In an earlier post titled, Which files should you back up, I discussed various ways I back up my critical computer files. I admit that I’m somewhat anal in doing this. My data is my business, my life. My training and speaking business takes me all over America, and I don’t want to lose that.
If you lost all the data on your computer today, could you recover quickly, painlessly? I could.
I’m fully satisfied with Carbonite, an online storage vault. This technology monitors my computer’s hard drive and backs up the new stuff in the background as I work.
I especially like it that Carbonite keeps my files organized the way I have them on my computer (this is a biggie for me because I’m very meticulous about how I save my files). I’d been frustrated with other services because I didn’t want my files scattered. I have a very logical filing system that enables me to find files the instant I need them. (I don’t need desktop search because I know where everything is.)
(Update 1/9/08: I’m using Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month’>Mozy.com to back up my Membership Website. This is a huge Website with 1-2 minute movies of my computer tips and tricks. I had to move my source files to my external hard drive and (at this writing) Carbonite does not back up external drives. Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month’>Mozy does.)
(Update 5/26/08: My laptop crashed and I was able to get my files. But getting the files downloaded to a borrowed laptop didn’t run as smoothly as it should have. I was frustrated when I realized that Carbonite’s tech support is 9AM-5PM weekdays only. I’m moving all of my backups to MozyPro who has 24/7/365 support. I’ll consider keeping the files with Carbonite as a secondary backup.)
Simplify your life, and make data recovery one less thing you have to worry about. If you don’t think you have time to deal with this now, how will you find time to recover later?
P.S. Learn how to organize your files in my booklet, Get Organized At Work and Make It Easy. A link to Word templates that I created that will make this easy and also a File Index to get you started are inside.