A few years ago we had a computer crash and I learned about losing pictures that you can never recover. I now only have memories of our son's advanced training graduation in the Army. Shortly after that experience we decided to spend the money with Carbonite to keep our computer backed up.
I really have not given it much thought. I always see the little Carbonite Icon and so I figure it is working. My story now springs forward to the present day. This time it was not a computer crash but Windows 7. I finally had enough of Vista and decided it was time to upgrade to Windows 7. My husband backed up all my files and for the first time ever I paid someone to re-format and install Windows 7.
Later that day my husband then put all my files back on my computer. Everything looked great until I decided to add a picture in to one of my comments. That was when I realized there were no pictures in the picture file. My husband checked our desktop as he had updated my files on the desktop as a safeguard but there were no pictures. He had also backed the files to our external hard drive but again found no pictures. He had assumed Vista was like XP where the pictures are in my documents but with Vista they are in a separate place. He did not know realize he had to copy the pictures by them self and thus he did not back up the picture file. This would have been several years of pictures gone but this time we had Carbonite working in the background.
It has been a bit of a pain getting the pictures back. We couldn't remember the password and just about had to give them our first born to get a new password. (It is good to know they are so careful with our information). It was a slow process getting the pictures restored. We started the restoration in the morning and as we went to bed the pictures were still going back on to my laptop. We finally got all of them and it was worth the hassle to have them back.
If you have not subscribed to an online back up yet I would encourage you to do so now! Once those precious pictures are gone they are TOTALLY GONE but that's not the case if you have an online back up! I don't know that it matters which online backup you use. We chose Carbonite as we got a discount for being a Rush listener but I think they are all about the same. I can attest to Carbonite; even though it is slow!
I have interspered some pictures that would have been GONE if not for having our computer backed up online. These were taken just about one year ago in Fort Hood when our son got out of Iraq. He is now out of the Army and a college student but these are pictures that would have been lost! It is a precious memory and I'm glad I still have the pictures to go along with the memory!
On a side note so far I am loving Windows 7!!!! GOODBYE VISTA!!!!
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