Tech Talk: Online Backups
This week’s featured post series is about technology that Hoboken residents may be using or in the planning stages. Share tips and tricks with each other to make an informed decision… so what is on tap for today?
Online Backups – getting mainstream!
With hard drives getting bigger, faster and cheaper – along with the speed of our internet connections – managing the massive pile of files you’ve (legally) downloaded is no easy task.
What do you do if your computer crashes or gets destroyed in some fashion? Are you prepared in case disaster strikes?
In the past, backing up to CD, DVD or external hard drives might have been your best and only option – but thanks to the high-speed internet we all (hopefully) have – your options just got better.
Carbonite, Mozy and BackBlaze
It got a bit confusing to me, after reading all the pros and cons, new players and more – until I stumbled upon BackBlaze.
BackBlaze is similar to Carbonite and Mozy except that they offer automatic backups of your external drives as well. The interface is simple, and you can choose how much bandwidth to give the program as it backs up the files – and even when it backs up. $5 a month – or two cups of coffee – is so worth it!
And what really impressed me with the BackBlaze corporation was – that they were so proud of their inexpensive storage solution, that they shared the technology with the world. Call it “open source” if you must. Incredible how much cheaper you can create your own storage, compared with the over-priced giants like EMC.
You still need to be cautious!
No matter what online backup solution you choose – you still need to exercise caution when dealing with your data. In my case, BackBlaze only backs up your data files – not your programs, not your operating system! So your treasured videos, songs and pictures may be safe – but not the rest of your system!
You may want to use a separate program (like Norton Ghost) to create an image file of your hard drive (or something that comes with your OS, like the Windows 7 backup – which is pretty good!) – and keep that backup somewhere safe as well.
You never know how much you take your computer for granted – until it breaks down.
Do you use an online backup? If so, which one? Why?