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We've all been there....
- You forgot to save a file and your computer crashed or the power failed.
- Your hard drive failed and the last time you backed anything up was on floppies 5 years ago.
- You accidentally deleted a file or wrote over the original.
Those are just a few of the things that can happen. You try to remember to back up to CDs, DVDs, flash drives, smart cards and external drives. But if it isn't automated....yup, you're going to forget. And it will always be at a crucial time.
So what can you do? Well, there are external drives with software that automates your backups. That's a great start. I picked up a 600GB Maxtor One Touch drive at Sam's Club almost four years ago. It's automated and has saved my butt several times. But there are two downsides to this.
First, I've already run into an upgrade issue. When I installed the software on my new laptop, I found out Maxtor has been bought out by Seagate. Okay, that's not a bad thing, is it? Well, for this drive it is....they no longer support it and I can't get any updates (even though the website tells me there is one). I'll continue to use it until it fails.
Second, what happens if your home is destroyed - fire, tornado, hurricane, flood - you get the idea. What good is your on-site backup when both it and your computer are lost? None at all....
What I have done is sign up for on-line backups with Carbonite. I looked into several services, , but liked the pricing and ease of use I found at Carbonite. You can try it free for 15 days, no credit card required. It's easy, painless and backups are done automatically in the background. [NOTE: If you use my link to sign up, you get an extra month FREE and I do, too!]
I've used it for over a year and wouldn't be without it. Oh, and the amount of data you want backed up? Unlimited. There are plans for faster backup speeds but for me, with about 100GB to be backed up, the basic $59/year plan is perfect. And yes, I have had to recover data....LOL!
Got any horror stories about losing data? How do you handle backups?