protecting my data

I have always taken care to back up the data on my desktop PC. At one point I had a third-party product which I really liked to back up my data to an external drive. But it just stopped working one day. So I moved to the built-in backup on Windows 7. That worked well. It kept working even when I moved to Windows 10. Until it stopped working. I decided to use the Windows 10 built-in backup. That worked nicely, and I liked the fact it backed up files throughout the day rather than in one session in the evening.

There was only one problem. The Windows 10 backup doesn’t tell you when it stops working. I checked on my backups in early December and discovered that it hadn’t done a backup since mid-November. What? That doesn’t work.

CarboniteMy intent was to find a third-party product I could use to back up to my external drive, simply to avoid paying yet another subscription fee. When I posed the question to my editorial freelancer’s email group, a member pointed out that it was a good idea to have offsite backup in the case of natural disasters. He noted that his parents had lost everything in the Santa Rosa fires. As this response came just as fires were raging across Southern California the point was not lost on me. He recommended the Carbonite service and others seconded his recommendation.

I checked out Carbonite. It’s $60 a year for unlimited storage when you have a single computer. I went for it. I found it easy to use and as far as I can tell it seems to be solid and reliable.

It gives me a level of comfort to know that my data is safe and recoverable.



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