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Old 10-31-2010, 10:05 PM
Location: Texas
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Do ya'll have any recommendations?

BTW, we have three computers so I'm not sure how that would work. Or, if we would have to pay three times as much.
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:38 PM
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You mean like Carbonite, Mozy, BackBlaze etc? They charge per machine. You could designate one machine to be a host for backups through the home network, then have that one backup online so you'd only have to pay for one account.
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:16 AM
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That's what we do. I set up a PC as a "server" and all important data is saved to it. It is backed up to Carbonite.

For Quickbooks, Quicken, Paint Shop Pro, etc the data is accessed across the network instead of locally. This ensures all data backed up is current.

We installed gigabyte NIC cards in all computers so the local network is fast.

If you decide on Carbonite Google for a coupon. I got 3 years for $130 instead of $180.
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:28 PM
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Don't forget the backup maxim: if you only have one copy of your data, you don't own your data.

Not only would I find a trusted, suitable online backup partner, I would also recommend you keep a current, encrypted backup with you at all times. You never know.

I work in IT, and I cannot tell you how many times people have needed their data and didn't have access to it. If you cannot get online and need something critical, you'll have it. The rule is to have at least three copies of your data. Ensure all copies are kept up to date, so all three copies are mirrors of one another. You need to be able to restore the data on your computer(s) even if you cannot get online. Having a backup external to Carbonite or whomever you choose to go with is imperative. Keep it encrypted.
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