is My Backed Up Data Just Floating Around the Internet Somewhere? by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on June 24, 2019 Saul Gravy / Getty Images Around the Web Browsers Cloud Services Error Messages Family Tech Home Networking 5G Antivirus VPN Web Development Around the Web View More Tweet Share Email Where is all of your data stored when you send it over the internet to an online backup service? Is it spread all over lots of computers or kept on a server at the backup company's headquarters? The following question is one of many you'll find in my Online Backup FAQ: "Where is all of my data stored? I'm guessing they're on computer servers somewhere but where exactly is my data? Where are those servers located?" Yes, online backup services house your data on enterprise-class servers in professional data centers. Some services own their own data centers while others lease or purchase servers in data centers run by other companies (a very standard practice). Most online backup services use data centers located in North America, most often in the US, but some also have them in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia to better serve customers in those areas. Information on data center locations for some of my favorite online backup services is available in my Online Backup Comparison Chart. For backup services not listed there, a quick email or look through their online FAQ should answer the question. Please know, however, that your data will almost always be stored on one or more servers in the closest data center to your location. Exactly which data center, assuming your online backup provider operates more than one, or what the address of that data center is, isn't usually available for security reasons. Here are some other online backup concerns that I often get asked about: Is It Safe to Send & Store My Private Data on the Internet?Will My Internet Be Slow If I'm Backing Up All the Time?Do Online Backup Services Limit File Formats or Sizes? Here are more questions I answer as part of my Online Backup FAQ: How Exactly Does Online Backup Work?Is Online Backup Better Than Local Backup?What's the Difference in Cloud Backup and Online Backup?How Do I Decide Which Online Backup Service to Pick?How Long Will the Initial Backup Take?Can I Restore Old Versions of Files I Back Up?Do I Have to Back Up Everything on My Computer or Device?What Exactly Should I Back Up?How Much Online Backup Space Will I Need?Do Some Online Backup Plans Really Allow Unlimited Data?Why Would Anyone Choose a Limited Plan over an Unlimited One?Are Online Backup Plans Priced by the Month or Year?Are Free Online Backup Plans Really Free or Just Free Trials?Can I Back Up All My Devices Using One Backup Plan?If My Backed Up Files Are Online, Can I Access Them Anywhere?How Do I Restore a Backed Up File?If My Entire Computer Dies, How Can I Get My Files Restored?Where Is JustCloud & ZipCloud in Your Online Backup List?Why Aren't Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Etc. In Your List?What Online Backup Service Do YOU Use, Tim?