After a friend had a catastrophic meltdown the other day — you know when your hard drive gives the ‘click – click -click’ of death? You feel the shortness of breath — what was on that drive? When did I back up last?
It’s hard today – particularly with digital pics and video. In many cases — that file was the original, not like the old days where you can reprint the negative (if you can find it).
While there’s all kinds of RAID solutions and other backups that you can do locally, I started to look for a solution that I can recommend to less technical friends (something that’s easy to setup and forget for me too).
I’m going to give Mozy a try first. I’ve heard good things and they’re owned by EMC — a large player in the server storage market. There’s a number of new players in this area and more coming.
Also out there are more of the storage players like Amazon’s S3 in conjunction with a front end like JungleDisk. Which is great if you need to store your workfiles as you’re never anywhere in particular or need to run a whole business, but harder for just backup from home (and more $$ as well).