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I'm doing this on my mobile phone because my PC is busy downloading a complete back-up from Carbonite due to a hard drive crash. Please back-up. There are several companies you can use to back-up off site. That way if the worse happens, like a fire, you still have your data. It's better to spend a day restoring your data than weeks trying to recreate it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ericparke
    Yup, Everyone should be doing this. What company do you use to back up?
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  • Profile picture of the author lint631
    I use dropbox for all my main files.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I've also started using Dropbox. Also handy when you need to share files with developers or business partners.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ninja Ana
    Same here, Ive been using drop box and I really love its features of creating instant online sharable photo galleries.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve1776
    I use carbonite. They can back-up your OS also.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Solem
    Good points Steve!

    I recently got a 1TB USB 3 drive to backup my mac and pc and feel a bit safer now, but in the worst case of physical water or fire damage to my place I'd be up the creek.

    May have to try out Carbonite though. Dropbox has been just too slow for the few files I've shared with people there, I couldn't imagine backing up 100GB or more with them, but Carbonite's no size limit for a small yearly fee seems more than reasonable.

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve1776
    There are several backup providers on the internet. Google "online backup".
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Hower
      I too use dropbox, but the free version is only 2GB and that is not as much as it sounds.

      I had a bad crash due to the ukash virus last week, which cost me 2 days to recover.

      I have now decided to work from USB sticks, no data on the hard drive except software. Sticks 1-7 for each weekday rotating, and then 4 sticks for each week stored at another place.

      Should there be another virus attack destroying everything I can buy a new computer and be up and running within two hours.
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      • Originally Posted by dtm View Post

        I have now decided to work from USB sticks, no data on the hard drive except software. Sticks 1-7 for each weekday rotating, and then 4 sticks for each week stored at another place.
        Wow, that's a very different approach! Interesting. Even though I can't see myself doing it, always cool to hear other people's way of doing things.

        I should totally get a backup done asap, it's been a while. I used to backup to CD's back in the days, then DVD's. But given the low survival rate of those mediums that's no long term solution. Also by today's standards they just can't take enough data. When switching from IDE disks I decided to back all my important data to those drives, they are now safely stowed away in the basement. Then again I probably won't be able to plug them in anywhere in a few years time.

        Online storage is probably the best solution for now. But is it safe?
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  • Profile picture of the author bizadpros
    Dropbox is the best and easiest way to go. I got the $9.99/month package with 50GB awhile ago, but they recently upgraded the account to 100GB...not bad at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author timmor29
    I use dropbox too, but I never feel 100% secure putting all my faith in one company to store all of my data. What's another good company I can use?

    Either way, I always back everything up on an external just to be safe.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Moreno
    another +1 for dropbox - ive actually started backing up a lot of my sites directly to dropbox now too

    one other thing i would highly recommend and its extremely handy too - is xmarks to backup your bookmarks - its also an essential addon for anyone who uses more than 1 machine as you can sync your bookmarks across all devices even mobile!

    hope that helps someone - losing a few years bookmarks can be detrimental to your business and they are often over looked.

    cheers

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  • Profile picture of the author shoopt
    Hey Steve
    Thanks for the suggestion, we must have backup of our important files.
    I uses Dropbox for the purpose, and it is really a nice service.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by shoopt View Post

      Hey Steve
      Thanks for the suggestion, we must have backup of our important files.
      I uses Dropbox for the purpose, and it is really a nice service.
      Make sure if you are going to signup for Dropbox that you first ask someone else who is already a member to refer you. That way you get an additional 500MB taking your free total to 2.5GB
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      • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
        Originally Posted by WillR View Post

        Make sure if you are going to signup for Dropbox that you first ask someone else who is already a member to refer you. That way you get an additional 500MB taking your free total to 2.5GB
        I believe BOTH people receive the extra 500MB for doing it that way.
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        • Profile picture of the author WillR
          Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

          I believe BOTH people receive the extra 500MB for doing it that way.
          They sure do, correct. So if you want a free 500MB then make sure you use someone's referral link as it's an extra 500MB for nothing.
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        • Profile picture of the author YourBusinessEye
          I use drop box as well and it saved me 2 times from my total total data lost

          I also back up my favorites and use delicious so in case anything happens I am up and running in no time

          I have another back up where I save my files every week in my extranal hard drive

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      • Profile picture of the author shoopt
        Originally Posted by WillR View Post

        Make sure if you are going to signup for Dropbox that you first ask someone else who is already a member to refer you. That way you get an additional 500MB taking your free total to 2.5GB
        I have been using dropbox with reference of my friend and got that 500 MB space for free making my storage to 2.5 GB. Thanks for the suggestion WilR.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlbertGA
    what company is BEST for back up?
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  • Profile picture of the author sandy
    I recently started using SugarSync. Their free storage starts at 5Gig and it is easy to increase it.
    I have files synced between 2 computers and my phone, but I can also share files with a partner and avoid worrying about version numbers on files.
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  • Profile picture of the author rankingconsult
    I think you need to use external disk for backup.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevinclanton
    If you have the ability, or do development i highly recommend putting subversion on another computer on your network. It really is the best method next to time machine or manual back ups to an external drive...
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Z
    Is this an IT forum or a Mobile Marketing Forum?

    LOL

    Just kidding Dropbox is great to sync up all your files and make them accessible anywhere you are !
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  • Profile picture of the author Logicandy
    Try Google Drive
    Gives you up to 10gb for free storage and email sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author mayankgangwal
    Nice idea to promote carbonite but i am already using dropbox.
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  • Profile picture of the author TJ Kazunga
    Dropbox is good but it only stores/shares files. Your software installs of course won't be backed up...
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  • Profile picture of the author SJJPFTW
    My votes are in. Good luck with it mate.
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  • Profile picture of the author AF54
    A great idea, thanks for the reminder. Contantly tell myself need to back up all the files before some virus hit the hard drive and keep on postponing. I guess it's too late when that happens so we all have to remember to back our data. thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Larry Young
    I use Drop box and i find it good to back up.
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  • Profile picture of the author atSad141
    Originally Posted by Steve1776 View Post

    I'm doing this on my mobile phone because my PC is busy downloading a complete back-up from Carbonite due to a hard drive crash. Please back-up. There are several companies you can use to back-up off site. That way if the worse happens, like a fire, you still have your data. It's better to spend a day restoring your data than weeks trying to recreate it.
    privacy is also a matter.
    back it up with optical storage.... no one can access it
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  • Profile picture of the author Gangig
    Drop box is very handy not only for backup purposes but also transferring large files is much easier
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