One hard drive crash was enough for me. And between various backups that I thought were complete, I’ve lost too many documents for my comfort. So a few months ago I finally did some research into some online backup services. The thing is that as important as having a backup is, I don’t have a lot of actual space that needs to be saved, and if I don’t have to pay for something, I don’t intend to.
There are several different companies that offer this service (you probably recognize Mozy from those crazy commercials), but I was looking for one that offered enough free space to hold my files and had been recommended by an expert. Here are a few of the ones I found.
- IDrive Sync offers 5GB of free storage or unlimited storage for $4.95 per month. If I decide to upgrade in the future, that’s a decent price, but 5GB should take care of my needs nicely. It’s recommended by PC Magazine as one of the best free software of 2011.
- SugarSync also offers free 5GB. Like many others, it allows me to access and sync my files between multiple PCs, which would come in handy. SugarSync received a five star Editor’s rating from cNet, a great tech resource.
- Dropbox is another fairly well-known service, but they only offer 2GB of free space, and upgrading to 50GB would cost me $10 per month.
In the end, I chose SugarSync. I feel much better knowing that all my info is immediately backed-up to their server. I don’t have to remember to update my backup and potentially lose months of data if and when I forget to do it regularly.
Right now, I’m only safeguarding my documents, rather than music or any other files that take up more space. It may not seem super important right now, but if you’ve lost your previous year’s tax documents or that essay you wrote two years ago that would work perfectly for your next assignment, you’re going to wish you’d kept a backup somewhere other than your fallible hard drive.