Seven Ways To Keep Your Data Backed Up

Last Updated Feb 9, 2009 5:56 PM EST

Everyone knows that there are three common sense rules we should always follow, and yet we break them anyway. That's right, I'm talking about:
  • Always pack your own parachute
  • Never leave the boa constrictor free to wander around when your kids are home alone
  • Always have a current and dependable backup of your computer data
I can't help you remember the first two, but Dumb Little Man recently summarized seven convenient ways to keep our most important data backed up. The highlights:
  • Google Docs/Zoho. Storing documents using Web app a like Google Docs is akin to a free backup service.
  • USB. Yes, this is a good one. Personally, I keep a 2GB memory key permanently inserted in my computer. Apps that want to do recurring backups (like Quicken) write their data there, and I use the USB key for all the mission critical backups that I'd need if my computer unexpectedly burst into flames.
  • CD/DVD. A good choice for archiving photos
  • Online storage. Another good one: Rick has already mentioned Mozy, a cheap and dependable online backup solution.
  • External hard drive. They're so big and cheap you can afford to own several and back up your data to different drives on alternating days for virtually bulletproof coverage.
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