Inevitably, it happens to all of us – we spill water all over our laptop, the cat pushes it off the desk, a virus eats away the memory. Sooner or later, your computer will have a meltdown. My first computer meltdown happened in 2004. I lost all my music and photographs, which was so sad. Did I learn my lesson? No. I kept plodding along, hoping that my computer wouldn’t fry again.
Last month, I was g-chatting with my Dad when he said, “If you hadn’t backed up your computer, now would be a good time to do it.” I took one look at my desktop and knew he was right – in addition to the personal things on my computer, I had my entire Operation Beautiful book just waiting to be eaten by a virus.
Carbonite installs a small software program on your computer that works quietly in the background looking for new and changed files to back up. A green dot appears next to each file as it is backed up. Orange dots mean the Carbonite system is going to back it up ASAP.
Carbonite is a little pricey – $55 a year – but I installed it and THAT WAS IT. It automatically backs up my computer (and stores it online so I can access my data from anywhere). Peace of mind is totally worth $55 to me.
I’ve been using Carbonite for 3 weeks, and I HIGHLY recommend it.
Do you back up your computer? How? Got a great computer meltdown story to share? Maybe your woes will motivate someone else to back up their data!