Back up your computer now!


With both of my computers now slowing down, I started to panic a bit today as I hadn’t been backing up my drives lately!  Actually, I don’t even remember ever backing them up.  While researching different things that are going wrong with the pc and laptop, I came across an article on Lifehacker about online backup services.   I’ve been contemplating buying an external hard drive for some time as this seems to be a cheaper alternative but other ‘more important’ stuff always gets in the way and this gets put on the back burner.  I’ve also been thinking about online backup as that seems more secure than an external hard drive.  One of the major drawbacks I find with the external hard  drive is that it can also fail or get stolen and you could lose your important information.


Online data backup on the other hand seems to be more reliable as you can access it from anywhere, and can easily share your data / information with others.  Although I find it difficult to trust another company keeping my data!  We spend so much time thinking about privacy and protecting it, and then trust someone else’s computer to keep our life’s information… something I am not comfortable doing!  How about you?


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10 Responses to “ Back up your computer now! ”

  1. Yea, I just backed up my computer yesterday.An external hard drive is really a necessity if you don’t have a machine with a large amount of memory. Its really amazing how the cost of memory has come down in the last several years.

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  2. Sounds like a good idea, although I have a total back up on the file server at work and it is taped too. One can never bee to sure.

    Btw: Sorry I haven’t been around for a while – fall is a busy season.

    Wishing you a great end to your week :-)

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  3. @Adam: do you have a recommendation for external drive? I have an old maxtor but haven’t used it in a long time so am not sure if it still works.

    @Renny: thanks for swinging by Renny.. I’ll be visiting your blog soon too. Oh, I wish I could have all this taken care at my work but Im not allowed to! :)

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  4. I have a FreeAgent 750 Gig…it’s fine.

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  5. Do you know I’m really bad at backing up my computer, this has given me a gentle reminder, thanks.
    I tried to decide what I would miss most if all my stuff disappeared, and I think it would be all my pictures and photos. At least the old fahioned way of sticking them in an album or scrap book was relatively safe.

  6. An external hard drive is all you need, Judith. It’s somewhat more expensive than a internal one, but it’s worth it. Of course, it’s not convenient if you want to use it for everyday tasks, but it’s perfect for keeping valuable data.

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  7. External hard drives would be fairly cheap on the long expected “Black Friday”. a 1 TB HD will be $169 at Dell. you should check it out.

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  8. You know mine have been slowing down recently too. I’ve been meaning to backup/update/reformat for quite a few weeks now. Thanks for the post and the reminder. I’m a big fan of Apple’s new Time Machine. It’s beautiful and simple. I just wish it had a bit more options on it as an external HD.

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  9. Backing up is critical, and I’ve always used and external hard drive, but I’m now at the point where I’d rather use an online service – part of the cloud computing paradigm – where all the data is remote, but accessible from anywhere.

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