I had half-heartedly tried to start backing up with a non-portable external hard drive (EHD), but I never seemed to use my laptop at a non-portable location. Then, after a string of friends experienced hard drive failures, I knew it was time. I needed a realiable backup solution.
There are quite a few options for offsite/online backup, with Carbonite and Mozy (affiliate link) being some of the most popular. Within the digital scrapbooking and mom-photography communities, I noticed that Mozy had gained quite a following. It wasn’t difficult to figure out why – Mozy also backs up EHDs.
My hard drive is quite small – only 80GB – so I count on my 320GB Western Digital Passport (affiliate link) to bear the brunt of my digital photos and digital scrapbook supplies. Their security surmounts even my hard drive.
Once the decision was made, I gave a friend some affiliate juice, just like you can with any of the Mozy links here in this post. (They have a fantastic affiliate referral program!) I downloaded the client and set to getting backed up.
The initial backup took 5 days. During that time, my internet disconnected a couple of times, but the backup resumed with no problem. Mozy now backs up routinely and I do indeed, sleep better at night for it!
Fortunately, I’ve not yet needed to recover my data, but the process seems very straightforward. Just don’t forget – this is backup – not storage. If you delete an item on your machine, it will be deleted from your backup!
Do any of you use a backup service? Is it Mozy?