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2 Backup Solutions Save Your Soul in 2008

Posted by Charles | January 4, 2008 .

Good start is essential for a new year. That’s why before we diving back to the wonderful RIA world, let’s get everything well prepared first. This time is backup.

Have you ever lost data from a crashed hard drive. Yap, virtually I saw all hands up. Here is what I did for backup right after vacation. I have the combination of local and online backup. I know it’s over dose a bit, but in the digital age, lost your data is like lost your soul. You don’t want that , do you?

Online Backup

image 2 Backup Solutions Save Your Soul in 2008 I’ve got FiOS at home with 2MB up stream speed and about 6MB at work. Therefore, online back is very viable for me. The service I’m using is from Mozy, a backup startup. Remind you that this is for backup not file storage like box.net. You’ve got install a piece of software to automate the backup for you.

Signing up the service is easy, just like the other web 2.0 sites. Once you confirmed the email and installed the software you can start backing up 2GB of your soul for free. You will got another GB if you end up referring 4 people (so please sign up by click the above link:-) ). For about $5/mo you can get unlimited backup, though. Also everything is encrypted so that I don’t need worry about people at other side picking my soul. Again this is not for moving files around so they limit how many times you can do restore operations (5 I think) per month. You are really screwed if you need use them all.

There are other alternatives though. One is SOS Online Backup. It can do continue backup. But I just don’t like the site. The UI and the information are just not as good as mozy. See, look sales.

Well, mozy is a startup in beta and nothing is 100%. So, I need a backup of backup to be double secure.

Local Backup

image 2 Backup Solutions Save Your Soul in 2008 I have a 500GB external HD where I’ll store the backup. Local backup is easy, drag and drop will do. However, the purpose of using computer is for moving our body parts as less as possible. That’s why I got NTI Shadow. It costs $29 now but I got it before New Year at 99c. The features list is very long so you go read by yourself. In a nut shell, it’ll handle all the backup in the “continuous” way. There is no scheduling (you could if insist). Once you setup what files you want to be backed up. Every time you save a file, it’ll got backed up to the place you configured. In my case, the external HD.

With these two, I think I’m all set for the year. It took about a day to get all the initial backup done. The sense of relief and secure after the backup is worth all the efforts. I’m saved.

How about you, how do you do backup? Any better ways?

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