Backup Your PC/MAC !
Your Files. Back Them Up. Perform
That is the message. Do you
backup your computer files?
If a disaster (fire, flood,
earthquake, tornado) affected
your home or business
where are your backup files?
If they were in the same location
as your computer, you may
have lost ALL of your data.
What about those tax returns?
Photos of the family. Financial
Do I need to say more?
You have a few choices for backups.
You can backup to media yourself,
and lock the media somewhere
outside of where the disaster
might hit (another town?). You
need to remember to keep backing
up your data. If you are a business,
you need to do that every day.
For your home, you can probably
get by about once a week.
Will You Remember? How much
will it cost you to send the
media to the "safe house" and
maintain the storage?
I think the best way is a set
it, and forget it approach.
There are several online backup
, and Carbonite are the
ones most people know about.
These services provide
different plans, depending on your needs. They all
have trials, so see which one
works best for you.
have a free limited
amount of storage if you don't
want to spend the money. I have
14GB free storage with IDRIVE.
allows you to search
for backed up files, and even
choose a version based on when
it was backed up. This is the best backup
solution. It integrates into windows with a plug in.
The backup with
is fast - the fastest of all the online
backups I have tried. This is the clear
little difficult to work with. If you mark all your
files for backup, it will start. If your computer
restarts for any reason, you need to start all over.
So for this, you need to add directories (folders) a
few at a time. I also found that if I reformatted my
hard drive for any reason, my old backups would not
be listed on Mozy. Maybe if you recovered files
before you install mozy on your new drive, it may
work. Support was not of any help. I also had my
Mozy backups say I had 10gb backed up, when 15
minutes before it was over 50GB. I just can;t trust
that my files will be there when I need them with
Carbonite - Is good if you have
a single system disk you want
backed up. You cannot backup
external drives (Hard Drives,
USB Sticks, Memory Cards) unless
you copy it to your system drive,
back it up, and then optionally
delete it. A very serious problem
in my opinion. It can take
several weeks to backup your files due to the low
With these services, you run
a program in the background
of your computer. Every once
in a while (you can usually
set it to go every so often,
and some even run almost continuously),
and that is it.
An important thing to verify
is that your data is transferred
over a secure connection!
You need to have a disaster recover plan
now... before disaster strikes!