This week, I’m once again talking about the importance of data back-up. According to recent surveys, many of us still don’t bother to do back-ups.
But when your hard-drive crashes, and you lose all of your financial documents, work files, emails, contacts, photos, iTunes, MP3s, and other important data, it can be devastating. I know from bitter experience! So, for peace of mind, it’s vital that you have some sort of back-up system in place.
Over the weekend I’ve been testing out a free download called GoodSync that will automatically back-up and synchronize your files to whatever backup medium you like: You can choose to save your data to disk, USB drive, external hard-drive, laptop, or even online storage. I can honestly say its the best and easiest backup system I’ve yet tried – and I’ve tried a few!
To quote from the website: “GoodSync combines bulletproof reliability with an extremely easy to use interface to compare, synchronize, and backup your important files.”
The software has received some rave reviews:
“This sweet little sync/backup program is exceptionally easy to use.”
- PC World
“We’ve looked at a number of data-synchronization tools and this has to be one of the easiest to use and one of the most reliable.”
- Network World
Well, so much for the free advert!
To backup my own data, I use a combination of a neat little Freecom Mobile Hardrive and MozyHome Online Backup. It’s easy to set-up both systems to automatically do backups, weekly, daily, or even hourly! I find a daily backup is more than sufficient.
The Freecom Hardrive is reliable, portable, fits into the palm of your hand, and the latest models will store up to 250 Gigs.