February, 2008
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Don't Wait Until It's Late to Back Up Your Computer Files


Most of us have the best of intentions when it comes to backing up our files. But good intentions wont mean much when youve lost all your work files not to mention your personal photo and music files. You might have the option of paying a high fee to have data retrieved from a dead computer. But you might not.

In the case of a fire or flood, even an external hard drive backup may not suffice. If you use CDs and DVDs to back up files, be aware that these media deteriorate over time.

Make 2008 the year that you decide to easily back up your files with an online service such as www.mozy.com. Mozy.com is free for up to 2 gigabytes of storage and $4.95/month for unlimited personal storage. For business accounts, the service is priced at $3.95/month, plus .$50/gigabyte. The business pricing includes data encryption during transport, automatic or scheduled backup and technical support. Mozy.com  is both Mac- and Windows-compatible.

There are many other online data backup services out there. Do yourself and your business a favor and choose one, then
use it.

Here are just a few online providers: