Anyway here I am back again with my thoughts about backing up my precious bits and pieces. I run 1 EHD but now, with time to think clearly, I know it is time to proactively do something more. I have, since January, been considering on line storage options. Very nervously I must say but the thoughts have been floating around in my head and the occasional an on line search. I was nervous because I was not sure how reliable these companies would be and even if they would exist when I really needed them.
So then the I lost some photos due to a small EHD failure and now I know I need to do something quickly. Luckily I still have those photos backed up on CD....yes I know they were my original back ups which I did when I got my first digital camera over 9 years ago. I used a Nero programme and I have yet to work out how to unpack then but they are still there.
So what I have decided is
- Firstly I should back up everything in onto an EHD. The one I have has a whole lot of digital scrapbooking stuff but my photos and things sit on my computer. (I say this very embarrassingly). So tomorrow I am off to get a new EHD to back up the photos and other documents that I need stored.
- On line storage. I have narrowed the list of possibles down to 3 companies. Mozy, Backblaze and CrashPlan. The things that I have been considering as important for my families storage needs are; scheduled backup updates, access to the items stored, and ease of use.
- I have some CDs still but choose not to continue down this line as they CD do fail.
(source is here ...an article about using Gmail for storage)