Backing up Your PC or Mac – The Easy Way!

As you know, there are two types of people in the world:  those that backup and those that wish they had.

But who has time to backup?  Well, the easiest way to backup I’ve found is with mozy.com.  They will backup 2G for free.  And they will keep it backed up.  Constantly.  All you have to do is signup and install a small program on your PC or Mac. Then the really, really good news:  you can forget about it.  Mozy takes care of everything for you.

You might be wondering:

  • Is 2G is enough?
  • How much is 2G anyway?
  • Why are we talking about phone networks?

All fair questions.  2G refers to how much space in your computer that mozy is willing to back up for you. Disk drives these days measure the amount of data they can store in 100’s of G’s (typically between 500G and 1000G, or 1T if you want to be fancy). Given that bit of news, you might be thinking that 2G isn’t very much.  True.  But with mozy you can define what folders really matter to you and what kinds of files matter.  Once you’ve done that, you might find that 2G is plenty.  If it isn’t, they have very reasonable plans for more space.

There is one catch.  Mozy (and any online backup solution) does tend to slow down your computer a little bit. But in most cases, the trade-off is well worth it.  If you must have every ounce of performance from your PC, you might look into a Windows Home Server.  This is a bit more complicated to setup than mozy, but it will keep your PC running quickly while at the same time keeping it backed up.

What are you waiting for?  Get your PC backed up now!

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4 Responses to Backing up Your PC or Mac – The Easy Way!

  1. Kimberly says:

    I am lame at all this. OK, it’s out in the open. I thought we were supposed to back up to an external hard drive, which kind of sounds simpler to me though certainly not free. How the heck am I supposed to know which “folder and files” are really important in a back up? I thought it was all important?! What about security “out there”?

    BTW, there’s at least one more category of people in the world: “those who know they should back up and plan to do so…soon!”

    Thanks for your reply!

    • Roger Lipp says:

      There are three main problems with backing up to an external hard drive.

    • First and foremost… remembering to do the backup.
    • Second, copying files to an external hard drive, doesn’t allow you to recover files versions from a particular point in time (for example, restoring a document back to how it looked a week ago). There are ways to accomplish this with an external hard drive, but it would require using some backup software.
    • Third, you should think about the “what happens if the house catches on fire” scenario. Having some part of your backup strategy to include “offsite” storage is a good thing.
    • As far as which folder to backup, I suggest (and mozy defaults to) the “My Documents” folder. Of course, that presumes that that is the folder where you store your important documents. You can also throw a relatively small amount of money at mozy and they will do all your files.

      As far as security goes… mozy has you covered. Your data is encrypted before it is transmitted. It’s a good strategy.

      And finally, I gotta say, that your proposed new category of people really boils down to “those that *will* wish they had”! :-)