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.
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