Backing up data is like flossing – we know we should, we just don’t get around to it as much as we’d like. Nobody will admit it, though ;).
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://betterexplained.com/articles/keeping-your-data-backed-up/
A few months ago I started using Carbonite, an automatic online backup. It’s 5 bucks a month for unlimited data. It’s not perfect, and it has some pitfalls people should know about, but at 5 bucks a month without having to worry about limits I couldn’t pass it up. My full review is here:
I use CrashPlan (similar to Carbonite but better) and last Labor Day my hard drive crashed. The only backup I had available at the time was CrashPlan as my other backups were not with me). Good thing I was on vacation at a hotel with a big pipe (big bandwidth). I got all 200+GB back in a day and was running again without a hitch.