I NEED HELP BACKING UP FILES ONLINE!

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    Feb 06, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    A few days ago my MacBook died on me . I didn't back up my data, and unfortunately, I wasn't able to retrieve everything from the hard drive of my old computer.

    Now that I have a new computer--a MacBook Pro!--I want to be more diligent. I want to back up all of my music (90+ GB), photos, Word documents, etc. But I want to back up everything online.

    What online back-up services would you recommend? I've checked out www.mozy.com, but I've read mixed reviews about the service.

    Thanks.

    BMG
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    Feb 06, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    Try this one

    http://online-storage-service-review.toptenreviews.com/

    and a video...........

    http://online-storage-service-review.toptenreviews.com/online-storage-services-c162-video-1.html
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    Feb 06, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    whoever99 saidTry this one

    http://online-storage-service-review.toptenreviews.com/


    Thanks.

    Which do you use? How do you like it?
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    Feb 06, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    I just use TimeMachine on the mac with a $60 500GB external drive. Doing the job so far...
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    Feb 06, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
    Get an external hardrive. You never know how truly secure you data will be in the net.
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    Feb 06, 2011 4:46 PM GMT
    I'd actually recommend an external harddrive over online storage. They're a one off payment and can be very big, my current one is 1 TB and holds all my music, films, tv and work.
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    Feb 06, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    seanp7 saidI just use TimeMachine on the mac with a $60 500GB external drive. Doing the job so far...


    I considered that. But what about carrying it around? What if something happens to it?
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    Feb 06, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    Sparks saidI'd actually recommend an external harddrive over online storage. They're a one off payment and can be very big, my current one is 1 TB and holds all my music, films, tv and work.


    A 1 TB is pretty big. I don't think I'll ever use that much.

    What brand/model did you buy? What type of computer do you have?
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    Feb 06, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    BlkMuscleGent said
    Sparks saidI'd actually recommend an external harddrive over online storage. They're a one off payment and can be very big, my current one is 1 TB and holds all my music, films, tv and work.


    A 1 TB is pretty big. I don't think I'll ever use that much.

    What brand/model did you buy? What type of computer do you have?


    It's a Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive.

    It works very well with my PC, but in the description it says it can be reformatted to be mac compatible. As for moving it from place to place, it does require a plug socket, but this isn't an issue for me as I own a desktop.
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    Feb 06, 2011 5:18 PM GMT
    I have a Seagate 500GB. It's small to carry around so I don't mind....my Western Digital died completely so I am avoiding them.

    It says 'for PC' but it works on a mac too.
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    Feb 06, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    I bought an inexpensive 2 Tb hard drive and plugged it into the airport router, in the utility closet. (RAID would be better, but that's the next upgrade.) All of the other computers automatically back up to it through time machine. This ended up really slowing down the wireless network, so I put everything except the laptop and iPad back onto ethernet.

    I don't have to do anything. It just backs up. It sure is nice being able to look up yesterday's or two-hours-ago versions of a document.

    My business files are off-site backed up with the iDisk volume that comes with the .me account. But it basically only mirrors the "documents" folder for one computer. It doesn't do a whole hard-drive.
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    Feb 06, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
    90GB is way too much to store online. Most online backup services charge a steep fee for that much data. I agree with everyone else, just get an external hard drive. Also, I would recommend backing up your data to DVD once in a while, because hard drives do fail eventually.

    Currently, 1TB external drives are selling for less than $90. Check Amazon.com or newegg.com.
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    Feb 06, 2011 6:31 PM GMT
    The time machine set up is cool if you are in one location most of the time when you want to back up. You will have no protection while you are out travelling.

    If you want something portable/mobile, then get an external 2.5" HDD. They're now up to 1.5TB in size, but I guess that 500GB is more than enough for your purposes. Where I am at, you can get one for less than $100.
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    Feb 07, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    You are looking for this:

    http://www.carbonite.com/

    55 dollars a year, automatic online back up of unlimited files. Try it first and see if you like it.

    I don't like having a back up just in the external hard-drive, that's just a backup of convenience. A hard-drive can also die on you, it can break and something can happen to it along with your computer, you do need a second backup online at the very least for the most important stuff.