If you’re not backing up your important computer files, then you haven’t been paying attention.
For years now, stories have circulated about crashed hard drives and mysterious memory dumps. We all know someone who lost valuable information because of a computer virus or hardware failure.
And by “valuable information” I mean photos and songs.
Because that’s what is most important to me. The photos because they are priceless and irreplaceable. The music because it is replaceable at a high price.
I figure it would cost me upwards of $30,000 to replace my 25 years of accumulated music. It’s all digital, the vinyl and CDs having been sold on eBay long ago.
So why haven’t you backed up your computer’s hard drive? There are so many online options these days, some of which are free, that there’s no excuse to not do it.
Amazon, Flickr, Shutterfly, Dropbox, Google, and Apple are all offering easy-to-use online cloud storage for your photos and music.
In fact, Amazon just sent me an email saying I could store an unlimited amount of music on their cloud. I have happily started transferring my 160GB of tracks to their servers.
Of course, there is one problem. And it could be just the excuse some people find to put off backing up their data.
Even on a cable modem, my upload speeds are painfully slow. If I let the Amazon Uploader run day and night, I figure I should have my music properly stored in their cloud by November.
It might be frustrating, but I’m not going to let that stop me from protecting my photos and music. I’d hate to lose any of it.