Recently when my computer died, I realised that even though I was fairly rigerous about backing up data, I had let my backups lapse for at least two weeks. Goodness knows how many important documents I would have lost if my computer hadn’t have been recoverable, though I’d imagine that with the overwhelming quantity of creative brilliance I produce on my PC, it would have been substantial.
Well, no more! I decided that it was time that my backups entered the 21st century, and that I should be backing up my data into the cloud. There are a number of providers that offer such a service – Mozy @ Home, Backblaze, even Dropbox if you please – but after extensively evaluating all my options, I decided that CrashPlan was the way to go for me. This was for two main reasons:
- I have a lot of data to backup (mainly photos); and
- I only need to backup one computer – all my other computers are slaves
So, precisely how much data did I have to upload? Well, I wasn’t kidding; it’s a lot:
Yes, people laughed and mocked me when I said it was going to take three months to get it all up there… but guess what? That’s all done now! And, since the CrashPlan application sits in the background, monitoring the folders that I told it to watch, all it has to do now is upload any changes that I make – which doesn’t take very long at all! Home and hosed!