There are several online services available for backing up your research and family information. The two that I am most aware of are Mozy, and Carbonite. From the information that I have read, both seem to be are very good. Dick Eastman has written several articles about Mozy, and I believe that is the program he uses. A few people I know have Carbonite and they all seem happy with their service, me included. You can google either for more information.
I have also used flash drives as backups and copies to CD's. As I have said before, I still haven't needed any of my backups, but you never know when that may change!
My newest back up now is the portable hard drive I received for Christmas. Yes, that was one of my Christmas gifts I asked for. As you all know, I am not a technology geek and learn what I do mostly by trial and error. For once, I received something that was actually easy to use.
I plugged it in to the laptop, and plugged the other end into the socket. Before I knew it I was actually doing a backup of my laptop! There were several things that didn't backup, but from what I can tell from the report, none of it is anything I am worried about, although I don't know why it didn't back up. So far I am very pleased with this new source of backing up my research!
Now I am wondering how long portable hard drives last? And, could this replace having an online service? Maybe I should keep both? If you have any thoughts on this I would love to hear them!
I was hoping a portable hard drive would eliminate paying for an online service, which really doesn't cost much and is well worth the money, but now I wonder, do I need both?
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