Any Operating System Upgrade Carries the Risk of Catastrophic Data Loss
BOSTON — November 20, 2009 — Carbonite®, a leader in online backup, announces the availability of Carbonite 3.7.6, which supports the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system (OS).
Carbonite 3.7.6 offers two main benefits for consumers upgrading to Windows 7:
- Protection of users' valuable files in case of hard drive corruption during an upgrade.
- A reliable file migration system for moving files from Windows Vista or XP to Windows 7.
Carbonite 3.7.6 allows customers to back up their photos, music, documents and other valuable files using an encrypted system and secure servers. Once the Windows 7 installation is complete, users simply recover and restore files using the Carbonite Restore Wizard.
Carbonite CEO and co-founder David Friend said, "For consumers who are going to invest in a major operating system upgrade, it makes a lot of sense to put in the minimal incremental effort needed to back up all their files with Carbonite in case something goes wrong with the upgrade."
To prepare data for an OS upgrade, Carbonite recommends a five-step process.
- Plan ahead. Before installing the new OS, establish an appropriate plan to back up and secure data. Include timing, arrangements, process considerations and reinstallation of data.
- List your inventory. Start with the important documents you don't want to lose. Then list the photos, music, financial records and other important files.
- Allow adequate time. The more data you have to back up, the more time it will take. Don't rush it.
- Have a backup plan for the backup plan. Before you start to back up your files, use a comprehensive approach that includes a combination of online backup, external hard drives, DVD disks or other methods.
- Test it. Before you go ahead with the OS migration, test your backup. Do a complete trial including backing up a variety of file types and retrieving them.
Carbonite 3.7.6 is available to new and current Carbonite customers. Current customers who want to run Windows 7 should reinstall Carbonite to upgrade to version 3.7.6. For new customers, a free 15-day trial of Carbonite is available at www.carbonite.com.
The Carbonite industry-first offer of unlimited online backup service for a flat, low price revolutionized the market for consumer and small business backup services. Since 2006, the company has backed up more than 25 billion files and has restored more than 2 billion lost files for its customers. Carbonite backs up more than 100 million files every day to high-redundancy storage servers in its Boston and Somerville, Mass. server centers. There are Carbonite users in more than 120 countries.
The Carbonite mission is to provide an affordable, reliable, secure and easy-to-use backup solution for the mainstream computer user. Carbonite is available on both Windows and Mac. Carbonite is available directly at www.carbonite.com, and through international distributors. For more information, please visit www.carbonite.com.