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How do you backup your computer?

Photo from Flickr by: daryl_mitchell

I read an article yesterday from the Toronto Star titled: Laptop with family photos stolen from hospital room.

The story is about a laptop containing hundreds of sentimental photos that was stolen from an elderly patient’s room at a local cancer treatment center.

To make matters worse, the computer contained photos of the 89-year-old patient’s granddaughter who died in March from a rare form of spinal cord cancer.

Back it up NOW

I am a big advocate for backing up your data, it’s something we often put off doing or neglect all together. Theft, fire, flood and hardware failures can happen to any of us at any time. This is why it’s so important to have a great backup system in place.

I run a nightly backup with my MyBook external hard drive (affiliate link). I also use Carbonite, which is a service that lets you backup your encrypted data to the cloud, so that you can access it anywhere.

As my friend, Baratunde Thurston wrote: Please backup your hard drive now… twice! It was his story that made me begin taking backups so seriously, give it a read.

What do you use for backing up your computer?

As for the jerk who stole the computer, the police have security footage of the suspect. I hope they find him and throw the book at him.

Photo from Flickr by: daryl_mitchell

Dave

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  • Dave, totally agree. Backups are something usually overlooked and if you rely on doing it manually it will never happen.

    The hard disk in my iMac crashed the same Saturday that the Nashville flood kicked in, not a good weekend, I had to scramble to get the data off of the bad disk. A side note, DiskWarrior is worth every penny. It was able to get my data off of the bad drive and if you are a Mac person its worth the $100 bucks to have.

    Another tool that I have had good luck with is Mozy, they have a 2GB free plan to get you started, automates the whole process and gets your data offsite which in a disaster like a flood or fire is key.

    Matt

  • Thanks Matt. Those are great options too.

  • Don't forget dropbox. 2GB to start and access from multiple computers and mobile devices.

  • I love services that allow you to access the files elsewhere, DropBox is a
    great solution too. Thanks Bob!

  • >CrashPlan family plan backs all 4 webslog machines up to the net on a nightly basis.
    >My photo drive backs up separately
    >iTunes on laptop backs up to a hard drive at home
    >Work files back up to a work only hard drive here.

    All sounds good in theory, but I've never done a drill to see if it would all work.

  • Thanks Web! I'd double check it, but it sounds like a great plan.

  • CrashPlan backs-up, encrypted, to both the web and a WD 1TB HD every evening. I manually backup to another WD HD every Week. And, additionally, I keep certain docs in my Dropbox. Lastly, I do burn DVDs… still.

    Thanks for preaching the importance of Backing Up, Dave! Folks that don't, will almost always end up regretting that they didn't back up. Its very simple: is your data important to you? Show me your backup, then.

  • CrashPlan backs-up, encrypted, to both the web and a WD 1TB HD every evening. I manually backup to another WD HD every Week. And, additionally, I keep certain docs in my Dropbox. Lastly, I do burn DVDs… still.

    Thanks for preaching the importance of Backing Up, Dave! Folks that don't, will almost always end up regretting that they didn't back up. Its very simple: is your data important to you? Show me your backup, then.

  • Thanks buddy! You rule!

  • Thanks buddy! You rule!

  • Great stuff. I use CrashPlan and constantly have it running and updating, but am considering a local backup, too. Advice on this? For Mac users, is TimeMachine worth using?

    I also have shared doc's and projects on Basecamp and Dropbox. I'm currently downloading some work projects onto some external hard drives to clean up my hard drive space, as well.

    Ah, storage. Amazing how much data and technology we have access to these days…

  • peterscott8

    The story is about a laptop containing hundreds of sentimental photos that was stolen from an elderly patient’s room at a local cancer treatment center. I am a big advocate for backing up your data, it’s something we often put off doing or neglect all together. Theft, fire, flood and hardware failures can happen to any of us at any time. This is why it’s so important to have a great backup system in place.
    _____________
    peterscott

  • cclarke52

    I use a Fantom external drive with Comodo backup software every day for documents, registry and Outlook personal files, plus an automatic daily email and personal file backup with Mozy.com.

  • Thanks Chris!

  • cclarke52

    There are few things in life as painful as losing everything on your computer, but so few people (and shockingly few small businesses) take any precautions at all. Oy!

  • It's true. It hurts when it happens!

  • i just back-up my files via online. from mydropbox to megaupload. i just place passwords to protect them. i also have regular external drive to backing up my documents.

  • In prefer hard backups, rather than online backup services. Those can get expensive, and restoring data still depends on an internet connection.

  • True. Thanks for the input.

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