I have been married for almost 8 years. In those 8 years, we have had 4 computer crashes. Four complete computer meltdowns. Where we’ve lost everything. The first time it happened, I had just returned from a study abroad in New Zealand and lost ALL my digital pictures. Thank goodness my friends had taken pictures too and I had already printed those that I took.
The next three times hurt bad. All our pictures, all our files. I wised up after the second time and started burning our pictures and important files to CD, but because it relied on me, I wasn’t caught up when the third and fourth crashes happened. After the fourth time, when we lost some very special, priceless, and sentimental files, my husband and I looked at each other and asked “When will we learn?” That day, we signed up for Carbonite.
Carbonite is an online backup program. It will automatically backup all the files on your computer (except videos, which you can tell it to backup manually). If your computer crashes, all your files are safe. You can even access all your files from another computer, just by logging in. I love this feature, since I often want to access recipes or pictures when I’m not at home.
Carbonite also offers external backup, but we haven’t tried that. Mainly because I know my user error record. I know I would forget to backup and therefore I would be out of luck. Plus, if your house burns down or floods, there goes the external backup.
Another great thing is that you can access your Carbonite account from your Smartphone, too. Simple, easy, and guaranteed.
I can’t tell you the difference it makes to have peace of mind.