This post seems so obvious and for that I apologize, but I often hear people say things like “I really need to backup my computer some day soon.” Are you one of those folks who has you been procrastinating implementing a backup solution? Are you telling yourself you’ll get organized first?
If getting your pictures organized and backing up your computer was a New Year’s Resolution, I’m here to tell you it’s July and you need to get on it! If nothing else, just get backed up.
As a photo organizer, I can appreciate your desire to be organized, and I know you want to rid yourself of all the duplicates, but it important to take this first step. If you are not backing up your digital photo collection, they are at higher risk of loss than your printed photos. It can all happen in the blink of an eye. Not something you really want to think about but hard drives fail, computers and phones are stolen, and ransomeware and viruses can infiltrate your computer. Many procrastinate because it can be overwhelming to find the right solution. The options can be daunting out there on The Internet of Things.
When it comes to backing up computers, I’ve frequently recommended Carbonite as well as a few other companies to clients and friends. Carbonite is the one that I have continued to come back to most often. I’ve found it to be one of the simplest and most straightforward options, and you can set it and forget it (mostly). It’s what they do, and they have been around since 2005. They even have live humans that will answer the phone! I’ve been with another vendor for many years but have recently had the opportunity to reevaluate my own options. Along with performance, the option to back up an external hard drive, I can save hundreds of dollars a year using Carbonite over my old solution. I currently backup about 665 GB of data! No matter who you chose, backing up 665GB is not a fast feat. It will be days of it running in the background. That is partially why I’ve personally waited so long to make the switch. I’ve chosen them as part of my personal backup solution as well as to officially partner with them as a solution that I can implement with my clients. No matter what backup solution you choose, it will adjust to any future de-duping and organization. So you can always get back to that after getting backed up. In the event you never really get to the organizing part of your resolution, at least your photos and videos are protected.
“So what does it cost to back up my computer,” you ask? For just under $150 a year, you can backup your computer and external hard drive and have a hard drive shipped to your home in the event of a computer calamity. There are also plans as lows as $60 a month. So the real question should be what is your piece of mind worth?
If you have questions about what might be the best plan for your scenario, all you need to do is ask. As an official Carbonite partner, I do receive payment for those that purchase through my link; however, I will help you implement a solution no matter who you choose. It doesn’t have to be Carbonite, just do it! It’s important.