Mozy for backups

Real Estate Agent with The Indy Realty Shop

I have been testing the different online backup solutions available, and after weeks of testing, trying out services, etc. I have found that Mozy is the best solution for the price.

  • Mozy cost the same as other solutions
  • Allows unlimited storage for backups
  • Allows you to backup external hard drives(other solutions I tried didn't allow this, including Carbonite

The downside to this or other online backup solutions? The first backup can take A LONG TIME!  I have over 200 gig worth of documents, mp3's, videos, photos, etc. to backup.  It's going to take 45 days just to make the first backup. But after this initial backup, it will be smooth sailing, as it only backs up the updated files since last backup.


I used to backup everything on two 300 gig external hard drives.  I would backup on one, take it somewhere else for offsite storage, then backup to the other. Very cumbersome.  Now, I can backup online for $4.95/month and use my two 300 gig external drives for storage!  






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Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
Check with your insurance company. I have been hearing that some insurance companies have been giving discounts to people who take pictures of their stuff and for insurance purposes and store them on off site storage like Mozy.
Apr 02, 2007 11:38 PM #1
Juan L - Houston, TX

Back up and Back-up!


Has this happened to you? Scrolling through your inbox, you find a request from a client to send a large document containing image and sound files. You pen a courteous note, attach the document and press ‘send'. Trusting your faithful computer to send the email in the background, you go on to the next item in your task list - only there IS no next item. There is also no mouse response, no keyboard response, and the monitor display is frozen in a snapshot.

What now? I am a stickler to the point of paranoia for firewalls, ad-ware and virus protection, and registry optimization. Oh yes, and I NEVER hard boot my computer. I always exit Windows properly. And this has never happened before.

My aching neck reminds me that it's time to take a break anyway, so I get up, make a cup of tea, bend and stretch, and shake the confusion out of my head. Then I peek at the monitor to see if it might have ‘un-hung' itself. Yes, I know, that's a silly notion, but confusion makes you think strange thoughts. OK, no help for the hard boot. "When was the last time I backed up?" the ominous thought creeps into my head, followed by a sinking feeling in my gut. "Two weeks ago - or was it three?" my mind tentatively replies as my stomach begins to clench. I am in the middle of several writing projects that haven't been backed up, not to mention new contacts. I swallow my fears and hit the power button.

"Ah", I breathe a sigh of relief when my password is accepted and I see my desktop. "Better run a backup now" I think as my fingers rattle the commands on the keyboard. The backup procedure has been running happily along for about ½ a minute as I am watching, WILLING all to go well. The machine freezes up AGAIN in the middle of the backup. By now, my neck is ready for a Chiropractor. No, a Chiropractor, a Massage, and some sort of prescription pain killer - none of which is available.

I'll spare you the gruesome details which involved reinstalling the OS, updating the BIOS, and several other steps before I finally bought a new computer. Including the time it took me to try and fix the old machine, customize the new machine, learn a new OS (new machines don't come with Windows XP any more), I lost 6 days of productivity, a bunch of files,  some pretty important contact information and some sleep. Ironically, one of my writing assignments was for! For a measly $4.95/month, I could have saved myself all these headaches. The last time I had researched online backup solutions, I shied away from the $10-$35 monthly fees as well as ad-ridden ‘free' stuff. Even my modest budget can afford $4.95 for unlimited storage.

From now on I'll back up and back-up. My neck has relaxed, I'm catching up with my assignments, and I'll sleep like a baby tonight because my stuff is backed up online.

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