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The Importance of Backing Up

*click*

*click*

*click*

I looked curiously around the kitchen trying to locate the source of the sound.

I looked at the faucet to see if it was dripping.

*click*

*click*

I looked around to see if the dog had something he wasn’t supposed to.

*click*

*click*

*click*

I followed the sound, and as I got closer I realized that odd clicking sound was coming from my MacBook Pro.

This realization hit about 30 seconds before the screen flashed, turned grey, and then a folder with a question mark appeared in the center of the screen.

My head went into my hands, and then it hit my knees.

I couldn’t even process what had just happened.

Without a word my husband slid the laptop away from me, wrapped the charging cable around it and took it to “The G-squad”.

“Dead hard drive… irreparable… No recovery…Has to be replaced…No recovery…No recovery….No recovery….”

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 image credit Yutako Tsutano on flickr

My heart dropped into my toes at those words.

No Recovery.

3 months since we moved to Katy.

3 months of pictures of the kids.

3 months of memories – gone.

Their first day of school in the new school, their new friends, lazy afternoons, their last days at their old school with their lifelong friends, their last days of Kinder and Third Grade.

GONE.

My heart sunk.

“But you back up every day, so it’s no big deal, right?” – that’s what Nathan asked me.

Prior to moving, I had a back up drive that backed up my laptop wirelessly multiple times a day.

Prior to moving.

Since the move, I haven’t been able to find the cables for my wireless back up drive,and even though the thought has crossed my mind daily – I never did anything about it.

Yes, I am kicking myself mentally over this.  It actually causes me to physically cringe when I think about it.

There was no warning.  No slowing down of the system, No wonkiness, nothing other than a few minutes of a weird clicking noise.

My laptop will be gone for a couple of weeks while it gets a new hard drive, and in that time I’m going to find those blasted cables for my back up drive and on the advice of some of my favorite online people, I’m going to invest in an online offsite backup system, too.

I asked for recommendations, and I got some great ones.  Since I’d hate for anyone else to have to deal with this, I’m sharing their wisdom and recommendations with y’all.

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  • Carbonite Online Backup 1 of 5
    Carbonite Online Backup
    Carbonite is probably the most well known online backup solution. They have plans from about $59 a year. Free Trials available.
  • Mozy 2 of 5
    Mozy
    A Mozy is another option for online data backup starting with plans around $6 a month. Free Trials available.
  • Crash Plan 3 of 5
    Crash Plan
    Crash Plan is new to me, but it appears to be comparable to the others. They offer plans starting at $2 a month and offer a free trial.
  • Dropbox 4 of 5
    DropBox

    I've used Dropbox to share photos and files with friends, family and coworkers, but I never thought of using it as an additional storage option for my photos. Dropbox is free from 2GB to 18GB, and has for purchase plans available.

  • On Site Backup Drive 5 of 5
    On Site Backup Drive
    For the traditionalists who want a physical back up drive. The Apple Time Capsule is the most popular option as it works directly with the built in Time Machine. There are multiple options at any Computer store for both Mac and PC Users alike.

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