I remember the first time I got digital pictures – it was when my daughter was born in 1999. I had my film developed at Wal-Mart and then scanned the pictures into my computer. Within hours of my daughter’s arrival, my entire family throughout the world was able to see pictures of our beautiful baby girl! The technology!!!
Then I received a digital camera for Christmas from my twin brother. I think it was a 0.5 MP camera. Then I got another, better, digital camera. Then another. Then my phone had a digital camera. Then my daughter got a digital camera.
All of this added up to THOUSANDS of priceless photos on my computer. Not to mention all of our other important documents we’ve stored on the computer.
When a buddy recently LOST all of his files – all of his pictures, movies, iTunes music, and more – I determined to do something about it.
I had heard talk radio show hosts mentioning Carbonite.com as a way to automatically back up files. I decided to check it out in August. They have a FREE TRIAL that allowed me to sign up and try it out without even giving them my credit card info.
Bottom line is: I LOVE IT! So much so that I have put it on my home computer and work computer. My team has put it on their computers. In fact, one team member recently got a virus and had to wipe the hard drive clean – then they just used their Carbonite backup to get up and running again!
Here are some things I have noticed:
- It WILL slow your computer down a little when it is backing files up, but all I have to do is click “pause” and it will wait until a later time to back-up.
- I can easily see which files are backed up and which ones aren’t simply by checking my “file explorer” – files that are backed up have a small solid green dot – those that aren’t have an orange dot.
- When I signed up my one computer for the free trial and then paid for the service to continue, I received a 50% off offer for it to be installed on a 2nd computer – I used this for my home computer.
- It takes some time for the first back-up. It took Carbonite about a week to fully back up all of my files the first time. Now it does it in minutes.
- The cost is worth it to me. It costs around $55/year. If I lost those files, the cost is much MUCH greater! I actually group this cost in with “insurance” – as it is insuring my data and pictures against loss!
You can check it out HERE.