Backup your data!

The first time a computer crashed on me, it was devastating. I was a sophomore in college and had just finished my final papers for the semester, but I also had hundreds of photos, all of my music, and a nearly complete novel. When my laptop was stolen a year later, the loss was expensive, but less dramatic – I had all of my “personal” files saved to a hard drive, and my term papers were stored on the university server. When my desktop mysteriously deleted my files a few months ago, it was no big deal; all my personal files were on the external hard drive and everything else was on Dropbox.

If it hasn’t already, your computer will crash at some point. Here are a few backup options (if you use something else, please share!):

  • External hard drive
  • Mozy (automatically synchs your files to an online server)
  • Dropbox (stores your files online and allows you to share with other users)
  • Time Capsule (automatic wireless backup for Mac)
  • Create a SmartSite (allows you to share with others, but limited space)
Frequently backup your data so you don’t feel like this guy!


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2 thoughts on “Backup your data!


    (February 16, 2012 - 1:42 am)

    Do they provide continuous backup protection?


    (February 16, 2012 - 9:14 am)

    You set how frequently Mozy performs the automatic backup, but the others require manual action. How does SOS work?

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