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Home backup with Mozy...

According to the Did You Know? 3.0 video, it is estimated that 4 exabytes of unique information will be generated this year. That is more then the previous 5,000 years. That is a lot of data being created & a lot of data that can be lost.

As some of you know, I work as a Systems Administrator. What is funny about this is that all my servers at work have so many different levels of redundancy built in to them to protect the data they hold; it would take an act of god equal to wiping out the dinosaurs to loose our data.

Now my personal laptop? Not so much. I do not know why, but it seems that IT / MIS people always seem to be the worse about backing up our own crap. You would think we would be the best at backing up our own data, but we are not. Every now and then I try to remember to back my laptop up, but I just forget or flat out do not have time.

Mozy LogoBut recently I found out about Mozy which takes all the guess & work out of my backups. Mozy makes backups simple and automatic, which means there is nothing to forget about. Basically with Mozy, all you do is set it and forget it (kinda like that Ron Popeil Rotisserie thing). After you have Mozy all setup, it does the rest and keeps your files protected. Best of all, your files are encrypted (so only you can see what’s in them) & stored on Mozy’s ultra secure servers.

Now for all of you non IT people out there do not have to worry. You do not have to be a Systems Administrator to use Mozy. The best thing about Mozy is how simple and easy it is. All you gotta do is go over to http://www.mozy.com and choose between their 2 gb free version (yep, free) or if you have more data then that, you can have unlimited data for just 4.95 a month. Yep, that is right, for the price of a single Starbucks drink, you can have piece of mind that your data is safe & sound should anything happen to your computer.

After you have picked your plan & signed up, just download the Mozy software and install it on your system. Setup want you want to backup and let her rip.

It’s just that easy. Now only if Mozy could make cleaning my house this easy, I would be all set.

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ext_170883
Feb. 28th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
I've used moxy for over a year and have over 140GB backed up. So far I haven't restored anything and that will be the real test.
claystorm
Feb. 28th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Greg,

Very cool. I use the free version right now cus my budget is a little tight. I know its only 5 dollars a month, but when I am in school, my budget is very tight and if I keep to my budget, I loose something like 0.09 cents per month. One of these days, I will move my whole backup solution to Mozy, but for now I only backup my school files via Mozy and the rest to external HD's.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 28th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Could it be your an affiliate of www.mozy.com?ref=Q3PL8C
You should write about a online storage company you're not an affiliate for such as http://www.myotherdrive.com or http://www.elephantdrive.com. Come on, at least use a tinyurl so we can't see you're an affiliate.
claystorm
Feb. 28th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Could it be your an affiliate of www.mozy.com?ref=Q3PL8C
The reason that I have written about Mozy, is because I use Mozy myself. I believe in the company & the services they provide. I have never used myotherdrive nor elephantdrive, so and such, I will not write about something I have not used.

To address the affiliate question, EVERYONE who uses Mozy is also an affiliate & given a code. Right now, due to budget reasons on my end, I use the free 2gb version. If 4 people sign up (for the free or paid service) I get an extra 1gb free. That is all. I do not make any money from Mozy and that is the only thing I have to gain from Mozy.

I did not hide my affiliate link behind a tinyurl, because I have nothing to hide. If people do not use my links to get to Mozy, I really could care less. Sure, getting an extra gb or two would be nice, but it is not the reason I wrote this review.

I am also sorry that you felt you needed to hide behind an anonymous comment. I would love to have an open dialog with you about this, but as such, you have made that impossible.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Mozy
Do you think a service like Mozy is superior to one of those external hard drives that you can program to regularly back up as you work? Do you think the fail rate (either hardware failure, such as dropping it, or software failure) is higher with such a device, as compared to something like Mozy? Also, does Mozy cause your computer to slow down?

Interesting post!
@ABQCheap
claystorm
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Mozy
Each have their ups and downs. I like Mozy cus it does everything for me, and generally works with no issues. Another reason why I like Mozy is that its not at my house.

The problem with external HD's is that they can get stolen at the same time as your computer, and then your backups do not mean anything. Also, some of the software that I have used that come bundled with external HD's really only seem to work so so, and you really do not know if its working or not.

Down sides to Mozy is that it can take a while to restore all of your data if it comes to that.

Really, the best answer is to use both. Use an external HD to keep a local backup and then use Mozy to keep files off site incase of theft, flood, fire, or anything else that can cause your computer& external to die at the same time.

(Anonymous)
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Checking it out
I'm going to check out Mozy right now. I've lost too much data in the past (just recently, when dangling laptop cord met wagging puppy tail) to not take backup seriously anymore!

Thanks so much!

@ABQCheap
http://abqonthecheap.com
claystorm
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
Re: Checking it out
Glad to hear it. If you need any help, let me know.
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