March 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm
by Christina Tynan-Wood
Tomorrow (March 31) is World Backup Day. I know that sounds like as much fun as World Toilet Cleaning Day. But, for those of you who are operating without a good backup system, I’d like to also point out that Sunday is April Fools’ Day. So maybe, to avoid feeling like a fool later, you should forgo the toilet cleaning tomorrow and spend twenty minutes instead making sure that if your hard drive suddenly refuses to start up, your teen drops your laptop in the bathtub, or some other unforeseen horror befalls your gear, you will not lose all your photos, phone numbers, financial data, and whatever ever else you have stored on that thing.
You can read up on everything you need to know about backing up in Easy Ways to Back Up Data (written by my very own Dear Husband (DH) Dan Tynan), There is also lots of information at the World Backup Day Web site. Or, if you are too lazy…er busy…for that much research, just choose one (or all) of the three online backup services below and get on with it. There are plenty of other choices out there. But you can always change your mind later. Unless you lose everything you were going to back up before you get around to it, that is. Sill need motivation? Go straight to the Tale of Woe parable in Dan’s story and see how much NOT backing up can cost.
Set it up once by telling it what folders to back up and it watches and copies everything you do to your online account. Free account includes 5GB. If you have a lot of photos or video, though, you’ll probably want more storage. A 30GB account is $4.99 a month. Once your files are online, you can access them from any computer or a phone with your password, so this is also convenient if you work on more than one computer.
Again this is set-if-and-forget it backup. Mozy also offers a “Stash” service that syncs your files between two computers. So if you work on something in the office and want to go home and work on it some more, it’s got you covered. You get 2Gb of storage in the Mozy Free account. A 50GB plan is $5.99 a month.
Backs up online and to a local destination (such as an external drive) that you tell it so you can get your data even if you can’t get online. Plan start at $1.50 a month for 10 GB of storage for one computer.