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Lost/found external drive and backups

I need to spool my Christmas footage off of the camera and on to my mac, but I need my external drive. After searching for it, I finally found it where I left it several months ago. That's not the way to do backups.

So, I decided to look at the online backup options and I'm pleasantly surprised. For home use there are two popular options that are inexpensive. Carbonite and Mozy are the two big ones. One major con right off the bat is that they don't support Mac--only Windows. 99% of my data is on my Windows box, so no problem there. Both companies are working on other platforms. Both offer unlimited backups for about $5/month! Mozy will even give you 2GB to backup for free. I'm impressed that both are intelligent enough to NOT backup system files and applications by default as that is mostly useless.

I went with Mozy based on several recommendations from several sites as it's a little more oriented towards power users while Carbonite is more for people who just say, "Make it go". So, Mozy is busy working on the initial backup of my system. This definitely gives me some peace of mind and I don't have to think about doing backups now.



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Dec. 28th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
It'll be interesting to see what Time Machine can do in more detail...I guess next week at Macworld?
Dec. 28th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, never heard of the Time Machine yet. Looks pretty slick and something that is long overdue with any OS.

However, one reason I was looking at online backups was to get a copy of my data offsite in case of a disaster. It's also nice that I can go through Mozy's website and retrieve files.
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