Wednesday, July 27, 2011

How to revolutionize the way you backup your data

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I always struggled with backups. I manually used to copy my data all over the place, and the only automated backup technique I implemented on a Mac was Time


Machine. But that had positives (was natvely built in and supported by the OS and more importantly, when doing a bare-metal restore), and negatives (I didn't always trust it, it requires more disk space than what you're backup up and it is physically next to your device; a fire would take both out).


And of course, it isn't cross-platform. Not an issue in my household, but it might be in yours.



I have "talked" about Dropbox before, but its too expensive when you're planning to backup 500GB or so of data (yes, my pics and music is that big). I always struggled with what to use, and then came across two excellent services; Mozy.Com and CrashPlan. I ended up using CrashPlan primarily because

  1. it supports machine to machine backups (you don't need to buy the cloud service)
  2. its cheaper when you have multiple systems


I've got it seutp and am banging away at cloud and machine-to-machine backups. Lets see how it goes! But so far, very impressed with the tech and the concept.