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Backing up with Carbonite

QI continue to appreciate you so much. I am very interested in backing up via Carbonite, but I wish I knew exactly how it works. Would you consider telling us step-by-step what the client has to do and then what Carbonite does?
—Nancy in Lufkin, TX, listening on KTBB 600 AM

ABacking up a computer has always seemed easy. Somehow, though, most people never quite get around to doing it. Sooner or later, their hard drive dies. And their bitter tears of remorse get them nowhere.

Carbonite (one of my advertisers) offers an inexpensive online backup. Once you set it up, Carbonite is completely automatic. That's important; anecdotal evidence shows that if people have to think about it, backups go bye-bye.

How-to ThursdayThere are actually a number of ways to back up a computer. You could use a second hard drive, internal or external. You could use tape. You could even back up to a flash drive.

All of these methods have the same problems. If your house burns, the backup will probably be lost. Or, a burglar could take it.

Carbonite solves these problems. It stores your data in Boston. The data is encrypted twice before it leaves your computer. You have the password. No one is going to get into it.

So, how does it work?

First, you go to Carbonite's site and sign up. The company currently is offering a 15-day free trial. It installs a small program on your computer.

Carbonite backs up most files. However, you have to actually subscribe to have your music backed up. The default backup also does not include videos, programs, system files and files larger than 4 gigabytes. However, you can add those manually.

The backup is slow. If you have a fair amount of stuff, it might take two weeks or more. That's partly because upstream transfers are much slower than downstream. Also, Carbonite only works when you're not using the computer. Leave the computer on overnight; otherwise, the backup may never complete.

All of the above requires no interaction from you. So, you shouldn't give it up because it's too much trouble.

Carbonite is relatively inexpensive. It's $49.95 for one year, $89.95 for two and $134.95 for three. I think, given the ease of operation, it's a good deal.

Here are more tips on backups:
More on finding Windows backup
Cell phone backup products
Can Shadow Copy replace backup programs?

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