My driving record is pretty clean, but not my hard drive record.
We have experienced the loss of more than one hard drive. When our backup hard drive died unexpectedly right after my computer died unexpectedly – do you ever expect these things? – we lost nearly all of our digital photos except what was on the blog or Dropshots.
I think Smockity lost a hard drive very recently, though I can’t find her post about it.
Most of our friends have at some point. We just talked to friends on Sunday about loaning them a hard drive enclosure in the hope that they can retrieve some of their data from a recent crash.
I just moved a prehistoric tower for other friends last week because it crashed years ago in a previous move and they’re still hoping to retrieve the data someday, somehow.
We’ve been planning to use Carbonite to back up our computers for a long, long time, and hubby will be happy to know I just signed up for a free 15 day trial. When the trial is over and we pay for a year (because we already know we need it), we’ll get 2 extra months free.
After a quick and easy setup (just a few clicks), backup is completely automatic and runs in the background. I already put important stuff in our free Dropbox where it is backed up online and on all our other computers, but with Carbonite I’ll never have to remember anything as long as I’m working on the main computer. Even procrastination can’t come between me and my hard drive.
The price is $59/year for a single computer, which works out to less than $5/month. We own several computers, but most of our valuable files (read: photos and music) end up on the same one already, so we’ll just be self-conscious about storing the good stuff there from now on. Easy peasy!
The link above is a sponsored link, and I’m hoping for a kickback if you sign up with Carbonite. All opinions in this post are mine, except when I said hubby will be happy about joining Carbonite. That part is his opinion, obviously.