Backing up important files is becoming more and more important
as we use our computers to store information and photos. Many
of us use digital cameras and save our photos on our hard drive.
If our hard drive fails, our photos will be lost. Therefore,
any important information or photos saved to our hard drive must
be backed up. Today, we have second hard drives (either internal
or external), USB devices, CD-R/W and DVD-R/W drives to backup
these files. However, the safest way to protect our files is
to back them up someplace that is not in close proximity to our
computers. A fire or other catastrophe in the location of our
computer might destroy our files on our hard drive and our backup
if the backup device is close to the computer.
So, one of the safest way to back up our important files
is to store them on the Internet. There are many Internet services
that provide storage space for a fee. There are also some online
storage services that are free. Two of these free services are
Mozy and ElephantDrive.
You can click on the links to review their policies and to sign
up for their service.
ElephantDrive currently provides unlimited storage space
for free during their beta phase. Mozy currently provides 2 GB
of free storage.
I clicked on the Get Mozy Free button on the Mozy Home Page
and started the process of getting an account and downloading
their software. The process is straight forward. After downloading
the Mozy setup file and clicking on it, Mozy was installed on
my computer and it automatically scanned my hard drive for files
to backup. Depending on the results of the scan and the size
of the backup, you may want to modify what actually will be backed
up. Then it is a matter of starting the upload of the files and
scheduling future backups.