Being a well-known technology guru is no
guarantee that you're not going to get slammed with the same PC
catastrophes that affect the rest of us. cNet's Don Reisinger learned this lesson
after doing a demo on how to take apart your iMac and replace the hard
drive. Long story short, after spending a significant amount of time
and money, he ended up losing most of his files. Here's Don's
conclusion for his readers: "I screwed up and it cost me money. Don't
let this happen to you. Make sure you back up your files."
consider myself to be pretty technically savvy, but a very similar
thing happened to me back in 2005. In fact, it was a major factor in
the decision to start Carbonite. Like most people, I had an external
hard drive and every so often I would back up my PC to the hard drive.
The problem, if you're like me, is that you do this religiously for a
while, and then the backups get less and less frequent. I travelled a
lot back then, and I didn't want to drag the hard drive on the road
with me because I didn't want to lose it. When I was home, I was too
tired or distracted to connect the hard drive and run a backup. When my
hard drive finally crashed, I discovered that it had been three months
since my last backup. Worse, I discovered that all the new folders that
I had created since originally setting up the backup had not been added
to the backup. So I lost nearly everything of value.
I find online backup so compelling (I truly love it) is that it works
ANYWHERE you connect to the Internet. So if I am sitting at Starbucks
in the Dallas airport, Carbonite is backing up my work. And I don't
know how many people are aware of this, but Carbonite was the first
company to offer unlimited backup for a fixed price. The reason we went
this route is so that the user wouldn't have to know where their files
were stored to add them to their backup. The backup just happens
Ed Baig of USA Today
recently wrote about how his own personal data loss as part of a larger
column on passengers whose laptops were destroyed in the US Airways
Flight 1549 emergency landing in the Hudson River. While Ed's data loss
wasn't as dramatic of those onboard flight 1549, he luckily was using
Carbonite and was easily able to restore his files. Carbonite's restore
process is fast — even over a residential DSL, you can get 20-30GBs
downloaded in less than a day. Because Ed was using Carbonite, his
files were available right away. No waiting to have DVDs shipped in the
mail or other similar kluges.
Has Carbonite saved your bacon,
personally or professionally? Let me know your story via e-mail at
David (dot) Friend (at) carbonite.com or in the comments.