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PostSubject: The Simple Steps to Online Hard Drive Backup   Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:33 pm

[Ensuring you have a second copy of all your important files, documents,
videos, photos etc. is a must for any computer user. Backups shouldn’t
just be thought of for businesses, they are just as important to
personal computers at home especially if they hold precious family
memories in the form of videos and photos that could never be created
again if lost.

Step 1

You need to pick a backup service to use. The two popular ones that most people use are either Mozy home backup or Carbonite
. Both have similar plans, We Have personally used both and like the
software that Carbonite uses better the Mozy but it’s personal

Visit one of their sites, sign up under their free
trial and download the desktop software used to transfer the files from
your PC hard drive to their online storage servers.

Step 2

Next you need to choose exactly
what it is you’re going to backup. Most of us backup our entire My
Documents folder, but you may have files stored on other areas of your
home or office PC you want backed up as well.

After installing
the software for the online backup service you’ve chosen their should
be a video or some tutorial to walk you through how to add files and
folders to your backup set.

With Carbonite it’s as easy as
right clicking on a file or folder and selecting “back this up”. That
file or folder will then be added to your backup set.

The great
thing about this entire process is that as you add new files and
folders to the directories you’re backing up those new items will be
added to your backup set online.

Step 3

Time to start loading those files from your local hard drive onto the
online backup server. Thankfully now the process is more or less
automatic. You don’t need to move files one at a time up to the online
backup server. The software you downloaded and used in step 2 does all
that for you.

The first time you load everything up it might
take sometime, but be patient. The big upload only has to happen that
first time. Then from there on only files that are changed, or new
documents and files are uploaded.

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