When I was writing up my PhD thesis I was paranoid about data backup. Years of hard work – pictures, data-files, notes, publication lists not to mention the thesis manuscript itself – all stored on one hard drive. Copying onto CDs or detachable hard drives was fine, but what if I lost those, or they became corrupt?, or what if my house burnt down? – all my work would be gone.
Told you I was paranoid about it.
Anyway, none of that happened, but it is good practice to be at least a little paranoid about keeping your data safe. Online backups always seemed to be a good idea to me since they are an easy way to get a backup off site – giving you one less problem to worry about if your house burns down. But online backups are expensive, aren’t they?
Well not any more it seems, Mozy is a new online backup service that offers 2 Gb of back-up space for free. Not only that, it also offers the following:
As well as the free service Mozy has two pay options that offer greater versatility. MozyHome offers unlimited backups for only $4.95/month for home users and MozyPro is a feature-packed enterprise-level option for companies offering storage at $0.50/Gb.