What are your back-up solutions?

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Results Realty GA RE Lic # 282060

If you haven't been watching Twitter or FaceBook (specifically me on Twitter or FaceBook), I had a hard drive crash on Friday.  It isn't good... I used to back up pretty regularly, but had kind of drifted away from it lately.  It isn't good. 

The hard drive has started clicking and might cost $$$$$$ to rebuild.  But this isn't about that. 

This is about backing up.  There is a new 320GB drive in my Tablet and IF I can recover the data from the old drive, it will have about 80 gigs of data and programs.  So...  Here are a few options. 

  • An external hard drive with regular back-ups...  Not terribly expensive, but a bit of a hassle.  Imaging is possible...
  • A NAS (Network Attached Storage) device....  Fairly expensive, but with some software packages, extremely convenient.  Imaging is possible...
  • Carbonite...  $55/year...  Not expensive, not inconvenient, but not available as a storage device, just back-up.  No imaging...

We are actually thinking of the NAS with Carbonite backing that up... 


word to the wise...

Back up your junk.  In fact, imaging hard drives on a regular basis would be a great idea.  Imaging is making a copy of the WHOLE hard rive, and not just backing up data.  With an image, you have a literal clone of the hard drive.  This means that after a crash you could be EXACTLY where your last imaging left you.  No having to dig for CDs to reinstall programs and downloading updates and such... 


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Comments (12)

Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

I have lost it all a time or 2.... and am getting better at backing things up-- but, have'nt done the imaging-- will check it out! Kathy

Nov 01, 2009 01:15 PM
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Lane - I hate to here about your hard drive crash. I usually try to back up all my important information on an external hard drive. I also put some on a thumb drive just in case my back up drive fails.

Nov 01, 2009 01:19 PM
Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Lane-  I have an external hard-drive, but it's a bit of a nuisance and slow.  I am thinking about a change>  Thanks for the reminder!  --Sara

Nov 01, 2009 01:19 PM
Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
719-592-0855 www.ReverseLoansInColorado.com

Yep... it happened to me, too! Hard drive crashed, and you know what they say: we all have 20/20 hind sige. Could have, Should have, DIDN'T! As in back up. I didn't realize the other options were even available... thanks for the info!

Nov 01, 2009 01:21 PM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Something that I need to look into for sure.  Thanks Lane....I had my computer stolen from my car last year.  One more reason to get it done.

Nov 01, 2009 02:16 PM
Ray Cobel
Cobel Communications - Thousand Oaks, CA
Let's Get Real About Real Estate Marketing

External hard drives are a good idea, theoretically, but my experience with at least six of them is that they fail pretty quickly; much faster than laptop hard drives, and those fail to often too.

Consequently I've become a pretty big fan automated of online backups.  Some I drive with software from my computer, others I drive with online services.  Amazon has a pretty good service at a very reasonable price at:  http://jungledisk.com/

Nov 02, 2009 08:37 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


My hard drive went down a week ago. Carbonite was good to have. I have some backups and Carbonite filled in the gaps. You can also transfer it to another computer temporarily to work with your data on an emergency basis. :)


Nov 02, 2009 10:22 AM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Lane - two mirrors sometimes a third or a back up camera ... what do you mean your not talking about cars.

Nov 02, 2009 03:55 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Kathy - With the dually I can generally just push whatever is behind me...

Nov 04, 2009 02:35 PM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Lane - I trust you don't back into your storage bay garage you would end up with a drive through.... If you ftont into the storage bay garage make sure you open the door before departing.

Nov 06, 2009 02:16 AM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Kathy - None of my garage-bound stuff can move under its own power... yet.

Nov 13, 2009 06:00 AM
Rhonda Duffy
Duffy Realty of Atlanta & Rainmaker Realty - Milton, GA
#1 Retail Listing Agent in the U.S.

Thank you for this important reminder- it is SO important.

Sep 19, 2012 09:46 PM