Ensuring you have a second copy of all your important files, documents, videos, photos etc. is a must for any computer user. Backups shouldn’t just be thought of for businesses, they are just as important to personal computers at home especially if they hold precious family memories in the form of videos and photos that could never be created again if lost.
In this article I want to explain just how easy it is to backup the hard drive in your personal computer online using one of the many online backup services. The whole process shouldn’t take any longer then 15 minutes to setup and then it’s an automated system from their forward.
So Let’s get started.
You need to pick a backup service to use. The two popular ones that most people use are either Mozy home backup or Carbonite. Both have similar plans, I’ve personally used both and like the software that Carbonite uses better the Mozy but it’s personal preference.
Visit one of their sites, sign up under their free trial and download the desktop software used to transfer the files from your PC hard drive to their online storage servers.
This is about the longest step in the whole process.
Next you need to choose exactly what it is you’re going to backup. Most of us backup our entire My Documents folder, but you may server hard drives have files stored on other areas of your home or office PC you want backed up as well.
After installing the software for the online backup service you’ve chosen their should be a video or some tutorial to walk you through how to add files and folders to your backup set.
With Carbonite it’s as easy as right clicking on a file or folder and selecting “back this up”. That file or folder will then be added to your backup set.
The great thing about this entire process is that as you add new files and folders to the directories you’re backing up those new items will be added to your backup set online.
Time to start loading those files from your local hard drive onto the online backup server. Thankfully now the process is more or less automatic. You don’t need to move files one at a time up to the online backup server. The software you downloaded and used in step 2 does all that for you.
The first time you load everything up it might take sometime, but be patient. The big upload only has to happen that first time. Then from there on only files that are changed, or new documents and files are uploaded.
If you’re reading this thinking, this sounds like a good idea I should really do this don’t procrastinate. It’s just when you least expect it that a hard drive failure can occur and you won’t have that data any more. So take the few minutes to setup your hard drive backup online now.