Carbonite 1 Year of Data Backup #Giveaway (Ends 10/9)

Raise your hand if you thought Carbonite was only good for deep-freezing smugglers with a heart of gold?

Apparently, Jabba the Hutt wasn’t the only one thinking about preserving important data. The data in his case, being one Han Solo. If you’ve never heard of them, Carbonite is an Online Backup System for personal or business use. They can easily back up your hard drive (documents, photos, videos, etc.) to the cloud for safe keeping. So the next time your hard drive flips out, you can simply restore it based on a previous backup.

I’ve personally used external hard drives like MyBook over the past few years. I don’t even do much with them, though I should. I have one hooked up to my wife’s iMac to simply back everything up, since she’s the keeper of all our family photos. So when the friendly folks at Carbonite offered me the chance to take Carbonite for a test drive, I figured I’d give it a shot.

I must say Carbonite is super simple to set up. Just download the application (There’s even a Free Trial available!) and install. The initial backup can take some time, though. Considering my computer is hooked into my house’s WiFi, I expected it to never get a good enough connection to back everything up. But I let it run overnight and all my files were backed up.

What I like most about Carbonite is that it’s fairly idiot proof. (Yeah, what does that say about me?). There aren’t a zillion buttons to confuse you, nor umpteen options to get in your way. You can continuously be backing up or tell Carbonite exactly when you want backups to occur or even when you don’t want them to happen.

After backing everything up on my computer, I deleted a few things from my desktop and emptied my trash. I then went into Carbonite to try to restore those files. Know what? It worked. I clicked all of maybe two buttons and suddenly had those files back on my desktop.

There’s even a free Carbonite mobile app for iPhone and Android cell phones, so you can access your entire backup files through your phone!  Plus, the app lets you backup all the data on your phone itself. And for someone like me who’s terrible at keeping up with all the photos on my iPhone, now I don’t have to worry about deleting photos anymore, since I know I’ve got them all backed up!

Carbonite offers a number of different backup plans for both personal and business use, ranging in price from $59 per year to $599 per year.

Here’s what’s included in basic Home Level:

In this day and age, it’s certainly pretty vital to back up your data. I really like the fact that you can access Carbonite from your mobile phone, and that it can run automatically and continuously. That way I never have to remember to back anything up specifically, since it’s always running. I also don’t need to worry about running out of space, since it’s unlimited with Carbonite.

If you’ve ever thought about losing your data to a hard drive crash, house fire, or plain stupidity, you certainly should give Carbonite a shot.

Get a 15-day Free Trial of Carbonite


 Win 1 Full Year of Carbonite Home (Mac/Windows)

Online backup for photos, music, documents, and more! ($59 value)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 Big thanks to Carbonite for sponsoring this Secure Giveaway!

Giveaway ends on October 9, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on this site. Giveaway is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia) who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. The Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

I received a copy of the featured product in exchange for my honest opinions. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and in no way were influenced by the company providing the product.
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25 Responses
  • Melinda
    October 9, 2012

    I would be really sad if I lost all my stories!

  • heather c
    October 9, 2012

    I’d hate to lose my pictures and email!

  • Sand
    October 9, 2012

    I’d hate to lose my photos and bookmarks.

  • liz lew
    October 9, 2012

    I lost a ton of family pictures that were not able to be recovered. It was heartbreaking

  • Kellie Conklin
    October 9, 2012

    I would hate to lose any more of our family pictures and documents! We had a external hard drive and when we got a new computer and went to transfer we had some “recycler virus” on it and may have lost many photos 🙁 I think this is a great, affordable way to backup! Thanks!

  • Rich Hicks
    October 9, 2012

    would hate to lose old email and photos

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  • Corey Olomon
    October 9, 2012

    My family photos.

  • wendy wallach
    October 9, 2012

    would be my pictures

  • Karen
    October 8, 2012

    I lost mu pictures and music. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Desiree Dunbar
    October 8, 2012

    I’d hate to lose pictures, financial information an address book!

  • Jim W.
    October 4, 2012

    Photos of my children

  • Annette D
    October 3, 2012

    I would hate to lose my photos.

  • TIA BEVERLY
    October 3, 2012

    I LOST ALL MY FILES AND PICTURES

  • Elizabeth J
    October 2, 2012

    my pictures

  • Stephanie
    October 1, 2012

    I’ve lost my daughters pics when my computer crashed.

  • Shemp DeYoung (@ShempGames)
    September 30, 2012

    My kids are constantly doing projects for school. Those would be terrible to lose.

  • carol gentry
    September 27, 2012

    All of my pictures and email addresses.

  • A Marks
    September 26, 2012

    i love carbonite. a free year would be awesome!

  • Samantha Gluck
    September 26, 2012

    How do I enter to win the Carbonite? Mommy wants!
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    • Andrew Kardon
      September 26, 2012

      Just use the rafflecopter widget above these comments. You just need to leave a comment and say you did in the widget and you’re entered. Though you can do a ton more things to earn extra entries.

  • joanne rockower
    September 26, 2012

    When my computer died a few years ago Carbonite saved everything…I LOVE Carbonite! I never worrry about losing what I’ve got on my computer….Would love a free year!

  • Denise
    September 26, 2012

    Im lucky I’ve never lost anything. I’m interested in this because a friend of mine lost all their family photos right before her husband passed on.

    • Brian
      September 26, 2012

      I haven’t lost any photo’s either but I worry about it. I’ve been procrastinating on getting a backup service.

      • Andrew Kardon
        September 26, 2012

        Ugh, that’s awful about your friend, Denise. 🙁 And yeah, Brian, same here. Procrastinating’s fine until you actually do lose something valuable. 😉