In May I had a problem with my computer, and I assured myself I’d back up all my important files on discs or a separate hard drive. I never did. There were good reasons—I didn’t know how and didn’t want to learn, my son was too busy to do it, and the only external hard drive we had was so unreliable that my son had quit using it.
But, I finally signed up with a service called Carbonite. I started with the free 14-day trial, then paid their yearly fee of $54.95. (I got an extra 2 months free by going here to sign up for Carbonite, but I’ve seen similar offers on tv, and Pandora users were being offered 1 month free.) The initial backup of the 24GB on my computer took 9 days, but I think it was because my computer shuts down after a certain period of inactivity. Now that the whole thing is there, it works really fast. I barely get new pictures loaded and the program starts backing them up.
Carbonite provides unlimited storage of files I create, though if I delete them from my computer they also delete them from their server after 30 days. It also gives me the ability to access my files from another computer if I need something when I’m not at home. They don’t back up the actual programs, so I’m not sure what to do about my Vista, Word 2007, and other important files—but I think I’m supposed to have backup discs for those somewhere.
There are other services out there that do much the same thing as Carbonite, so be sure to research them to see if they might be better for your needs. Here’s one site that reviews some of the options.
Since I haven’t got the self-discipline (or is it a memory problem?) to back up everything regularly, this service gives me peace of mind that’s well worth the fee they charge. You can read more about Carbonite here.
Do you use a backup service? Which one do you recommend, and why do you like it? Have you lost important data because you didn’t back it up? How often do you save your files?