Backing Up Your Computer

This is the time of year when most people have already given up on that New Year’s resolution they made way back on the 1st. (If they still remember it!)  But there is one item that should be on every computer user’s list, every year: Backing up your hard drive!!!

One of the things I love about my iMac is that there is a great backup system built in, Time Machine.   But the problem is I have my backup in the same location as my computer.  What if the unthinkable happened and your house burned down or someone broke in and stole ALL of your computer equipment?  Could you really begin to replace everything on your hard drive?

Unless you are really good at remembering to bring a copy of your backup to a different location, there is a relatively new solution to this issue: backing up your hard drive online.  PC Magazine has an article “The Best Online Backup Services” which includes links to different sites that offer this service, usually for only a small fee.  I personally have only heard of one of the sites, Mozy, which I learned about from a genealogy podcast I tune into.  I signed up for the free 2 MB space and downloaded the software to see how it worked with my computer.  Next step, sign up to back up my important documents and pictures!

If you are using an online backup service, leave a comment below to let everyone know if you would recommend that site.

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Beth is a Librarian at the Gaines Township branch of KDL. She really loves reading, especially all the wonderful teen books, but also enjoys genealogy and crafts!

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One Response to “Backing Up Your Computer”

  1. Jason B. Says:

    I just put Carbonite on my girlfriend’s laptop. I thought it would slow the thing down, but so far so good. There’s a good review of Carbonite and a discount at