Online Backups

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I’m glad that I came across this because it’s been a couple of months since I made a good backup of my computer. That’s one of those no-brainers that a lot of people just don’t seem to do as often as they should. Sometimes the things that are easiest to do are the hardest to do and backing up data is one if those things.

If you’ve ever had a system crash where you lost all of your data, you know what I am talking about. It sucks to lose everything that you’ve worked on for months. I’m sure for some people it would even be longer than that. There are several different choices when making backups. Now that I am running Vista it is even easier, but most people still run Windows XP or something older, or perhaps a Mac. Backing up data is not that easy, and restoring it is even harder. I don’t trust anyone else to do it for me either. There are places, “Geek Squads”, that you can take your computer and have them back up your entire computer, but they won’t give any kind of guarantee that all of it is saved or even accessible for that matter.

Backing up over the Internet is one more option. Online backup is easier than you think. Usually you can get set up withing five minutes or so and it’s pretty cheap. Generally speaking it’s pretty cheap as well, about $2 per gig of data. That’s particularly nice if all you are backing up is documents and really important stuff. That’s generally what I do. The operating system and everything else I can restore from DVD and then my docs are kept in a separate backup as well.

I am getting ready to make a backup of my web site as well. I have most of my blog entries archived, at least up through the 1st of April but the mp3s and pictures are not. I should be able to save most of the site offline so that if there is a system crash I can get up and running again pretty easily.

If you don’t make regular backups, you need to ask yourself what would happen if your hard drive were to die right now. What would you lose?