Contest: 10 Seagate FreeAgent Backup Hard Drive Bundles!

‘Tis the season for giving! In addition to the HP Magic Giveaway, we present 10 chances for you to win a Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive bundle. Winners will get their choice of either a FreeAgent Desk 1TB or FreeAgent Desk for Mac 1TB. AND your choice of a 500GB FreeAgent Go or 500GB FreeAgent Go for Mac portable drive.

The FreeAgent Desk, as its name implies, is intended for desktop use. Its 1TB (~1,000GB) capacity comes in a rainbow of colors, or a silver and white design to match the look and feel of a MacBook. The FreeAgent Go portable is much slimmer, and its 500 GB capacity is also available in your choice of 10 colors, or silver and white in the Mac version.

In addition to Geeks to Go, there are 9 other tech sites giving away bundles. Be sure to enter their contests for more chances to win! (Thanks to Xavier at Notebooks.com!)

Other Seagate FreeAgent Giveaway Sites (live contests are linked):

  1. Notebooks.com
  2. CrunchGear.com
  3. BleepingComputer.com
  4. GottaBeMobile.com
  5. PlanetAMD64.com
  6. Gadgetell.com
  7. Paulstamatiou.com
  8. Macenstein.com
  9. DigitalHomeThoughts.com

How do you enter our contest?

Simply answer this question with a comment below:

How do you backup your important data?

If you don’t have a backup method, it’s okay to say, “I don’t have a backup plan”.

The winner will be chosen from the random pool of qualified comment from all entries received by 11:59PM CST on Friday Saturday, December 6th, 2008. ONE entry per person. Please use a valid email address when posting your comment, as that’s how the winner will be contacted. A reminder to enter your email address in the comment form, but not in the body of the comment (hide it from email harvesting spam bots). If no response to the notification email is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen

Backups are one of the most important, and often neglected task of home users. We recently ran a 5 part series, Options for Home Computer Backup. My current backup plan involves a Windows Home Server, online backup of photos (SmugMug), and a portable USB hard drive for notebook backup while traveling.

Our free computer help forums often have posts from people desperate to save their digital memories, because they lack adequate backups. Whether it’s a hardware failure, malware infection, or human error, protect your digital treasures with adequate backups. Seagate presents attractive options, and their 5-year warranty ensures peace of mind.

Update: We have a winner!

  • Aaron

    My backup plan currently consists of occasionally burning a few files to disc.

  • Aaron

    My backup plan currently consists of occasionally burning a few files to disc.

  • SkyFuser

    I don't really backup, although I do use ADrive for my rarely used files, Dropbox, and burned DVDs. Most of my files I uploaded to MegaUpload and MediaFire so there's not too much I can't redownload.

  • SkyFuser

    I don't really backup, although I do use ADrive for my rarely used files, Dropbox, and burned DVDs. Most of my files I uploaded to MegaUpload and MediaFire so there's not too much I can't redownload.

  • Jake

    I usually back up my important files on two other drives. If I want a more permanent solution I burn the files to a DVD or a CD depending on the size of the files or purpose of the backup.

  • Jake

    I usually back up my important files on two other drives. If I want a more permanent solution I burn the files to a DVD or a CD depending on the size of the files or purpose of the backup.

  • I usually backup my data to DVD

  • I usually backup my data to DVD

  • Bart

    I use TimeMachine to a 100Gb 2.5" HDD

  • Bart

    I use TimeMachine to a 100Gb 2.5" HDD

  • Backup system? What is this you speak of?

  • Backup system? What is this you speak of?

  • (Don't know if the last one went through...)
    I use an external hard drive where my important docs are backed up automatically with SyncBack, and I use several programs in the cloud like Google Docs, Picasa Web Albums, Youtube, and Box.net.

  • (Don't know if the last one went through...)
    I use an external hard drive where my important docs are backed up automatically with SyncBack, and I use several programs in the cloud like Google Docs, Picasa Web Albums, Youtube, and Box.net.

  • Yair

    no real backup plan.
    yes, i know, i am doomed :/

  • Yair

    no real backup plan.
    yes, i know, i am doomed :/

  • I have backups all over the place! Backups of backups. Backups of files I no longer need backed up. (Does that count as a "backup"?)

    I burn CDs and DVDs with important data as they are added to the computer, and make complete images onto an external USB hard drive.

    I sure would like one that connects to the network, though. 😉

    Troy

  • I have backups all over the place! Backups of backups. Backups of files I no longer need backed up. (Does that count as a "backup"?)

    I burn CDs and DVDs with important data as they are added to the computer, and make complete images onto an external USB hard drive.

    I sure would like one that connects to the network, though. 😉

    Troy

  • David

    My backup plan currently is to backup to DVDs approximately every 3 months.

  • David

    My backup plan currently is to backup to DVDs approximately every 3 months.

  • I was lucky for now (knocking on wood) and when my HDD failed several times I always was able to recover it’s content with some recovery software (even after formatting it!)…

    I now bought a TabletPC and when i try to synchronize most of my improtant data between my PC/TPC/WM phone with Live Mesh and Dropbox I periodically have some data on my TPC which arent synchronized. Most of them are work related and it would be really bad if I lost them which is quite easy as normal notebook HDDs fail quite often and SSDs are too expensive as of now 🙁

  • I was lucky for now (knocking on wood) and when my HDD failed several times I always was able to recover it’s content with some recovery software (even after formatting it!)…

    I now bought a TabletPC and when i try to synchronize most of my improtant data between my PC/TPC/WM phone with Live Mesh and Dropbox I periodically have some data on my TPC which arent synchronized. Most of them are work related and it would be really bad if I lost them which is quite easy as normal notebook HDDs fail quite often and SSDs are too expensive as of now 🙁

  • Grant

    Q: How do you backup your important data?

    A: Currently, I don't have a big enough hard drive to make a system restore point each month. But I backup all of my word/excel/PPT docs to my 1GB flash drive. Everything else (music/pictures/videos) is backed up to DVD's.

  • Grant

    Q: How do you backup your important data?

    A: Currently, I don't have a big enough hard drive to make a system restore point each month. But I backup all of my word/excel/PPT docs to my 1GB flash drive. Everything else (music/pictures/videos) is backed up to DVD's.

  • Felisa Pagcaliwagan

    backing up files is so important. usually i backups my files by the following methods.

    1.- collecting same type of files in the same storage device. an example, all photos, all music, all dloaded movies, DVD, should be stored separately.

    2.- using online storages.

    3.- once a month, I create a system restore point.

    4.- using a flash drive.

    5.- installing a "reboot to restore software" like deep freeze. it really counts to have this installed. and if you wonder how i save data with my system frozen, heres what I do:
    i only freeze the drive C not, not Drive D. so i only need to scan and backup the files in drive D bcoz its the drive that is vulnerable.

  • Felisa Pagcaliwagan

    backing up files is so important. usually i backups my files by the following methods.

    1.- collecting same type of files in the same storage device. an example, all photos, all music, all dloaded movies, DVD, should be stored separately.

    2.- using online storages.

    3.- once a month, I create a system restore point.

    4.- using a flash drive.

    5.- installing a "reboot to restore software" like deep freeze. it really counts to have this installed. and if you wonder how i save data with my system frozen, heres what I do:
    i only freeze the drive C not, not Drive D. so i only need to scan and backup the files in drive D bcoz its the drive that is vulnerable.

  • Q: How do You backup your Important Data?

    A: I backup my Mail, Documents, Music, and other personal files, my Linux backups and my favorites and other important files. I do this every couple of months, and I use a Seagate 160 Gig external Drive. I learned from experience that you should backup files as necessary, and keep that backup current. This way, if there is a problem, and I lose something, or I have to reformat, I can keep my backups from both machines on one drive. Would LOVE another drive for additional backup capacity however!!

    **Brian**

  • Q: How do You backup your Important Data?

    A: I backup my Mail, Documents, Music, and other personal files, my Linux backups and my favorites and other important files. I do this every couple of months, and I use a Seagate 160 Gig external Drive. I learned from experience that you should backup files as necessary, and keep that backup current. This way, if there is a problem, and I lose something, or I have to reformat, I can keep my backups from both machines on one drive. Would LOVE another drive for additional backup capacity however!!

    **Brian**

  • Harry Y

    currently, I just back up stuff on a couple of DVD-RW's. A portable HDD would make it a lot easier.

  • Harry Y

    currently, I just back up stuff on a couple of DVD-RW's. A portable HDD would make it a lot easier.

  • I have four hard drives inside my computer I usually back up on, but I know one of them is about to fail, so I'm seriously considering getting external backups.

  • I have four hard drives inside my computer I usually back up on, but I know one of them is about to fail, so I'm seriously considering getting external backups.

  • I don't currently have a backup plan, however I do have an old 80GB IDE hard drive that I've been intending to use as a backup drive, I just haven't gotten around to buying myself a caddy yet. My dad also has a Western Digital MyBook backup drive at home, but I'm not setup to use it.

  • I don't currently have a backup plan, however I do have an old 80GB IDE hard drive that I've been intending to use as a backup drive, I just haven't gotten around to buying myself a caddy yet. My dad also has a Western Digital MyBook backup drive at home, but I'm not setup to use it.

  • Patrick Cannon

    Currently I don't have a backup plan. However my dat ais spread out over 3 hard drives!

  • Patrick Cannon

    Currently I don't have a backup plan. However my dat ais spread out over 3 hard drives!

  • PedroDaGr8

    MY backup plan involves backing up all of my important documents on my 8Gb thumb drive. Thats all I have, as I am unemployed and my backup drive died about 2 mo. ago.

  • PedroDaGr8

    MY backup plan involves backing up all of my important documents on my 8Gb thumb drive. Thats all I have, as I am unemployed and my backup drive died about 2 mo. ago.

  • Ng Yao Choon

    I backup using DVD-R every 2 months.

  • Ng Yao Choon

    I backup using DVD-R every 2 months.

  • saud

    I currently use dvds to backup which isn't so reliable!

  • saud

    I currently use dvds to backup which isn't so reliable!

  • I currently have a pretty haphazard backup plan that involves me freaking out every couple of months and doing a massive backup of everything onto an EHD, which is now full! Since I am in dissertation writing mode now, these backups will get more frequent...

  • I currently have a pretty haphazard backup plan that involves me freaking out every couple of months and doing a massive backup of everything onto an EHD, which is now full! Since I am in dissertation writing mode now, these backups will get more frequent...

  • Anubhav Mathur

    Thank you GTG..!!

    Currently I Have no backup plan for my PC and laptop. Im living on the edge. Nothing of a disaster has happened before though!

  • Anubhav Mathur

    Thank you GTG..!!

    Currently I Have no backup plan for my PC and laptop. Im living on the edge. Nothing of a disaster has happened before though!

  • Rick V an Komen

    I backup my valuable data by backing up on a Seagate external drive and a Maxtor external drive.

  • Rick V an Komen

    I backup my valuable data by backing up on a Seagate external drive and a Maxtor external drive.

  • Dy

    How I back up my data?

    I back up all my important programs to a large USB Flash drive and burn all my pictures to CD's.

  • Dy

    How I back up my data?

    I back up all my important programs to a large USB Flash drive and burn all my pictures to CD's.

  • Jenny

    I have a little 40G external hard drive, but that's it! I really have to pick and choose what to back up, because I have such a small external hard drive!

  • Jenny

    I have a little 40G external hard drive, but that's it! I really have to pick and choose what to back up, because I have such a small external hard drive!

  • margaret herrin

    “I don’t have a backup plan”. That's why I need this.

  • margaret herrin

    “I don’t have a backup plan”. That's why I need this.

  • Tom Showers

    I've been backing things up on my iPod.

  • Tom Showers

    I've been backing things up on my iPod.

  • Jodi

    I backup online

  • Jodi

    I backup online

  • Ben

    I currently use 4 small external HD to back up my data. It is a pain to find the things I need over all of those drives.

  • ed schwaneke

    I use a 120 G external Hard Drive and back up critical programs automatically and less critical on an ad hoc basis.

  • Ben

    I currently use 4 small external HD to back up my data. It is a pain to find the things I need over all of those drives.

  • ed schwaneke

    I use a 120 G external Hard Drive and back up critical programs automatically and less critical on an ad hoc basis.

  • Carrie

    I usually back up my business files on flash drive, all my pics and songs are on an external hard drive... I've learned from my mistakes...

  • Carrie

    I usually back up my business files on flash drive, all my pics and songs are on an external hard drive... I've learned from my mistakes...

  • CDs. Lots and LOTS of CDs. It's a very inefficient and unorganized system and I would LOVE to have one place to store everything!

  • CDs. Lots and LOTS of CDs. It's a very inefficient and unorganized system and I would LOVE to have one place to store everything!

  • Steve

    I backup all my files on an external hard drive and online.

  • Steve

    I backup all my files on an external hard drive and online.

  • berwyn100

    I do not have any backup as of yet!

  • Marilyn Wons

    I do not have any backup as of yet!

  • I use a Maxtor USB portable and Smugmug I also backup pictures and videos to a laptop. One of my next projects is going to be a home server such as Admin has. OF course when I win the HP assortment that wont be a problem.

  • Debbie B

    I don't have a backup method at this time!

  • I use a Maxtor USB portable and Smugmug I also backup pictures and videos to a laptop. One of my next projects is going to be a home server such as Admin has. OF course when I win the HP assortment that wont be a problem.

  • Debbie B

    I don't have a backup method at this time!

  • Charles Dengler

    Only with cd-roms now, I need this win to be protected.

  • Charles Dengler

    Only with cd-roms now, I need this win to be protected.

  • I use an aging 60GB Western Digital external.

  • I use an aging 60GB Western Digital external.

  • Matthew Meisenhelder

    we have a 4gb flash drive.

    but dont back-up photo's so if my laptop fails, i am screwed !

  • Matthew Meisenhelder

    we have a 4gb flash drive.

    but dont back-up photo's so if my laptop fails, i am screwed !

  • Steve Dadolf

    History says I should be doing a formal back-up, but so far all I do is use a flash drive for some data. Having a portable drive would push me to incorporating a more formal back-up process.

  • Steve Dadolf

    History says I should be doing a formal back-up, but so far all I do is use a flash drive for some data. Having a portable drive would push me to incorporating a more formal back-up process.

  • Joe Fuchs

    What is a backup system, is there such a thing

  • I use s3 and version control (git), to store files in the cloud. But it would be nice to have a local copy of all the files backed up.

  • Joe Fuchs

    What is a backup system, is there such a thing

  • I use s3 and version control (git), to store files in the cloud. But it would be nice to have a local copy of all the files backed up.

  • scottrade

    I burn my pictures and documents to a CD or a flash drive. I don't backup my entire hard drive because of the lack of disk space needed to store backup images.

  • scottrade

    I burn my pictures and documents to a CD or a flash drive. I don't backup my entire hard drive because of the lack of disk space needed to store backup images.

  • Carolyn

    I back up my photos to CD and need a backup plan for everything else! Have a 500g EHD, but use it for my scrapbook kits.

  • Carolyn

    I back up my photos to CD and need a backup plan for everything else! Have a 500g EHD, but use it for my scrapbook kits.

  • Joel Miller

    I back them up onto CD... An external harddrive would be awesome!

  • Joel Miller

    I back them up onto CD... An external harddrive would be awesome!

  • Connor (skyhintack)

    After using about twenty CD's a few years back, I quit from the backup cycle (I know, shame on me!). But, I have realized the importance of it as I don't want to loose precious photos, movies, and other irreplaceable data. Now, I have a 1TB hard drive as a make-shift backup plan. (It would be nice to win, because you can never have enough space.) I have the three computers that are in the house on my home network, and they are scheduled to back up onto the 1TB (second) hard drive in my computer.

  • Connor (skyhintack)

    After using about twenty CD's a few years back, I quit from the backup cycle (I know, shame on me!). But, I have realized the importance of it as I don't want to loose precious photos, movies, and other irreplaceable data. Now, I have a 1TB hard drive as a make-shift backup plan. (It would be nice to win, because you can never have enough space.) I have the three computers that are in the house on my home network, and they are scheduled to back up onto the 1TB (second) hard drive in my computer.

  • ron

    documents and paper and ink

  • ron

    documents and paper and ink

  • MARK PRICE

    WOULD LOVE THIS FOR PHOTOS OF MY GRANDCHILDREN

  • MARK PRICE

    WOULD LOVE THIS FOR PHOTOS OF MY GRANDCHILDREN

  • pamela

    I don't have a back up plan, ....

  • pamela

    I don't have a back up plan, ....

  • Julie Donahue

    WE don't have a consistent backup plan.

  • Julie Donahue

    WE don't have a consistent backup plan.

  • Gary Kennedy

    I don't have a backup plan.

  • Gary Kennedy

    I don't have a backup plan.

  • Jeanne

    Backup to an extra harddrive

  • Jeanne

    Backup to an extra harddrive

  • Nic

    The pile of DVD-R's beside my desk is the closest to a backup plan I've had. Mostly for photos and video

  • Nic

    The pile of DVD-R's beside my desk is the closest to a backup plan I've had. Mostly for photos and video

  • Adam

    I back up my data rarely using an ancient now-full external and to my other PC using Microsoft Office Groove.

  • Kristine

    CD's and thumb drives

  • Adam

    I back up my data rarely using an ancient now-full external and to my other PC using Microsoft Office Groove.

  • Kristine

    CD's and thumb drives

  • Connie

    I back-up by burning discs and copying files on other computers. Would love a dedicated back-up drive 🙂

  • Connie

    I back-up by burning discs and copying files on other computers. Would love a dedicated back-up drive 🙂

  • I have one back up drive that is running out of space.

  • I have one back up drive that is running out of space.

  • Mark W.

    Whenever i have importiant data i need to back up i put it on my ipod, sounds wierd but sometimes when you dont have the money to waist on dvd disks and and have limited space to keep stuff it looks pretty intising... bad part of it is when you have about 8gigs to back up it kinda takes away from your songs so your stuck with either songs or data... and i love my music...

  • Mark W.

    Whenever i have importiant data i need to back up i put it on my ipod, sounds wierd but sometimes when you dont have the money to waist on dvd disks and and have limited space to keep stuff it looks pretty intising... bad part of it is when you have about 8gigs to back up it kinda takes away from your songs so your stuck with either songs or data... and i love my music...

  • Mark Fine

    Umm, sigh.... well,I don't.

  • Mark Fine

    Umm, sigh.... well,I don't.

  • I backup my important data by emailing my files to my gmail account every once in a while. Very tedious, but that's why I'm entering this contest. Seagate hard drice, come to momma!

  • I backup my important data by emailing my files to my gmail account every once in a while. Very tedious, but that's why I'm entering this contest. Seagate hard drice, come to momma!

  • Rebecca Snodgrass

    I put mine on a flash drive.

  • Rebecca Snodgrass

    I put mine on a flash drive.

  • Ed Ring

    Unfortunatly I don’t have a backup plan which can be pretty scarey. Could really use one.

  • Ed Ring

    Unfortunatly I don’t have a backup plan which can be pretty scarey. Could really use one.

  • Robin Stephens

    Except for my photos, which I store online. I don't have a backup plan. I really wish I had a backup plan, but I don't.

  • Robin Stephens

    Except for my photos, which I store online. I don't have a backup plan. I really wish I had a backup plan, but I don't.

  • ewalsh

    I'm another one without a backup plan. I always have the best intentions of figuring something out and then I forget about it.

  • Erin Walsh

    I'm another one without a backup plan. I always have the best intentions of figuring something out and then I forget about it.

  • Darshan

    I don't have any backup device so i don't back up any data. i lost everything when my OS crash and i couldn't boot from it.

  • denice p

    i back up my important data by burning it onto cd. i really don't care for usb sticks. thanks

  • Darshan

    I don't have any backup device so i don't back up any data. i lost everything when my OS crash and i couldn't boot from it.

  • denice p

    i back up my important data by burning it onto cd. i really don't care for usb sticks. thanks

  • Darshan

    i don't have any backup device so i don't backup my files. Once i lost everything b/c i couldn't boot from my hard drive.

  • Darshan

    i don't have any backup device so i don't backup my files. Once i lost everything b/c i couldn't boot from my hard drive.

  • Dasu

    I don't backup my files b/c i don't have anything that i can use to backup my files.

  • Dasu

    I don't backup my files b/c i don't have anything that i can use to backup my files.

  • Glenna

    I have a small portable hard drive that has too little memory for all the graphic and video files that I have to backup. Winning this would certainly simplify things a lot.

  • Glenna

    I have a small portable hard drive that has too little memory for all the graphic and video files that I have to backup. Winning this would certainly simplify things a lot.

  • Lorraine

    Discs and flash drives.

  • Lorraine

    Discs and flash drives.

  • Robert Craparo

    I have two small portable drives that I occasionally, but not regularly, use to back up the irreplaceable stuff. I've also copied some stuff to CD/DVDs.

  • Robert Craparo

    I have two small portable drives that I occasionally, but not regularly, use to back up the irreplaceable stuff. I've also copied some stuff to CD/DVDs.

  • Robert Lockwood

    sadly, I don't

  • Robert Lockwood

    sadly, I don't

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  • Sandy

    none- nothing at all

  • I currently use Mac's Time Machine as well as daily backups to Mobile Me. Still do not feel it is enough.

  • Sandy

    none- nothing at all

  • I currently use Mac's Time Machine as well as daily backups to Mobile Me. Still do not feel it is enough.

  • Deanna

    I use a little USB drive, it doesn't hold very much though 🙁

  • Deanna

    I use a little USB drive, it doesn't hold very much though 🙁

  • Robert Wade

    Copy important files to a second hard drive. Chances of losing both are pretty high.

  • Robert Wade

    Copy important files to a second hard drive. Chances of losing both are pretty high.

  • Kim

    I back up partitions using an external drive, but that drive is used for data too and is pretty full. The sleek drive you are giving away would give me much needed space for backups.

  • Kim

    I back up partitions using an external drive, but that drive is used for data too and is pretty full. The sleek drive you are giving away would give me much needed space for backups.

  • Anne

    Nada, nothin, none, zilch

    I have no backup plan......

    (I think I need to win) 🙂

    Thanks

  • Anne

    Nada, nothin, none, zilch

    I have no backup plan......

    (I think I need to win) 🙂

    Thanks

  • Anne

    Nada, nothin, none, zilch

    I have no backup plan......

    (I think I need to win) 🙂

    Thanks

  • ROBERT BRANDT

    “I don’t have a backup plan”.

  • ROBERT BRANDT

    “I don’t have a backup plan”.

  • ROBERT BRANDT

    “I don’t have a backup plan”.

  • Brandon

    My backup plan currently is somewhat unstable. Instead of backing up, I have all my data on an external drive since my internal drive isn't large enough. If the external drive fails, I'm out of luck, but it's about to run out of space, so I'm upgrading my internal. Then I'm stuck without a full backup again... HELP!!!

  • Brandon

    My backup plan currently is somewhat unstable. Instead of backing up, I have all my data on an external drive since my internal drive isn't large enough. If the external drive fails, I'm out of luck, but it's about to run out of space, so I'm upgrading my internal. Then I'm stuck without a full backup again... HELP!!!

  • Brandon

    My backup plan currently is somewhat unstable. Instead of backing up, I have all my data on an external drive since my internal drive isn't large enough. If the external drive fails, I'm out of luck, but it's about to run out of space, so I'm upgrading my internal. Then I'm stuck without a full backup again... HELP!!!

  • David Deitz

    I don't back up as much and as often as I should, but I have an external hard drive that I use True Image Home to image the hard drives.

  • David Deitz

    I don't back up as much and as often as I should, but I have an external hard drive that I use True Image Home to image the hard drives.

  • David Deitz

    I don't back up as much and as often as I should, but I have an external hard drive that I use True Image Home to image the hard drives.

  • Ricardo

    “I don’t have a backup plan”. Ok, i do have one, but its not as eficient as i wanted it to be.

  • Ricardo

    “I don’t have a backup plan”. Ok, i do have one, but its not as eficient as i wanted it to be.

  • Ricardo

    “I don’t have a backup plan”. Ok, i do have one, but its not as eficient as i wanted it to be.

  • Hippiefreakcomputergeek

    I back up every day stuff to my flash drives.
    However, flash drives have a limited read/write life so I make a full system back up on DVD, and back up my pictures on CD.

  • Hippiefreakcomputergeek

    I back up every day stuff to my flash drives.
    However, flash drives have a limited read/write life so I make a full system back up on DVD, and back up my pictures on CD.

  • Hippiefreakcomputergeek

    I back up every day stuff to my flash drives.
    However, flash drives have a limited read/write life so I make a full system back up on DVD, and back up my pictures on CD.

  • Hippiefreakcomputergeek

    I back up my day to day work on a flash drive.
    However, since flash memory devices have a limited read/write life I do a full system back up on DVD every 3 months, and back up all of my pictures on CD.

  • Hippiefreakcomputergeek

    I back up my day to day work on a flash drive.
    However, since flash memory devices have a limited read/write life I do a full system back up on DVD every 3 months, and back up all of my pictures on CD.

  • Hippiefreakcomputergeek

    I back up my day to day work on a flash drive.
    However, since flash memory devices have a limited read/write life I do a full system back up on DVD every 3 months, and back up all of my pictures on CD.

  • Cheryl Larimer

    I backup our photos to an external drive

  • Cheryl Larimer

    I backup our photos to an external drive

  • Cheryl Larimer

    I backup our photos to an external drive

  • Barry Hoerz

    I use a Maxtor One Touch back up. It's nice to have it set to back up everyday and just let it do its thing. After losing one hard drive without "bothering" to back up, I've learned my lesson the hard way!

  • Barry Hoerz

    I use a Maxtor One Touch back up. It's nice to have it set to back up everyday and just let it do its thing. After losing one hard drive without "bothering" to back up, I've learned my lesson the hard way!

  • Barry Hoerz

    I use a Maxtor One Touch back up. It's nice to have it set to back up everyday and just let it do its thing. After losing one hard drive without "bothering" to back up, I've learned my lesson the hard way!

  • Margaret Smith

    I'm ashamed to say that as of right now I do not have a backup system. We were just talking about having to start looking into backing up our files. Would love to win this. Thanks for this giveaway.

  • Margaret Smith

    I'm ashamed to say that as of right now I do not have a backup system. We were just talking about having to start looking into backing up our files. Would love to win this. Thanks for this giveaway.

  • Margaret Smith

    I'm ashamed to say that as of right now I do not have a backup system. We were just talking about having to start looking into backing up our files. Would love to win this. Thanks for this giveaway.

  • Elena

    My plan is the non-plan. I really need a backup solution! Thanks for the contest!

  • Elena

    My plan is the non-plan. I really need a backup solution! Thanks for the contest!

  • Elena

    My plan is the non-plan. I really need a backup solution! Thanks for the contest!

  • Andrew

    My current backup plan consists of copying all important files between my desktop and laptop computers.

  • Andrew

    My current backup plan consists of copying all important files between my desktop and laptop computers.

  • Andrew

    My current backup plan consists of copying all important files between my desktop and laptop computers.

  • I currently don't have a back up method and could really use one.

  • I currently don't have a back up method and could really use one.

  • I currently don't have a back up method and could really use one.

  • Edward Brophy, Jr.

    I don't have a back up plan.

  • Edward Brophy, Jr.

    I don't have a back up plan.

  • Edward Brophy, Jr.

    I don't have a back up plan.

  • michael woods

    I use a memory stick for small batches of files but other than that, nothing

  • michael woods

    I use a memory stick for small batches of files but other than that, nothing

  • michael woods

    I use a memory stick for small batches of files but other than that, nothing

  • Philip S.

    I use an 8GB for small important stuff, either than that nothing else, but i'm thinking of getting a 500GB external hard drive.

  • Philip S.

    I use an 8GB for small important stuff, either than that nothing else, but i'm thinking of getting a 500GB external hard drive.

  • Philip S.

    I use an 8GB for small important stuff, either than that nothing else, but i'm thinking of getting a 500GB external hard drive.

  • Connie Kimble-Amtower

    Even though I totally know better, I don't. That is specifically why I am crying right at this moment because my hard drive has just crashed and my computer will not boot. 🙁

  • Connie Kimble-Amtower

    Even though I totally know better, I don't. That is specifically why I am crying right at this moment because my hard drive has just crashed and my computer will not boot. 🙁

  • Connie Kimble-Amtower

    Even though I totally know better, I don't. That is specifically why I am crying right at this moment because my hard drive has just crashed and my computer will not boot. 🙁

  • Sam

    I run Time Machine on an external 80GB FW400 hard drive.

  • Sam

    I run Time Machine on an external 80GB FW400 hard drive.

  • Sam

    I run Time Machine on an external 80GB FW400 hard drive.

  • John Mizell

    I don’t have a backup

  • John Mizell

    I don’t have a backup

  • John Mizell

    I don’t have a backup

  • Mario Filipe

    My current backup consists of a three-layer system. My main computer consists of a tablet and I usually carry with me a portable harddrive (actually it's my old laptop drive that I replaced and bought an enclosure for it) to which I frequently backup my documents and pictures. At least once a week I synchronize all my documents and pics to my old desktop computer drive (which pretty much just works as a kind of NAS). Then every couple of months I make DVD backups of all the important stuff, label them with the date, file them and hope I'll never need them.

  • Mario Filipe

    My current backup consists of a three-layer system. My main computer consists of a tablet and I usually carry with me a portable harddrive (actually it's my old laptop drive that I replaced and bought an enclosure for it) to which I frequently backup my documents and pictures. At least once a week I synchronize all my documents and pics to my old desktop computer drive (which pretty much just works as a kind of NAS). Then every couple of months I make DVD backups of all the important stuff, label them with the date, file them and hope I'll never need them.

  • Mario Filipe

    My current backup consists of a three-layer system. My main computer consists of a tablet and I usually carry with me a portable harddrive (actually it's my old laptop drive that I replaced and bought an enclosure for it) to which I frequently backup my documents and pictures. At least once a week I synchronize all my documents and pics to my old desktop computer drive (which pretty much just works as a kind of NAS). Then every couple of months I make DVD backups of all the important stuff, label them with the date, file them and hope I'll never need them.

  • Gary Weller

    “I don’t have a backup plan”

  • Gary Weller

    “I don’t have a backup plan”

  • Gary Weller

    “I don’t have a backup plan”

  • christopher h

    i'm embarassed to admit, i don't have a backup plan

  • christopher h

    i'm embarassed to admit, i don't have a backup plan

  • christopher h

    i'm embarassed to admit, i don't have a backup plan

  • Jeffrey Beckett

    Irregular backup of some data directories to an external hard disk.

  • Jeffrey Beckett

    Irregular backup of some data directories to an external hard disk.

  • Jeffrey Beckett

    Irregular backup of some data directories to an external hard disk.

  • jeanne

    My husband and I share a freeagent external hard drive.

  • jeanne

    My husband and I share a freeagent external hard drive.

  • jeanne

    My husband and I share a freeagent external hard drive.

  • michael goff

    I burn it to CD.

  • michael goff

    I burn it to CD.

  • Tony Miller

    I actually don't have a back-up plan other than burning my music to DVD's.

  • Tony Miller

    I actually don't have a back-up plan other than burning my music to DVD's.

  • J Chaborek

    I back up my files on blank DVD-Rs. A backup hard drive would make this not only much simpler with better storage, but cheaper!

  • J Chaborek

    I back up my files on blank DVD-Rs. A backup hard drive would make this not only much simpler with better storage, but cheaper!

  • I have a backup plan, it's just not a very good one: an old hand-me-down external drive that works (80% of the time ....).

  • I back up online and/or on CDs/DVDs

  • I have a backup plan, it's just not a very good one: an old hand-me-down external drive that works (80% of the time ....).

  • I back up online and/or on CDs/DVDs

  • Randy T

    I usually burn a CD or DVD every once in awhile but I would love a way to back up more frequently.

  • Randy T

    I usually burn a CD or DVD every once in awhile but I would love a way to back up more frequently.

  • Tom

    no real backup plan - a problem especially when computer crashed recently.

  • Tom

    no real backup plan - a problem especially when computer crashed recently.

  • Tom

    no real backup plan - a problem especially when computer crashed recently.

  • When the motherboard in my older sister's laptop overheated and fried (from leaving it on a bed while turned on, which I warned her would do that), I took it apart and salvaged what I could from it...including a 2.5" 80GB IDE HDD. After that, all that was left for me to do was buy a USB External HDD Enclosure for like $10 and voila! Instant backup drive.

    I use Norton 360 (version 1) to semi-automatically backup all the files and folders I deem important. It's very convenient and it's saved my butt numerous times over. It automatically starts backing up new files whenever the computer is idle for about 30 minutes.

    I wouldn't recommend using N360 v2, however, as it backs up your files into compressed, unreadable files which can't be restored unless you use N360 v2 to do it, whereas v1 just stores the files whole, and with the same folder scheme they were initially in.

  • When the motherboard in my older sister's laptop overheated and fried (from leaving it on a bed while turned on, which I warned her would do that), I took it apart and salvaged what I could from it...including a 2.5" 80GB IDE HDD. After that, all that was left for me to do was buy a USB External HDD Enclosure for like $10 and voila! Instant backup drive.

    I use Norton 360 (version 1) to semi-automatically backup all the files and folders I deem important. It's very convenient and it's saved my butt numerous times over. It automatically starts backing up new files whenever the computer is idle for about 30 minutes.

    I wouldn't recommend using N360 v2, however, as it backs up your files into compressed, unreadable files which can't be restored unless you use N360 v2 to do it, whereas v1 just stores the files whole, and with the same folder scheme they were initially in.

  • Arif Lukito

    manual backup to external hdd and dvd

  • Arif Lukito

    manual backup to external hdd and dvd

  • Barbara

    I do not currently back up my data but would if I had an external drive.

  • Barbara

    I do not currently back up my data but would if I had an external drive.

  • Davis Baumung

    My backup plan is that i just back up what i can not get back. I use 2 8 gb flash drives which are with me every where i go. The second is box.net i upload all my pictures and different files there. I also get most of my pictures printed and then burn a dvd/cd (size dep) whit all the pictures from that shoot. Those then go in to an album with the dvd/cd encase i need to reprint them ever. Would love the external HD would make life a lot more efficient.

  • Davis Baumung

    My backup plan is that i just back up what i can not get back. I use 2 8 gb flash drives which are with me every where i go. The second is box.net i upload all my pictures and different files there. I also get most of my pictures printed and then burn a dvd/cd (size dep) whit all the pictures from that shoot. Those then go in to an album with the dvd/cd encase i need to reprint them ever. Would love the external HD would make life a lot more efficient.

  • 2 drives, 3 partitions, all backed up to an external drive weekly on different days. C: on Mondays, F: on Tuesdays, P: on Wednesdays. Eventually I plan on backing up important files, such as school work, to a remote location, just in case my drive here fries /me knocks on wood 😉

    One of the drives would be going to another computer in the house to back that one up, with the being used to expand my computer's backup solution.

  • 2 drives, 3 partitions, all backed up to an external drive weekly on different days. C:\ on Mondays, F:\ on Tuesdays, P:\ on Wednesdays. Eventually I plan on backing up important files, such as school work, to a remote location, just in case my drive here fries /me knocks on wood 😉

    One of the drives would be going to another computer in the house to back that one up, with the being used to expand my computer's backup solution.

  • Lisa

    I use external hard drives, but as a photographer they are fast to fill up!

  • Lisa

    I use external hard drives, but as a photographer they are fast to fill up!

  • Lisa

    I use external hard drives, but as a photographer they are fast to fill up!

  • Jeffrey W

    How do you backup your important data? Occasionally burn a CD with new data, usually every month or two.

  • Jeffrey W

    How do you backup your important data? Occasionally burn a CD with new data, usually every month or two.

  • Jeffrey W

    How do you backup your important data? Occasionally burn a CD with new data, usually every month or two.

  • Juan

    Let's see copy it to secondary hard drive on computer, then external and then DVDs. Also back em up on various sites that allow you to store files on them.

  • Juan

    Let's see copy it to secondary hard drive on computer, then external and then DVDs. Also back em up on various sites that allow you to store files on them.

  • Juan

    Let's see copy it to secondary hard drive on computer, then external and then DVDs. Also back em up on various sites that allow you to store files on them.

  • chastidy vernengo

    I don't but I really need to.

  • chastidy vernengo

    I don't but I really need to.

  • chastidy vernengo

    I don't but I really need to.

  • sgsnoopy

    Depending on the importance of data, they are being backed up to different media or to multiple media.

    Data that's being modified regularly are backed up to a thumbdrive.

    Data which aren't expected to change (such as PDF files) are backed up to an external hard disk (a Seagate 80GB external HDD). If they are important, these files will also be copied to another computer.

    Very important files will be backed up to a thumbdrive, an external hard disk, copied to another computer and uploaded to an online file hosting service (Mediafire).

  • sgsnoopy

    Depending on the importance of data, they are being backed up to different media or to multiple media.

    Data that's being modified regularly are backed up to a thumbdrive.

    Data which aren't expected to change (such as PDF files) are backed up to an external hard disk (a Seagate 80GB external HDD). If they are important, these files will also be copied to another computer.

    Very important files will be backed up to a thumbdrive, an external hard disk, copied to another computer and uploaded to an online file hosting service (Mediafire).

  • sgsnoopy

    Depending on the importance of data, they are being backed up to different media or to multiple media.

    Data that's being modified regularly are backed up to a thumbdrive.

    Data which aren't expected to change (such as PDF files) are backed up to an external hard disk (a Seagate 80GB external HDD). If they are important, these files will also be copied to another computer.

    Very important files will be backed up to a thumbdrive, an external hard disk, copied to another computer and uploaded to an online file hosting service (Mediafire).

  • Mitch Preston

    I don't have a backup plan... yet 😉

  • Mitch Preston

    I don't have a backup plan... yet 😉

  • Mitch Preston

    I don't have a backup plan... yet 😉

  • David Bertolo

    I have Norton 360 with 10 GB of storage.

  • David Bertolo

    I have Norton 360 with 10 GB of storage.

  • David Bertolo

    I have Norton 360 with 10 GB of storage.

  • Christina G.

    I don't have a backup plan!

  • Christina G.

    I don't have a backup plan!

  • Christina G.

    I don't have a backup plan!

  • Elizabeth Swanson

    I have the best intentions when it comes to backing up my data and have been known to copy my files onto CD (or floppies back in the dark ages). It would be nice to have a better way, though, as well as the motivation to get it done before something catastrophic happens to my hard drive -- which wouldn't be the first time!

  • Elizabeth Swanson

    I have the best intentions when it comes to backing up my data and have been known to copy my files onto CD (or floppies back in the dark ages). It would be nice to have a better way, though, as well as the motivation to get it done before something catastrophic happens to my hard drive -- which wouldn't be the first time!

  • Elizabeth Swanson

    I have the best intentions when it comes to backing up my data and have been known to copy my files onto CD (or floppies back in the dark ages). It would be nice to have a better way, though, as well as the motivation to get it done before something catastrophic happens to my hard drive -- which wouldn't be the first time!

  • Katherine Keller

    I back up my pics and music to cds. Very time consuming, but at least it's something.

  • Katherine Keller

    I back up my pics and music to cds. Very time consuming, but at least it's something.

  • Katherine Keller

    I back up my pics and music to cds. Very time consuming, but at least it's something.

  • Carol Lawrence

    I don't have a plan,help.

  • Carol Lawrence

    I don't have a plan,help.

  • Carol Lawrence

    I don't have a plan,help.

  • I usually backup to CD-R, DVD-R, or USB thumbdrive.

  • I usually backup to CD-R, DVD-R, or USB thumbdrive.

  • I usually backup to CD-R, DVD-R, or USB thumbdrive.

  • MR JACKSON

    I don't have a back up plan

  • MR JACKSON

    I don't have a back up plan

  • MR JACKSON

    I don't have a back up plan

  • Linda Anderson

    Burn to a CD. It is a job since I have to many images and photos.

  • Linda Anderson

    Burn to a CD. It is a job since I have to many images and photos.

  • Linda Anderson

    Burn to a CD. It is a job since I have to many images and photos.

  • Mitchell H

    I have 2 computers and back them up on each other. would love a formal system tho, thx!

  • Mitchell H

    I have 2 computers and back them up on each other. would love a formal system tho, thx!

  • Mitchell H

    I have 2 computers and back them up on each other. would love a formal system tho, thx!

  • Vimal Mathur

    i dont have any backup but winning this prize will surely help!!!

  • Vimal Mathur

    i dont have any backup but winning this prize will surely help!!!

  • Vimal Mathur

    i dont have any backup but winning this prize will surely help!!!

  • Cynthia C

    I have no backup plan. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Cynthia C

    I have no backup plan. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Cynthia C

    I have no backup plan. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Mike

    I'm currently using both Time Machine and SuperDuper! for backups, but I'm running out of space very quickly. This storage would definitely be put to good use.

  • Mike

    I'm currently using both Time Machine and SuperDuper! for backups, but I'm running out of space very quickly. This storage would definitely be put to good use.

  • Mike

    I'm currently using both Time Machine and SuperDuper! for backups, but I'm running out of space very quickly. This storage would definitely be put to good use.

  • Trish

    I'm embarrassed to say I do not have back up on my system. Dumb, I know.

  • Trish

    I'm embarrassed to say I do not have back up on my system. Dumb, I know.

  • Trish

    I'm embarrassed to say I do not have back up on my system. Dumb, I know.

  • RatHat

    By using my Acronis True Image.

  • RatHat

    By using my Acronis True Image.

  • RatHat

    By using my Acronis True Image.

  • RatHat

    By using my Acronis True Image software.

  • RatHat

    By using my Acronis True Image software.

  • RatHat

    By using my Acronis True Image software.

  • Carol G

    I don't have an organized back up plan, just put some things on CDs and some on thumb drives.

  • Carol G

    I don't have an organized back up plan, just put some things on CDs and some on thumb drives.

  • Carol G

    I don't have an organized back up plan, just put some things on CDs and some on thumb drives.

  • susan varney

    i don't have a back up plan

  • susan varney

    i don't have a back up plan

  • susan varney

    i don't have a back up plan

  • ky2here

    I have no backup plan - I know I'm an idiot. Help me.

  • ky2here

    I have no backup plan - I know I'm an idiot. Help me.

  • mike anderson

    I'm sad to say that I have no backup plan so I keep my fingers crossed.

  • mike anderson

    I'm sad to say that I have no backup plan so I keep my fingers crossed.

  • Jenn S.

    I usually just copy it to secondary hard drive every few months.

  • Jenn S.

    I usually just copy it to secondary hard drive every few months.

  • Garnet Leib

    I backup weekly to an external drive

  • Garnet Leib

    I backup weekly to an external drive

  • Lynn H

    Unfortunately, I do not have a regular backup routine...this is why a month ago when my computer crashed I lost my pictures, docs and music. I NEED A BETTER WAY!

  • Lynn H

    Unfortunately, I do not have a regular backup routine...this is why a month ago when my computer crashed I lost my pictures, docs and music. I NEED A BETTER WAY!

  • woodducksys

    I'm bad the only thing that gets backed up regularly is the digital photos.

    Occasionaly I backup files to DVD.

    I have considered setting up a Home Server but with the file corrruption issue with multiple drives I have been putting it off.

  • woodducksys

    I'm bad the only thing that gets backed up regularly is the digital photos.

    Occasionaly I backup files to DVD.

    I have considered setting up a Home Server but with the file corrruption issue with multiple drives I have been putting it off.

  • Leona P

    i dont have a backup plan

  • simone

    I currently use Carbonite and copy my really important files manually to an internal backup hard drive.

  • Leona P

    i dont have a backup plan

  • simone

    I currently use Carbonite and copy my really important files manually to an internal backup hard drive.

  • I don't have a back up plan. I wish I did, I am just not sure how.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  • I don't have a back up plan. I wish I did, I am just not sure how.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  • joe

    I backup weekly to an external drive as well as a network storage device

  • joe

    I backup weekly to an external drive as well as a network storage device

  • Robert Quackenbush

    I backup files that have changes to cd

  • Robert Quackenbush

    I backup files that have changes to cd

  • John OBrien

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • John OBrien

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • tawnda

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • tawnda

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Sushruta

    How do you backup your important data ?

    Answer :- I have a Seagate 40GB portable external HDD (ST940801U2-RK).I know it's too small for backing up my main HDD's data on it.So, i'm currently writing/backing up the data of my HDDs on blank DVD-Rs & the rest on this porable drive.

  • Sushruta

    How do you backup your important data ?

    Answer :- I have a Seagate 40GB portable external HDD (ST940801U2-RK).I know it's too small for backing up my main HDD's data on it.So, i'm currently writing/backing up the data of my HDDs on blank DVD-Rs & the rest on this porable drive.

  • tawnda

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Sushruta

    How do you backup your important data ?

    Answer :- I have a Seagate 40GB portable external HDD (ST940801U2-RK).I know it's too small for backing up my main HDD's data on it.So, i'm currently writing/backing up the data of my HDDs on blank DVD-Rs & the rest on this porable drive.

  • Suzanna Pickering

    SADLY I DO NOT HAVE ONE

  • Suzanna Pickering

    SADLY I DO NOT HAVE ONE

  • Suzanna Pickering

    SADLY I DO NOT HAVE ONE

  • Lori Downs

    my back up plan right now is everything is burned to a cd/dvd

  • Lori Downs

    my back up plan right now is everything is burned to a cd/dvd

  • Lori Downs

    my back up plan right now is everything is burned to a cd/dvd

  • Milo

    Using time machine to a tiny lacie drive

  • Milo

    Using time machine to a tiny lacie drive

  • Milo

    Using time machine to a tiny lacie drive

  • Candy H

    How do you backup your important data?
    Currently I backup my files on DVDs, but over the years my family and I have accumulated such a large amount of files it is becoming difficult to store everything on DVDs. Everytime it's taking us between 3 - 5 DVDs to store our data.

  • Candy H

    How do you backup your important data?
    Currently I backup my files on DVDs, but over the years my family and I have accumulated such a large amount of files it is becoming difficult to store everything on DVDs. Everytime it's taking us between 3 - 5 DVDs to store our data.

  • Candy H

    How do you backup your important data?
    Currently I backup my files on DVDs, but over the years my family and I have accumulated such a large amount of files it is becoming difficult to store everything on DVDs. Everytime it's taking us between 3 - 5 DVDs to store our data.

  • Raine

    I backup through uploading to ADrive and occasionally copying files to an external harddrive

  • Raine

    I backup through uploading to ADrive and occasionally copying files to an external harddrive

  • Raine

    I backup through uploading to ADrive and occasionally copying files to an external harddrive

  • Yo-Sing

    I backup with an external harddrive for documents and burning DVD for pictures/videos.

  • Yo-Sing

    I backup with an external harddrive for documents and burning DVD for pictures/videos.

  • Yo-Sing

    I backup with an external harddrive for documents and burning DVD for pictures/videos.

  • Kim H.

    I use a flash drive, but I'm sorry to say I don't back up my files as much as I think I should.

  • Kim H.

    I use a flash drive, but I'm sorry to say I don't back up my files as much as I think I should.

  • Kim H.

    I use a flash drive, but I'm sorry to say I don't back up my files as much as I think I should.

  • heat123

    I backup my data on a flash drive and on cd's. I backup all my documents and music on a flash drive and then on cd's. I also have a private network that I have the option to backup on to. I backup my data about 3 or 4 times a week.

  • heat123

    I backup my data on a flash drive and on cd's. I backup all my documents and music on a flash drive and then on cd's. I also have a private network that I have the option to backup on to. I backup my data about 3 or 4 times a week.

  • heat123

    I backup my data on a flash drive and on cd's. I backup all my documents and music on a flash drive and then on cd's. I also have a private network that I have the option to backup on to. I backup my data about 3 or 4 times a week.

  • Well for the longest time I had no back up plan so I lost a lot of valuable info,and pictures twice. So before external drives became popular I bought a cd burner so I could burn pictures, word doc etc… to cd’s. This worked for a while, but the cheap external cd burner I bought a few years ago has since stopped working, so I am actually in the market for an external drive 🙂

  • Paul Greenberg

    Still use the conventional CDs.

  • Paul Greenberg

    Still use the conventional CDs.

  • Paul Greenberg

    Still use the conventional CDs.

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  • Mark Arnold

    I sporadically save important documents to a back-up free standing hard disc drive, and if I'm feeling anxious, once in a while save documents to cd. Aside from work product, everything else (games, downloads, etc.)is expendable or replaceable.

  • Mark Arnold

    I sporadically save important documents to a back-up free standing hard disc drive, and if I'm feeling anxious, once in a while save documents to cd. Aside from work product, everything else (games, downloads, etc.)is expendable or replaceable.

  • Denyse

    I don't have a back up plan:(

  • Denyse

    I don't have a back up plan:(

  • Burn DVDs and export to multiple external drives. Already full and need more.

  • Burn DVDs and export to multiple external drives. Already full and need more.

  • Burn DVDs and export to multiple external drives. Already full and need more.

  • FishFearMe

    I, too, use plain ol' CD's for backup.

  • FishFearMe

    I, too, use plain ol' CD's for backup.

  • FishFearMe

    I, too, use plain ol' CD's for backup.

  • Anna Carello

    My husband and I both share one computer. He is a stickler for backing up data where I am really new and sort of a cluts at do's and don't's in computer use. But I'm learning!! If there is anything that I want backed up, we sit together once a week and he will back up data files on an "Iomega" disk drive. For larger files we need to save, he will put it to CD disk.

  • Anna Carello

    My husband and I both share one computer. He is a stickler for backing up data where I am really new and sort of a cluts at do's and don't's in computer use. But I'm learning!! If there is anything that I want backed up, we sit together once a week and he will back up data files on an "Iomega" disk drive. For larger files we need to save, he will put it to CD disk.

  • Anna Carello

    My husband and I both share one computer. He is a stickler for backing up data where I am really new and sort of a cluts at do's and don't's in computer use. But I'm learning!! If there is anything that I want backed up, we sit together once a week and he will back up data files on an "Iomega" disk drive. For larger files we need to save, he will put it to CD disk.

  • Aaron Bretveld

    I actually don't have any backup system right now, but I really don’t have anything on my laptop that I would be devastated to lose. I wouldn't be HAPPY of course to lose my laptop contents including all of my graphics, documents, or even email. My laptop is also full and I have been having trouble finding space to save things lately. This would be great to have so that I can actually back stuff up and have some space to save big files!

  • Aaron Bretveld

    I actually don't have any backup system right now, but I really don’t have anything on my laptop that I would be devastated to lose. I wouldn't be HAPPY of course to lose my laptop contents including all of my graphics, documents, or even email. My laptop is also full and I have been having trouble finding space to save things lately. This would be great to have so that I can actually back stuff up and have some space to save big files!

  • Aaron Bretveld

    I actually don't have any backup system right now, but I really don’t have anything on my laptop that I would be devastated to lose. I wouldn't be HAPPY of course to lose my laptop contents including all of my graphics, documents, or even email. My laptop is also full and I have been having trouble finding space to save things lately. This would be great to have so that I can actually back stuff up and have some space to save big files!

  • Horace

    I back data up on cd or dvd.

  • Horace

    I back data up on cd or dvd.

  • Horace

    I back data up on cd or dvd.

  • Jeffrey D Knight

    I keep a jump drive handy in case there's something I need to save.

  • Jeffrey D Knight

    I keep a jump drive handy in case there's something I need to save.

  • Jeffrey D Knight

    I keep a jump drive handy in case there's something I need to save.

  • Kate

    I will be honest. I don't really have a backup plan at this time. I keep meaning to get an external hard drive or something but money is always so tight these days and it just never happens.

  • Kate

    I will be honest. I don't really have a backup plan at this time. I keep meaning to get an external hard drive or something but money is always so tight these days and it just never happens.

  • Kate

    I will be honest. I don't really have a backup plan at this time. I keep meaning to get an external hard drive or something but money is always so tight these days and it just never happens.

  • Michele G

    I don't have a back-up plan

  • Michele G

    I don't have a back-up plan

  • Michele G

    I don't have a back-up plan

  • Amy Zachek

    i actually don't have a backup plan, which really sucks since my whole music collection is on my tiny internal hard drive. so if i loose everything, i'm SOL. i hope i win so i don't have to deal with this actually happening yet again.

  • Amy Zachek

    i actually don't have a backup plan, which really sucks since my whole music collection is on my tiny internal hard drive. so if i loose everything, i'm SOL. i hope i win so i don't have to deal with this actually happening yet again.

  • Amy Zachek

    i actually don't have a backup plan, which really sucks since my whole music collection is on my tiny internal hard drive. so if i loose everything, i'm SOL. i hope i win so i don't have to deal with this actually happening yet again.

  • Donna R.

    My backup is on other family members' computers. *LOL* Thanks for the contest.

  • Donna R.

    My backup is on other family members' computers. *LOL* Thanks for the contest.

  • Donna R.

    My backup is on other family members' computers. *LOL* Thanks for the contest.

  • andrew wilson

    i back my stuff up on DVD about every month

  • andrew wilson

    i back my stuff up on DVD about every month

  • andrew wilson

    i back my stuff up on DVD about every month

  • katie

    Just make a duplicate of that file. I also sometimes send it to another computer in my house and save it on there as well.

  • katie

    Just make a duplicate of that file. I also sometimes send it to another computer in my house and save it on there as well.

  • Catharine M

    Don't have a back up plan, but I have asked Santa (aka
    my husband) to put it at the top of my Christmas list.

  • Catharine M

    Don't have a back up plan, but I have asked Santa (aka
    my husband) to put it at the top of my Christmas list.

  • Trisha R.

    I don't have a backup plan! Now I realize how much I need one though.

  • Trisha R.

    I don't have a backup plan! Now I realize how much I need one though.

  • Fredrick

    All business data are backed-up on a freestanding hard disc and CD-r's. However, most of my family use data is not backed up at all (ie.. photo's, to do lists...)

  • Fredrick

    All business data are backed-up on a freestanding hard disc and CD-r's. However, most of my family use data is not backed up at all (ie.. photo's, to do lists...)

  • Zoltan Almasi

    I don't have a backup plan.

  • Zoltan Almasi

    I don't have a backup plan.

  • veronica sandberg

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • veronica sandberg

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Thomas

    I copy files to another HDD

  • Thomas

    I copy files to another HDD

  • Robin Farnsworth

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Robin Farnsworth

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • dn6511

    I don't have a backup plan

  • dn6511

    I don't have a backup plan

  • steven drews

    Man, I don't have a plan! But, I NEED ONE!

  • steven drews

    Man, I don't have a plan! But, I NEED ONE!

  • robert tankersley

    I use my home network backing up to diffrent computers files I don't want to lose and burning disk (dvd) and giving to my daughter to hold for me

  • robert tankersley

    I use my home network backing up to diffrent computers files I don't want to lose and burning disk (dvd) and giving to my daughter to hold for me

  • Wendy

    I back up as much as I can to a small external drive. I'd need one of these beauties to use Time Machine on my Mac and save everything.

  • Wendy

    I back up as much as I can to a small external drive. I'd need one of these beauties to use Time Machine on my Mac and save everything.

  • Sandy Anderson

    I use an external hard drive to backup my data as well as my laptop. Can't be too careful!

  • Sandy Anderson

    I use an external hard drive to backup my data as well as my laptop. Can't be too careful!

  • Rahul Jain

    I use Amazon S3 to backup my photos and videos and Mozy free edition to back up my documents for easy read/ write.

  • Rahul Jain

    I use Amazon S3 to backup my photos and videos and Mozy free edition to back up my documents for easy read/ write.

  • Linda Lansford

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Linda Lansford

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Dominik

    I use a 320GB HDD for my time machine backup and in addition to that, I backup all important data to another external hdd once each day. But to be honest, I'm running out of filespace, but who is not?

  • Dominik

    I use a 320GB HDD for my time machine backup and in addition to that, I backup all important data to another external hdd once each day. But to be honest, I'm running out of filespace, but who is not?

  • Dinah

    I don't have a back up plan.

  • Dinah

    I don't have a back up plan.

  • Winifred Gilmore

    I don't have a plan

  • Winifred Gilmore

    I don't have a plan

  • Wargames1983

    I compress it to a RAR file then burn it to a DVD

  • Wargames1983

    I compress it to a RAR file then burn it to a DVD

  • Varoon

    I back up my data using a combination of DVDs and CDs.I only back up documents and media

  • Lisa Cook

    I have a couple external hard drives and I back my data up every day.

  • Varoon

    I back up my data using a combination of DVDs and CDs.I only back up documents and media

  • Lisa Cook

    I have a couple external hard drives and I back my data up every day.

  • RollinTiger

    Honestly, I dont have one. I guess it'll serve me right when I end up losing everything digital that's important to me. Sad thought, really. I should know better. Maybe someone else is more deservng of this than me. Good luck to that person 🙂

  • RollinTiger

    Honestly, I dont have one. I guess it'll serve me right when I end up losing everything digital that's important to me. Sad thought, really. I should know better. Maybe someone else is more deservng of this than me. Good luck to that person 🙂

  • Jennifer B.

    I currently don't have a backup plan. I really need an external hard drive.

  • Jennifer B.

    I currently don't have a backup plan. I really need an external hard drive.

  • goodluckcadet

    How do you backup your important data?

    i make sure it takes all it's vitamins every morning before it leaves the house.

    .... and then hope it doesn't die on me. 🙁

  • goodluckcadet

    How do you backup your important data?

    i make sure it takes all it's vitamins every morning before it leaves the house.

    .... and then hope it doesn't die on me. 🙁

  • Susan Kieu

    I do not have a backup plan. I used to but my extra hard drives died.

  • Susan Kieu

    I do not have a backup plan. I used to but my extra hard drives died.

  • Tom Svinarich

    I burn to disc, but half of the program files won't reinstall that way

  • Tom Svinarich

    I burn to disc, but half of the program files won't reinstall that way

  • William Cole

    I have a couple of external drives for really important things.

  • William Cole

    I have a couple of external drives for really important things.

  • Andrew M

    Superduper! and time machine

  • Andrew M

    Superduper! and time machine

  • Takashi

    I would like to use time machine for all of my files, but I don't have the space to cover everything!

  • Takashi

    I would like to use time machine for all of my files, but I don't have the space to cover everything!

  • Nathan

    I usually burn important data to disc, but another drive would help!

  • Nathan

    I usually burn important data to disc, but another drive would help!

  • Misty

    I backup to an external hard drive

  • Misty

    I backup to an external hard drive

  • Milton Hicks

    I use a DVD-RW daily for personal data files. Seven disks for 7 days so I always have several days backup in case there is a problem.

  • Milton Hicks

    I use a DVD-RW daily for personal data files. Seven disks for 7 days so I always have several days backup in case there is a problem.

  • D. Martin

    I burn to cd/dvd to back up...but would love to win the external hard drive!

  • D. Martin

    I burn to cd/dvd to back up...but would love to win the external hard drive!

  • Jessica Epps

    I mainly use my laptop; so i back up my pictures onto my desktop. not necessarily the safest thing, but at least it is saved twice.

  • Jessica Epps

    I mainly use my laptop; so i back up my pictures onto my desktop. not necessarily the safest thing, but at least it is saved twice.

  • Dan Doherty

    No backup plan. I just restore.

  • Dan Doherty

    No backup plan. I just restore.

  • John Stetson

    I just use the Windows Livw OneCare backup.

  • John Stetson

    I just use the Windows Livw OneCare backup.

  • Edward A

    The most important data I have on my notebook is pictures of the children and grandchildren. I don't have a back-up plan yet. Hopefully, might win one in the future.

  • Edward A

    The most important data I have on my notebook is pictures of the children and grandchildren. I don't have a back-up plan yet. Hopefully, might win one in the future.

  • Anonymous

    I currently burn CDs of all my important data.

  • Joseph Stowell

    I currently burn CDs of all my important data.

  • Tobster

    My back-up plan is my husband -- he does all our data maintenance!

  • Tobster

    My back-up plan is my husband -- he does all our data maintenance!

  • Tom

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Tom

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Michael Capp

    I don't have a backup plan.

  • Michael Capp

    I don't have a backup plan.

  • Erica C.

    eek! I don't have a backup plan!

  • Erica C.

    eek! I don't have a backup plan!

  • brian

    I need this cause I'm afraid to delete anything. I just might need that file from 3 years ago.

  • brian

    I need this cause I'm afraid to delete anything. I just might need that file from 3 years ago.

  • Terri D

    I have just been using CD's.

  • Terri D

    I have just been using CD's.

  • stony

    I do not back up I need to have a way to do it

  • stony

    I do not back up I need to have a way to do it

  • I use my 30GB iPod video for backup my music and photo

  • I use my 30GB iPod video for backup my music and photo

  • I use my 30 iPod Video to backup my Music and Photo

  • I use my 30 iPod Video to backup my Music and Photo

  • krishna

    I use my dvd's to backup important data

  • krishna

    I use my dvd's to backup important data

  • Jimmy

    I use a USB drive and CD's to backup any data I need.

  • Christine Messer

    I back up my pictures on DVD...the rest of it is not backed up.
    Thanks for the contest!

  • Jimmy

    I use a USB drive and CD's to backup any data I need.

  • Christine Messer

    I back up my pictures on DVD...the rest of it is not backed up.
    Thanks for the contest!

  • Greg

    I don't really have a backup solution...I know I should and I've actually had my HD die on me when I first got my MacBook.

    Sometimes I will backup important school projects and photos to cd/dvd, but that's all I have for my emergency plan!

  • Greg

    I don't really have a backup solution...I know I should and I've actually had my HD die on me when I first got my MacBook.

    Sometimes I will backup important school projects and photos to cd/dvd, but that's all I have for my emergency plan!

  • Brian D.

    I wright it all down on paper lol I burn everything to disk but not as offten as I should

  • Brian D.

    I wright it all down on paper lol I burn everything to disk but not as offten as I should

  • Theo B

    I don't backup even though I should. I lost important data last year from a virus.

  • Theo B

    I don't backup even though I should. I lost important data last year from a virus.

  • Jari H

    I am one of the many sad ones that does not have a backup plan, maybe I will win and change that! Here's hoping!

  • Jari H

    I am one of the many sad ones that does not have a backup plan, maybe I will win and change that! Here's hoping!

  • Brian

    Though I'm not very good about it, I try to keep my files synchronized with a remote server over SSH, and keep immediate copies on a 4 GB flash drive, while older versions are put into a tar ball and stored in a stack of DVDs.

  • Brian

    Though I'm not very good about it, I try to keep my files synchronized with a remote server over SSH, and keep immediate copies on a 4 GB flash drive, while older versions are put into a tar ball and stored in a stack of DVDs.

  • TIMMY

    I use dvd's to backup important data.

  • TIMMY

    I use dvd's to backup important data.

  • joan

    donot havea back-up plan

  • joan

    donot havea back-up plan

  • djp

    do i have to do this?

  • djp

    do i have to do this?

  • David

    I don't have a backup plan.

  • David

    I don't have a backup plan.

  • Mia F

    I don't have a backup plan (should probably get one though)...

  • Mia F

    I don't have a backup plan (should probably get one though)...

  • Alex

    My backup plan is to simply try to copy all that I can from my computer to my email client.

    It's a good thing I have unlimited space!

  • Alex

    My backup plan is to simply try to copy all that I can from my computer to my email client.

    It's a good thing I have unlimited space!

  • Malc

    I simply back up all my data to double layer DVD+Rs once per week, keep program disks filed away and keep the web addresses for all the free programs I use. This way my data stays safe and though reinstalling an entire system takes time, this way I can start from a clean drive, if worst comes to worst.

  • Malc

    I simply back up all my data to double layer DVD+Rs once per week, keep program disks filed away and keep the web addresses for all the free programs I use. This way my data stays safe and though reinstalling an entire system takes time, this way I can start from a clean drive, if worst comes to worst.

  • i dont have a backup solution >.<

  • i dont have a backup solution >.<

  • Shawn McBee

    I don't have a backup plan, but sure could use one! I've had some really close calls lately, and no cash to prevent a catastrophic failure in the future.

  • Shawn McBee

    I don't have a backup plan, but sure could use one! I've had some really close calls lately, and no cash to prevent a catastrophic failure in the future.

  • Doreen

    I cross my fingers...

  • Doreen

    I cross my fingers...

  • Pauline Addis

    I use Time Machine (on Mac) to backup the whole computer settings and an external HDD for datas.

  • Pauline Addis

    I use Time Machine (on Mac) to backup the whole computer settings and an external HDD for datas.

  • Jon

    I currently back up on dvd-rom. I wish I had a large external to make it a lot easier

  • Jon

    I currently back up on dvd-rom. I wish I had a large external to make it a lot easier

  • Sylvia Belle

    I have an external back up and will back up on line in addition shortly.

  • Sylvia Belle

    I have an external back up and will back up on line in addition shortly.

  • fenzodahl512

    Okay.. To be honest, I'm a mobile person.. I travel a lot.. I have a laptop that already full with data (my hard disk is only 40gb).. And I depend on my 8gb thumbdrive, and DVDs for back-ups..

    I have loads of documents that I used in my daily life and most of it is stored inside the 8gb pendrive acting as my keychain.. That's include all the tools that I need to do logs at Geekstogo! I have to do some cleanup to my thumbdrive weekly.. Well, you can figure it out..

    Most of my pics and movies are cramped out inside my laptop, and the most important memories and data are burned in the DVD.. I have loads of DVDs that stays in my laptop bag all the time.. I would like to transfer all my pictures and data to a single huge external back-up storage.. That would helped me a lot and will make my life easier..

    So, long story short.. I either use my 8gb thumbdrive (for documents) or DVDs (pictures and movies) as my backup storage..

  • fenzodahl512

    Okay.. To be honest, I'm a mobile person.. I travel a lot.. I have a laptop that already full with data (my hard disk is only 40gb).. And I depend on my 8gb thumbdrive, and DVDs for back-ups..

    I have loads of documents that I used in my daily life and most of it is stored inside the 8gb pendrive acting as my keychain.. That's include all the tools that I need to do logs at Geekstogo! I have to do some cleanup to my thumbdrive weekly.. Well, you can figure it out..

    Most of my pics and movies are cramped out inside my laptop, and the most important memories and data are burned in the DVD.. I have loads of DVDs that stays in my laptop bag all the time.. I would like to transfer all my pictures and data to a single huge external back-up storage.. That would helped me a lot and will make my life easier..

    So, long story short.. I either use my 8gb thumbdrive (for documents) or DVDs (pictures and movies) as my backup storage..

  • I backup to my NAS on a weekly schedule.

  • I backup to my NAS on a weekly schedule.

  • Jean P

    My fiance's external hard drive.

  • Jean P

    My fiance's external hard drive.

  • Right now I just burn dvd-rs of my digital photos and videos about once every 3-4 months. I know it's not the best way to go but since I have no external HD it's the easiest way to go.

  • Right now I just burn dvd-rs of my digital photos and videos about once every 3-4 months. I know it's not the best way to go but since I have no external HD it's the easiest way to go.

  • I currently have a 250Gig eSata seagate drive that I manually back my files up to. In the past, I have used Mozy which I found really useful.

  • I currently have a 250Gig eSata seagate drive that I manually back my files up to. In the past, I have used Mozy which I found really useful.

  • Kerrie

    Unfortunately, i have managed to lose my important stuff many times.. I have lost photos with myself & Celebs and all.. have been truely devistated 🙁

    Now i just burn my images to cds

  • Kerrie

    Unfortunately, i have managed to lose my important stuff many times.. I have lost photos with myself & Celebs and all.. have been truely devistated 🙁

    Now i just burn my images to cds

  • scott Baird

    i use carbon copy cloner and a lacie external drive. could use a portable drive for offsite backups.

  • scott Baird

    i use carbon copy cloner and a lacie external drive. could use a portable drive for offsite backups.

  • Patrick Calderaz

    I used to backup every month until my Flux Capacitor, which powered my backup server, broke 🙁

    Ok seriously i just backup the important data to a 3rd hard drive. 🙂

  • Patrick Calderaz

    I used to backup every month until my Flux Capacitor, which powered my backup server, broke 🙁

    Ok seriously i just backup the important data to a 3rd hard drive. 🙂

  • I don't have a back-up plan.

  • Julie Nusbaum

    I back up my financial data to a diskette about once a month. I occasionally back some things up to a thumb drive, but those are only temporary saves. At least once a year, I burn all my important data onto a CD.

  • Julie Nusbaum

    I back up my financial data to a diskette about once a month. I occasionally back some things up to a thumb drive, but those are only temporary saves. At least once a year, I burn all my important data onto a CD.

  • cheryl penner

    seldom backup. Boy do I need this

  • cheryl penner

    seldom backup. Boy do I need this

  • jackiieee

    I back up on Sundays at 9pm to a 160gb (way too small!) gateway external usb hd.

  • jackiieee

    I back up on Sundays at 9pm to a 160gb (way too small!) gateway external usb hd.

  • Lisa Fosses

    “I don’t have a backup plan”

  • Lisa Fosses

    “I don’t have a backup plan”

  • Brad Murray

    I try and burn to disc when I can. It isn't nearly often enough though.

  • Brad Murray

    I try and burn to disc when I can. It isn't nearly often enough though.

  • Sandy

    I back up every 8 years or so, whether I need to or not, by getting a new computer and transferring the data over a period of 5 or 6 frustrating days where I try to convert or match applications, etc.

    Hmm.

  • Sandy

    I back up every 8 years or so, whether I need to or not, by getting a new computer and transferring the data over a period of 5 or 6 frustrating days where I try to convert or match applications, etc.

    Hmm.

  • If it's really important, I back it up on CD or DVD.

  • If it's really important, I back it up on CD or DVD.

  • Ken Robinson

    I have a nine year stack of backup cds and dvds piled on top of my computer. I need help. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  • Ken Robinson

    I have a nine year stack of backup cds and dvds piled on top of my computer. I need help. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  • storage hungry

    I use Retrospect on a PC to back up all my computers.

  • storage hungry

    I use Retrospect on a PC to back up all my computers.

  • Shannon

    I don't have a plan (although I know I need one).

  • Shannon

    I don't have a plan (although I know I need one).

  • Lori Walker

    I don't back up my data... the only thing I have extra copies of are pictures and those are on CD!

  • Lori Walker

    I don't back up my data... the only thing I have extra copies of are pictures and those are on CD!

  • Jim

    I burn sensitive things (bank statements, things with SSNs, etc) to CDs and load the rest to cloud storage (trusting in their encryption and redundancy).

  • Jim

    I burn sensitive things (bank statements, things with SSNs, etc) to CDs and load the rest to cloud storage (trusting in their encryption and redundancy).

  • tropico

    I use NTI Shadow to continuously backup my files.

  • tropico

    I use NTI Shadow to continuously backup my files.

  • Imadogg

    I just have a few DVDs, that's it.

  • Imadogg

    I just have a few DVDs, that's it.

  • Frilior

    I backup my data on dvds... i image my hdd every month in case something bad happens.

  • Frilior

    I backup my data on dvds... i image my hdd every month in case something bad happens.

  • Robert Doscher

    I don't have a backup plan.

    Cheers!

  • Robert Doscher

    I don't have a backup plan.

    Cheers!

  • Carl Gorney

    Unfortunately, I don't have a backup plan.

  • Carl Gorney

    Unfortunately, I don't have a backup plan.

  • leonardo t. platon

    through online storage and lots of cds

  • leonardo t. platon

    through online storage and lots of cds

  • Steve Louie

    I back up to another drive.

  • Steve Louie

    I back up to another drive.

  • Fidel

    I use windows homeserver which backs up my computers to how many harddrives i need to store all my data.

  • Fidel

    I use windows homeserver which backs up my computers to how many harddrives i need to store all my data.

  • Cindy a

    Time Machine to external hard drive.

  • Cindy a

    Time Machine to external hard drive.

  • Jean

    I am ashamed to say that I don't have a backup plan. A new year's resolution. My MAC is a disaster waiting to happen. Help.

  • Jean

    I am ashamed to say that I don't have a backup plan. A new year's resolution. My MAC is a disaster waiting to happen. Help.

  • Todd P

    I backup by updating my 250 gig external hard drive every month. Thank god for "date modified" info!

  • Todd P

    I backup by updating my 250 gig external hard drive every month. Thank god for "date modified" info!

  • The Admiral

    I copy my school folder with an xcopy script, and do a full hard drive clone onto an external drive using DriveImageXML before I do something big, like uninstall a bunch of programs or clean off my hard drive. I also have an automated online backup of My Documents using Dell DataSafe Online.

  • The Admiral

    I copy my school folder with an xcopy script, and do a full hard drive clone onto an external drive using DriveImageXML before I do something big, like uninstall a bunch of programs or clean off my hard drive. I also have an automated online backup of My Documents using Dell DataSafe Online.

  • eli2k

    My rudimentary backup plan at the moment is to copy important documents every half year onto an external drive I keep around, so that's two copies around.

  • eli2k

    My rudimentary backup plan at the moment is to copy important documents every half year onto an external drive I keep around, so that's two copies around.

  • paul m.

    How do you backup your important data?
    I backup to two external Western Digital hard drives. But only backup my personal digital pictures.

  • paul m.

    How do you backup your important data?
    I backup to two external Western Digital hard drives. But only backup my personal digital pictures.

  • I have an external bigger capacity hard drive where i save a copy of all my files. I normally do this once a week since i prefer manual back-up because i am in moreover my laptop.

  • I have an external bigger capacity hard drive where i save a copy of all my files. I normally do this once a week since i prefer manual back-up because i am in moreover my laptop.

  • i have never backed anything but a truck i didnt realize you could back up a computer i will have to check into it i have lost alot of data in the past cause i didnt know any better

  • i have never backed anything but a truck i didnt realize you could back up a computer i will have to check into it i have lost alot of data in the past cause i didnt know any better

  • John Regg

    I currently do not have a back-up. Unfortunately I just lost alor of my documents when I had to reformat my drive. I'm tracking down some of my documents now.

  • John Regg

    I currently do not have a back-up. Unfortunately I just lost alor of my documents when I had to reformat my drive. I'm tracking down some of my documents now.

  • Michael Hong

    yikes, i don't really have a backup plan. i have stuff packed into several smaller drives... i really need some elbow room to get things organized so i can avoid inevitable disaster.

  • Michael Hong

    yikes, i don't really have a backup plan. i have stuff packed into several smaller drives... i really need some elbow room to get things organized so i can avoid inevitable disaster.

  • Cindy Phillips

    I backup to DVD. Not frequently enough though.

  • Cindy Phillips

    I backup to DVD. Not frequently enough though.

  • Steve

    Multiple external hard drives for now.

  • Steve

    Multiple external hard drives for now.

  • Wilson C

    I currently back up my documents and other important files on my external harddrive, usb, and on google docs account for word docs. In the past, I have also stored things such as photos on cds, but that takes a lot of time and preparation.

    Thanks for the opportunity. Peace.

  • Wilson C

    I currently back up my documents and other important files on my external harddrive, usb, and on google docs account for word docs. In the past, I have also stored things such as photos on cds, but that takes a lot of time and preparation.

    Thanks for the opportunity. Peace.

  • Jegatheez

    Before,I used to back up in CDs and DVDs,Organizing the burned data was very difficult to me when I get related data to be kept together in a already burned DVDs.

    Now I am using Seagate external hard drive 500 GB, Its very good for me, but unfortunately its also in filled condition (95 % filled),need to buy another.

  • Jegatheez

    Before,I used to back up in CDs and DVDs,Organizing the burned data was very difficult to me when I get related data to be kept together in a already burned DVDs.

    Now I am using Seagate external hard drive 500 GB, Its very good for me, but unfortunately its also in filled condition (95 % filled),need to buy another.

  • Paul Taylor

    I use Microsoft's SyncToy to sync/backup files to an external HDD. Works very well and is clever enough not to kill important files when synching.

  • Paul Taylor

    I use Microsoft's SyncToy to sync/backup files to an external HDD. Works very well and is clever enough not to kill important files when synching.

  • J Wang

    I have a 500gb maxtor onetouch, but it's filling up fast with photos.

  • J Wang

    I have a 500gb maxtor onetouch, but it's filling up fast with photos.

  • Svetoslav Georgiev

    I don't have actual backup plan really!
    Most of the times I'm just writing some DVD's with the most important data...

  • Svetoslav Georgiev

    I don't have actual backup plan really!
    Most of the times I'm just writing some DVD's with the most important data...

  • Kurt Frank

    I used to use DVDs but they took forever and I always let it slip, so I've moved to a hard drive only methodology.

    My backup system now consists of a 3-layer defense-in-depth strategy.

    1st level: I have a RAID 10 array in my PC (performance + redundancy but at higher cost).

    2nd level: As I have a home network I have scheduled the following batch file to be run by the Administrator account at 4am every Tuesday morning.

    Copy C:BackupLog.txt D:BackupLog.txt
    LogOff 0
    LogOff 1
    LogOff 2
    ChkDsk D: /x >C:BackupLog.txt
    Xcopy D:My_Documents \Evil-K8NSShare_DataKurt_Docs /d /e /v /y >>C:BackupLog.txt
    Xcopy "C:Documents and SettingsKurtApplication DataMozilla" \Evil-K8NSShare_DataKurt_Mozilla /d /e /v /y >>C:BackupLog.txt
    Defrag C: >>C:BackupLog.txt
    Defrag D: >>C:BackupLog.txt
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%Spybot - Search & DestroySpybotSD.exe" /taskbarhide /autoupdate /autoimmunize /autocheck /autofix /autoclose >>C:BackupLog.txt

    3rd level: I have an additional 1TB drive that I bring home from work and update once a month on the day before patch Wednesday.

  • Kurt Frank

    I used to use DVDs but they took forever and I always let it slip, so I've moved to a hard drive only methodology.

    My backup system now consists of a 3-layer defense-in-depth strategy.

    1st level: I have a RAID 10 array in my PC (performance + redundancy but at higher cost).

    2nd level: As I have a home network I have scheduled the following batch file to be run by the Administrator account at 4am every Tuesday morning.

    Copy C:\BackupLog.txt D:\BackupLog.txt
    LogOff 0
    LogOff 1
    LogOff 2
    ChkDsk D: /x >C:\BackupLog.txt
    Xcopy D:\My_Documents \\Evil-K8NS\Share_Data\Kurt_Docs /d /e /v /y >>C:\BackupLog.txt
    Xcopy "C:\Documents and Settings\Kurt\Application Data\Mozilla" \\Evil-K8NS\Share_Data\Kurt_Mozilla /d /e /v /y >>C:\BackupLog.txt
    Defrag C: >>C:\BackupLog.txt
    Defrag D: >>C:\BackupLog.txt
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" /taskbarhide /autoupdate /autoimmunize /autocheck /autofix /autoclose >>C:\BackupLog.txt

    3rd level: I have an additional 1TB drive that I bring home from work and update once a month on the day before patch Wednesday.

  • I have a second hard drive that I put data onto. Otherwise I don't have a backup plan.

  • I have a second hard drive that I put data onto. Otherwise I don't have a backup plan.

  • Braden

    I currently use a 500 GB Seagate FreeAgent (last year's edition) in one house and a 80 GB Western Digital (for really important pics, etc.) in my parent's house.

  • Braden

    I currently use a 500 GB Seagate FreeAgent (last year's edition) in one house and a 80 GB Western Digital (for really important pics, etc.) in my parent's house.

  • Frick

    I had a plan and it worked great until the drive died and left me amone again. Sure would like to bring home a new friend.

  • Frick

    I had a plan and it worked great until the drive died and left me amone again. Sure would like to bring home a new friend.

  • Jaxim

    I currently backup my data to a 2nd internal hard drive. But that drive is fast getting full. This Seagate drive would help me store the data that I currently can;t backup because the data is too large.

  • Jaxim

    I currently backup my data to a 2nd internal hard drive. But that drive is fast getting full. This Seagate drive would help me store the data that I currently can;t backup because the data is too large.

  • Jaxim

    I currently backup my data to a 2nd internal hard drive. But that drive is fast getting full. This Seagate drive would help me store the data that I currently can;t backup because the data is too large.

  • Jarrod

    I actually have an external harddrive connected to my PC, but I haven't set it up yet for automatic backups.

  • Jarrod

    I actually have an external harddrive connected to my PC, but I haven't set it up yet for automatic backups.

  • Jarrod

    I actually have an external harddrive connected to my PC, but I haven't set it up yet for automatic backups.

  • trish

    No real plan...see why I need to win this?

  • trish

    No real plan...see why I need to win this?

  • trish

    No real plan...see why I need to win this?

  • David

    I have a 120GB drive backing up my 200GB laptop. In other words, right now I have to be very selective of of what gets backed up.

    Oh, and I should probably mention that the drive has been dropped once. Still appears to be working, but I am not entirely confident in it.

    Anything crucial gets backed up to DVD also.

  • David

    I have a 120GB drive backing up my 200GB laptop. In other words, right now I have to be very selective of of what gets backed up.

    Oh, and I should probably mention that the drive has been dropped once. Still appears to be working, but I am not entirely confident in it.

    Anything crucial gets backed up to DVD also.

  • David

    I have a 120GB drive backing up my 200GB laptop. In other words, right now I have to be very selective of of what gets backed up.

    Oh, and I should probably mention that the drive has been dropped once. Still appears to be working, but I am not entirely confident in it.

    Anything crucial gets backed up to DVD also.

  • keith

    My current backup plan is this:
    Firstly, a prayer to merciful Minerva that nothing will ever go wrong with my laptop and that it will never get stolen or damaged, despite the amount of travelling I do.
    Secondly, if anything should ever go wrong, God forbid, I would check that all my music and photos are still on A-drive, where I deposited them for free several months ago and then completely forgot about. I would, of course, lose anything added to my laptop since I uploaded them, but there you go.
    Thirdly, I would root out the DVDs to which I copied the same music and photos, just in case. I'm pretty sure I backed them up properly...Once again, anything added in the past half year would be lost.

    So, I think I have most of the things that I would hate to lose backed up, even if it is in a rather half-arsed fashion. Whether I still have the registration numbers for various software I'm running, I couldn't say for sure. Either way, it would be annoying to have to search out and download the relevant software that it has taken me a while to put together from various free offers. (I wonder where those registration numbers are?)

    If I had a genuinely safe backup I would, for the first time in my life, do a Dell System Restore. I think I have accumulated so much trash over the years, both in the registry and everywhere else, that the thought of having my laptop back to its pristine condition is really very attractive. This time I would know how to look after it from the get-go, not like when I first got it. Until now I have never dared try a system restore, just in case something goes horribly wrong, A-Drive goes bust on the same day and my backup DVDs turn out to contain only error messages.

    More than anything, having an external drive big enough to take not only a copy of the contents of my own laptop, but also perhaps a copy of my mum's and girlfriend's computers as well, would make me feel less nervous about my amateurish attempts to make either of them load in less than 20 minutes on startup.

  • keith

    My current backup plan is this:
    Firstly, a prayer to merciful Minerva that nothing will ever go wrong with my laptop and that it will never get stolen or damaged, despite the amount of travelling I do.
    Secondly, if anything should ever go wrong, God forbid, I would check that all my music and photos are still on A-drive, where I deposited them for free several months ago and then completely forgot about. I would, of course, lose anything added to my laptop since I uploaded them, but there you go.
    Thirdly, I would root out the DVDs to which I copied the same music and photos, just in case. I'm pretty sure I backed them up properly...Once again, anything added in the past half year would be lost.

    So, I think I have most of the things that I would hate to lose backed up, even if it is in a rather half-arsed fashion. Whether I still have the registration numbers for various software I'm running, I couldn't say for sure. Either way, it would be annoying to have to search out and download the relevant software that it has taken me a while to put together from various free offers. (I wonder where those registration numbers are?)

    If I had a genuinely safe backup I would, for the first time in my life, do a Dell System Restore. I think I have accumulated so much trash over the years, both in the registry and everywhere else, that the thought of having my laptop back to its pristine condition is really very attractive. This time I would know how to look after it from the get-go, not like when I first got it. Until now I have never dared try a system restore, just in case something goes horribly wrong, A-Drive goes bust on the same day and my backup DVDs turn out to contain only error messages.

    More than anything, having an external drive big enough to take not only a copy of the contents of my own laptop, but also perhaps a copy of my mum's and girlfriend's computers as well, would make me feel less nervous about my amateurish attempts to make either of them load in less than 20 minutes on startup.

  • keith

    My current backup plan is this:
    Firstly, a prayer to merciful Minerva that nothing will ever go wrong with my laptop and that it will never get stolen or damaged, despite the amount of travelling I do.
    Secondly, if anything should ever go wrong, God forbid, I would check that all my music and photos are still on A-drive, where I deposited them for free several months ago and then completely forgot about. I would, of course, lose anything added to my laptop since I uploaded them, but there you go.
    Thirdly, I would root out the DVDs to which I copied the same music and photos, just in case. I'm pretty sure I backed them up properly...Once again, anything added in the past half year would be lost.

    So, I think I have most of the things that I would hate to lose backed up, even if it is in a rather half-arsed fashion. Whether I still have the registration numbers for various software I'm running, I couldn't say for sure. Either way, it would be annoying to have to search out and download the relevant software that it has taken me a while to put together from various free offers. (I wonder where those registration numbers are?)

    If I had a genuinely safe backup I would, for the first time in my life, do a Dell System Restore. I think I have accumulated so much trash over the years, both in the registry and everywhere else, that the thought of having my laptop back to its pristine condition is really very attractive. This time I would know how to look after it from the get-go, not like when I first got it. Until now I have never dared try a system restore, just in case something goes horribly wrong, A-Drive goes bust on the same day and my backup DVDs turn out to contain only error messages.

    More than anything, having an external drive big enough to take not only a copy of the contents of my own laptop, but also perhaps a copy of my mum's and girlfriend's computers as well, would make me feel less nervous about my amateurish attempts to make either of them load in less than 20 minutes on startup.

  • Bebe

    I backup my photos onto an external hard drive

  • Bebe

    I backup my photos onto an external hard drive

  • Bebe

    I backup my photos onto an external hard drive

  • Anna J Belk

    I back up my data to a 500 Gb Firewire drive.

  • Anna J Belk

    I back up my data to a 500 Gb Firewire drive.

  • Anna J Belk

    I back up my data to a 500 Gb Firewire drive.

  • B.D.

    When I think to backup my data, I use CDs and DVDs. Using an external hard drive would be so much easier, though, IMO, so I'd love a new FreeAgent drive!

  • B.D.

    When I think to backup my data, I use CDs and DVDs. Using an external hard drive would be so much easier, though, IMO, so I'd love a new FreeAgent drive!

  • B.D.

    When I think to backup my data, I use CDs and DVDs. Using an external hard drive would be so much easier, though, IMO, so I'd love a new FreeAgent drive!

  • Mark

    I backup my important data by rsync'ing it to another computer + backing up to dvd media.

  • Mark

    I backup my important data by rsync'ing it to another computer + backing up to dvd media.

  • Mark

    I backup my important data by rsync'ing it to another computer + backing up to dvd media.

  • handhfan

    I normally store files on separate hard disks, so if one drive fails for one reason or another, I have a second copy on another drive.

  • handhfan

    I normally store files on separate hard disks, so if one drive fails for one reason or another, I have a second copy on another drive.

  • handhfan

    I normally store files on separate hard disks, so if one drive fails for one reason or another, I have a second copy on another drive.

  • Kathleen

    I don't backup now that my son made off with my hard drive.

  • Kathleen

    I don't backup now that my son made off with my hard drive.

  • Kathleen

    I don't backup now that my son made off with my hard drive.

  • Steve

    I have an ~150gb external hard drive that I occasionally add some files on, but I don't really keep an up-to-date backup of everything anywhere.

  • Steve

    I have an ~150gb external hard drive that I occasionally add some files on, but I don't really keep an up-to-date backup of everything anywhere.

  • Steve

    I have an ~150gb external hard drive that I occasionally add some files on, but I don't really keep an up-to-date backup of everything anywhere.

  • Ken

    My back up plan is scattered.
    Mostly I am backing up family pictures and video.
    I have a bunch of stuff on CDs, and DVDs. I've started putting stuff from the last two years on line. I have two sites I've started storing stuff, so the most recent goes, and I have enough room (and time) to have about the last two years saved.
    I have a small external HD, but not enough to keep much there.
    I also don't have many of my installed apps for my PC or WM device saved. I have some stuff saved in my Google Docs, but nothing critical.

  • Ken

    My back up plan is scattered.
    Mostly I am backing up family pictures and video.
    I have a bunch of stuff on CDs, and DVDs. I've started putting stuff from the last two years on line. I have two sites I've started storing stuff, so the most recent goes, and I have enough room (and time) to have about the last two years saved.
    I have a small external HD, but not enough to keep much there.
    I also don't have many of my installed apps for my PC or WM device saved. I have some stuff saved in my Google Docs, but nothing critical.

  • Ken

    My back up plan is scattered.
    Mostly I am backing up family pictures and video.
    I have a bunch of stuff on CDs, and DVDs. I've started putting stuff from the last two years on line. I have two sites I've started storing stuff, so the most recent goes, and I have enough room (and time) to have about the last two years saved.
    I have a small external HD, but not enough to keep much there.
    I also don't have many of my installed apps for my PC or WM device saved. I have some stuff saved in my Google Docs, but nothing critical.

  • Kevin Milcic

    I have a 500g external hard drive that I occassionally do back ups on.

  • Kevin Milcic

    I have a 500g external hard drive that I occassionally do back ups on.

  • Xuchen Zhang

    I backup by buying expensive hard disks! 😛

  • Xuchen Zhang

    I backup by buying expensive hard disks! 😛

  • Will

    I currently have a couple of ext HDs that I use, but they are not big enough to hold a computer image of my setup, so I am forced to pick and choose what "deserves" a backup. This extra space will ensure that I am properly protected.

  • Will

    I currently have a couple of ext HDs that I use, but they are not big enough to hold a computer image of my setup, so I am forced to pick and choose what "deserves" a backup. This extra space will ensure that I am properly protected.

  • Dave

    I back-up my important files to DVD-Rom. Storage drives would be nice, but they are so expensive. Thank you for the great give-away.

  • Dave

    I back-up my important files to DVD-Rom. Storage drives would be nice, but they are so expensive. Thank you for the great give-away.

  • Dave

    I back-up my important files to DVD-Rom. Storage drives would be nice, but they are so expensive. Thank you for the great give-away.

  • Bfree

    I backup to an external hard-drive that is then mirrored to another external hard-drive just in case.

  • Bfree

    I backup to an external hard-drive that is then mirrored to another external hard-drive just in case.

  • Bfree

    I backup to an external hard-drive that is then mirrored to another external hard-drive just in case.

  • Eric Miller

    I primarily use Time Machine for backups, but I've used WinClone and Super Duper! as well.

  • Eric Miller

    I primarily use Time Machine for backups, but I've used WinClone and Super Duper! as well.

  • Eric Miller

    I primarily use Time Machine for backups, but I've used WinClone and Super Duper! as well.

  • Leigh

    I currently back up to a small external 160GB drive via Time Machine.

  • Leigh

    I currently back up to a small external 160GB drive via Time Machine.

  • Leigh

    I currently back up to a small external 160GB drive via Time Machine.

  • luke

    i backup my files by:

    1:going to mycomputer
    2:right clicking on local disk c
    3:selecting properties
    4:selecting tools tab
    5:scroling down to backup now

    then i save my backup to my memory stick

  • luke

    i backup my files by:

    1:going to mycomputer
    2:right clicking on local disk c
    3:selecting properties
    4:selecting tools tab
    5:scroling down to backup now

    then i save my backup to my memory stick

  • luke

    i backup my files by:

    1:going to mycomputer
    2:right clicking on local disk c
    3:selecting properties
    4:selecting tools tab
    5:scroling down to backup now

    then i save my backup to my memory stick

  • Emily

    external drives and cdr

  • Emily

    external drives and cdr

  • Emily

    external drives and cdr

  • Andrew Gordon

    I burn onto DVDs

  • Andrew Gordon

    I burn onto DVDs

  • Andrew Gordon

    I burn onto DVDs

  • Presently I double-click a script which rdiff-backups my data to an external drive. The current problem is that the drive is too small so I can only keep a short duration of backups. Anything too old has to be deleted as it just doesn't fit :(.

  • Presently I double-click a script which rdiff-backups my data to an external drive. The current problem is that the drive is too small so I can only keep a short duration of backups. Anything too old has to be deleted as it just doesn't fit :(.

  • Presently I double-click a script which rdiff-backups my data to an external drive. The current problem is that the drive is too small so I can only keep a short duration of backups. Anything too old has to be deleted as it just doesn't fit :(.

  • Sevastos

    I'm using a web server and a 4GB usb flash stick, sucks 😛

  • Sevastos

    I'm using a web server and a 4GB usb flash stick, sucks 😛

  • Sevastos

    I'm using a web server and a 4GB usb flash stick, sucks 😛

  • Brandon Young

    Well, I wasn't using a backup plan and boy did I learn my lesson. My computer crashed and I lost everything.
    Now I have been backing up my computer using cds. Not the fastest way but at least I have my information saved.

  • Brandon Young

    Well, I wasn't using a backup plan and boy did I learn my lesson. My computer crashed and I lost everything.
    Now I have been backing up my computer using cds. Not the fastest way but at least I have my information saved.

  • Brandon Young

    Well, I wasn't using a backup plan and boy did I learn my lesson. My computer crashed and I lost everything.
    Now I have been backing up my computer using cds. Not the fastest way but at least I have my information saved.

  • David

    i basically have a 1gb flash drive for back up files but i use that just to take files to school. other then that, no backup plan.

  • David

    i basically have a 1gb flash drive for back up files but i use that just to take files to school. other then that, no backup plan.

  • David

    i basically have a 1gb flash drive for back up files but i use that just to take files to school. other then that, no backup plan.

  • We currently back up our website on our share drive but we need to back everything up in a different way. This would help uur not for proffit website!!

  • We currently back up our website on our share drive but we need to back everything up in a different way. This would help uur not for proffit website!!

  • We currently back up our website on our share drive but we need to back everything up in a different way. This would help uur not for proffit website!!

  • Christian Brothers

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Christian Brothers

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Christian Brothers

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Justin G

    Yeah, being that my motherboard crashed, and I almost lost all my data because I had an old scsi drive (couldn't find an enclosure), I know have software that automatically backs up my data to an old hard drive that's going to crap out on me. 5 years and you need to pony up for a new HD people!

  • Justin G

    Yeah, being that my motherboard crashed, and I almost lost all my data because I had an old scsi drive (couldn't find an enclosure), I know have software that automatically backs up my data to an old hard drive that's going to crap out on me. 5 years and you need to pony up for a new HD people!

  • Justin G

    Yeah, being that my motherboard crashed, and I almost lost all my data because I had an old scsi drive (couldn't find an enclosure), I know have software that automatically backs up my data to an old hard drive that's going to crap out on me. 5 years and you need to pony up for a new HD people!

  • Alan Huestis

    I don't have a system to back up

  • Alan Huestis

    I don't have a system to back up

  • Alan Huestis

    I don't have a system to back up

  • Dan Smith

    I don't have a back up method

  • Dan Smith

    I don't have a back up method

  • Dan Smith

    I don't have a back up method

  • Susan Smith

    I don't have a back up plan

  • Susan Smith

    I don't have a back up plan

  • Susan Smith

    I don't have a back up plan

  • Jacob LaFountaine

    Burn a DVD

  • Jacob LaFountaine

    Burn a DVD

  • Jacob LaFountaine

    Burn a DVD

  • sunny

    no backup plan!

  • sunny

    no backup plan!

  • sunny

    no backup plan!

  • Denis

    I currently backup my data to DVDs

  • Denis

    I currently backup my data to DVDs

  • Denis

    I currently backup my data to DVDs

  • Kim

    I put it on a spare partition or burn it to DVD

  • Kim

    I put it on a spare partition or burn it to DVD

  • Kim

    I put it on a spare partition or burn it to DVD

  • Sandra Monical

    Um Backup Plan? Uhhh - I'd cry a lot..

  • Sandra Monical

    Um Backup Plan? Uhhh - I'd cry a lot..

  • DeviousTrap

    I have an extensive backup plan that cannot be revealed because of industry trade secrets. Revealing it would compromise the security of many entities.

  • DeviousTrap

    I have an extensive backup plan that cannot be revealed because of industry trade secrets. Revealing it would compromise the security of many entities.

  • Jais George

    My current backup plan for my computer is storing my valuable data in cds and dvds.he most devastating loss will be the loss of my family photos and movies collection which i had struggled a lot to collect, storing them in the form of dvds or cds is not affordable and also hurts me a lot when the dvds gets damaged . I have lost my valuable dats only once due to HDD faliure. And lost a lot of money and time to collect them back and doesnot got all of them back

  • Jais George

    My current backup plan for my computer is storing my valuable data in cds and dvds.he most devastating loss will be the loss of my family photos and movies collection which i had struggled a lot to collect, storing them in the form of dvds or cds is not affordable and also hurts me a lot when the dvds gets damaged . I have lost my valuable dats only once due to HDD faliure. And lost a lot of money and time to collect them back and doesnot got all of them back

  • Johns Mathew

    Basically I don't backup data as I doesn't have a backup media. I was wanting for one. It would be very helpful if I get the Seagate hard drive

    God bless you and me

  • Johns Mathew

    Basically I don't backup data as I doesn't have a backup media. I was wanting for one. It would be very helpful if I get the Seagate hard drive

    God bless you and me

  • The only files I actually back-up are pictures and programs I have made in python. I back them up on my second hard drive which is a Samsung (640GB). Recently I actually had to buy a new hard drive because my old one failed and only then I realized I had way to few backups.

    Regards,
    Olrik

  • The only files I actually back-up are pictures and programs I have made in python. I back them up on my second hard drive which is a Samsung (640GB). Recently I actually had to buy a new hard drive because my old one failed and only then I realized I had way to few backups.

    Regards,
    Olrik

  • Wes

    I lost my resume (just finished updating it, and hadn’t sent it out yet) along with a bunch of photos of my best friends wedding after a power outage fried my power supply, which then took out my hard drive. It was a little disappointing. Now, I keep all of my pictures and important documents on my hard drive as well as thumb drives. This would go a long ways toward solving the problem of trying to figure out what files are on what thumb drive. I could put it all in one place.

  • Wes

    I lost my resume (just finished updating it, and hadn’t sent it out yet) along with a bunch of photos of my best friends wedding after a power outage fried my power supply, which then took out my hard drive. It was a little disappointing. Now, I keep all of my pictures and important documents on my hard drive as well as thumb drives. This would go a long ways toward solving the problem of trying to figure out what files are on what thumb drive. I could put it all in one place.

  • Fowl

    “I don’t have a backup plan”

  • Fowl

    “I don’t have a backup plan”

  • Justin

    I use usb "thumb" drives, sd cards, and a usb hard drive for the irreplaceable things like pictures ect. I will admit I am a little bit of a slacker when it comes to backups. Honestly I don't really have anything on my computer that is irreplaceable even tho it's . And as such I'm currently having to spend a lot of time replacing things and storing them on alternative media (using my parents laptop) As my computer was stolen in october.

  • Justin

    I use usb "thumb" drives, sd cards, and a usb hard drive for the irreplaceable things like pictures ect. I will admit I am a little bit of a slacker when it comes to backups. Honestly I don't really have anything on my computer that is irreplaceable even tho it's . And as such I'm currently having to spend a lot of time replacing things and storing them on alternative media (using my parents laptop) As my computer was stolen in october.

  • Erin Della Puca

    I don't have a backup plan ; My brother yells at me for it.

  • Erin Della Puca

    I don't have a backup plan ;\ My brother yells at me for it.

  • Anthony D.

    I don't have a back plan either.

  • Anthony D.

    I don't have a back plan either.

  • Mark Richardson

    I use a RAID setup. Maybe not a "backup" in the tech sense but it works... kinda...

  • Mark Richardson

    I use a RAID setup. Maybe not a "backup" in the tech sense but it works... kinda...

  • dexter

    actually, i have no back-up plan of action...but considering the fact that i've lost entire hard-drives worth about 3 times now, i suppose i should seriously consider something and soon.
    thank you and good luck to all.

  • dexter

    actually, i have no back-up plan of action...but considering the fact that i've lost entire hard-drives worth about 3 times now, i suppose i should seriously consider something and soon.
    thank you and good luck to all.

  • I copy my important photos, documents and music from my pc to my laptop, my imac and my computer at work as well as an external hard drive at home. I also have a fire safe and i plan on burning some dvds to keep locked away in there.

  • Heather B

    You would think after losing EVERYTHING just a few months ago I would have something in place. Still I do not. Now I also have my home business that I need to back up as well so this would be a HUGE help!

  • Heather B

    You would think after losing EVERYTHING just a few months ago I would have something in place. Still I do not. Now I also have my home business that I need to back up as well so this would be a HUGE help!

  • Eric Flamm

    I use a combination of online backup (Mozy, eSureIT), external drive (500GB USB drive), net drive (Ximeta 120), flash memory and optical media. For photos, we generally copy the files to CD or DVD right after we upload them, so the original shot is preserved. I use flash memory (CF card in a card reader) to backup frequently used data files (Quicken, etc). I have Acronis True Image Home which I use to drive the USB drive. My big challenge is to keep the backups up-to-date and organized - I have 3 copies of some files, and probably 0 copies of others.

  • Eric Flamm

    I use a combination of online backup (Mozy, eSureIT), external drive (500GB USB drive), net drive (Ximeta 120), flash memory and optical media. For photos, we generally copy the files to CD or DVD right after we upload them, so the original shot is preserved. I use flash memory (CF card in a card reader) to backup frequently used data files (Quicken, etc). I have Acronis True Image Home which I use to drive the USB drive. My big challenge is to keep the backups up-to-date and organized - I have 3 copies of some files, and probably 0 copies of others.

  • Michael Torino

    I don't currently backup my data - that's why I need to win the contest!

  • Michael Torino

    I don't currently backup my data - that's why I need to win the contest!

  • I don’t have a backup plan

  • I don’t have a backup plan

  • I really DON'T have any back-up. You think I would have learned from the LAST CRASH I had, where I lost all of my photos, passwords, etc.

  • I really DON'T have any back-up. You think I would have learned from the LAST CRASH I had, where I lost all of my photos, passwords, etc.

  • I don't have a backup plan

  • I don't have a backup plan

  • Marge Dalto

    I have learned over the years to backup and backup. I have lost important things the first time my computer crached. I back up to cd's it is easier for me.

  • Marge Dalto

    I have learned over the years to backup and backup. I have lost important things the first time my computer crached. I back up to cd's it is easier for me.

  • Marge Dalto

    I have learned over the years to backup and backup. I have lost important things the first time my computer crached. I back up to cd's it is easier for me.

  • C. Kim

    I used DVD burners to backup important data onto a DVD disc - I labeled it with appropriate date, and what sort data are contained.

  • C. Kim

    I used DVD burners to backup important data onto a DVD disc - I labeled it with appropriate date, and what sort data are contained.

  • C. Kim

    I used DVD burners to backup important data onto a DVD disc - I labeled it with appropriate date, and what sort data are contained.

  • Srinivasarao Vundavalli

    I take back up of important data using DVDs

  • Srinivasarao Vundavalli

    I take back up of important data using DVDs

  • Arnold

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Arnold

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Srinivasarao Vundavalli

    I take back up of important data using DVDs

  • Arnold

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Rachel Storey

    I have an external hard drive that I back up to on the first of every month.

  • Rachel Storey

    I have an external hard drive that I back up to on the first of every month.

  • Rachel Storey

    I have an external hard drive that I back up to on the first of every month.

  • pascale pierre

    my hard drive died on me, so im currently with out my movies or music. woe is me!

  • pascale pierre

    my hard drive died on me, so im currently with out my movies or music. woe is me!

  • pascale pierre

    my hard drive died on me, so im currently with out my movies or music. woe is me!

  • Linda F

    I use a flash drive to backup my important data.

  • Linda F

    I use a flash drive to backup my important data.

  • Linda F

    I use a flash drive to backup my important data.

  • Mac Riddel

    I upload my important data to my hosted ftp site...maybe once a month. It takes too long, fails often, and I am still looking for a better solution.

  • Mac Riddel

    I upload my important data to my hosted ftp site...maybe once a month. It takes too long, fails often, and I am still looking for a better solution.

  • ginsbu

    TimeMachine and ChronoSync to external disk, JungleDisk to S3.

  • ginsbu

    TimeMachine and ChronoSync to external disk, JungleDisk to S3.

  • Mac Riddel

    I upload my important data to my hosted ftp site...maybe once a month. It takes too long, fails often, and I am still looking for a better solution.

  • ginsbu

    TimeMachine and ChronoSync to external disk, JungleDisk to S3.

  • InTkZ

    I don't back up... that's why I need a hard drive!

  • InTkZ

    I don't back up... that's why I need a hard drive!

  • InTkZ

    I don't back up... that's why I need a hard drive!

  • Musharraf

    I don't really backup my data. I have my most important files on my computer hard drive and a USB drive. Though, the USB drive is more like my like a working copy (I tend to work on many computers), and the computer hard drive serves as the backup. That's the only backup system that I have set up.

  • Musharraf

    I don't really backup my data. I have my most important files on my computer hard drive and a USB drive. Though, the USB drive is more like my like a working copy (I tend to work on many computers), and the computer hard drive serves as the backup. That's the only backup system that I have set up.

  • Musharraf

    I don't really backup my data. I have my most important files on my computer hard drive and a USB drive. Though, the USB drive is more like my like a working copy (I tend to work on many computers), and the computer hard drive serves as the backup. That's the only backup system that I have set up.

  • Mary Gonzales

    I don't have a backup method. I know that I should though.

  • Mary Gonzales

    I don't have a backup method. I know that I should though.

  • Mary Gonzales

    I don't have a backup method. I know that I should though.

  • Joel Ramirez

    Hi everyone,

    The way I usually back up data is by buying cds...lots of them. Thats pretty much the only way I do it.

  • Joel Ramirez

    Hi everyone,

    The way I usually back up data is by buying cds...lots of them. Thats pretty much the only way I do it.

  • Joel Ramirez

    Hi everyone,

    The way I usually back up data is by buying cds...lots of them. Thats pretty much the only way I do it.

  • J. Adams

    I use Time Machine and a Beyond Micro 250GB external hard drive.

  • J. Adams

    I use Time Machine and a Beyond Micro 250GB external hard drive.

  • J. Adams

    I use Time Machine and a Beyond Micro 250GB external hard drive.

  • G Smith

    I usually create a backup on a second hard drive and hope that one doesn't fail.

  • G Smith

    I usually create a backup on a second hard drive and hope that one doesn't fail.

  • G Smith

    I usually create a backup on a second hard drive and hope that one doesn't fail.

  • Lzy

    I wish I had a backup plan...

  • Lzy

    I wish I had a backup plan...

  • Lzy

    I wish I had a backup plan...

  • Vincent C

    I do backup DVDs once in a while, I keep worrying they'll get accidently snapped or scratched.

  • Vincent C

    I do backup DVDs once in a while, I keep worrying they'll get accidently snapped or scratched.

  • Vincent C

    I do backup DVDs once in a while, I keep worrying they'll get accidently snapped or scratched.

  • Ismael C

    When I have enough space I use Acronis to create full backup images. It is great when I have enough space. 🙂

  • Ismael C

    When I have enough space I use Acronis to create full backup images. It is great when I have enough space. 🙂

  • Ismael C

    When I have enough space I use Acronis to create full backup images. It is great when I have enough space. 🙂

  • Stacey Scott Ayers

    We store very little information/data on our desktop hard drive. Everyone in our family uses our one computer...for work, school and play.

    Because of the age of our computer and its processing speed (or lack of) we store almost everything on portable storage devices. Since we have regular medical bills, we've used Pharmacy "gift card incentives" (ie: Target Pharmacy) to purchase portable hard drives for me and my wife and our kids love flash drives.

    I know the kids also use online storage opportunities. Our old desktop is more of an email reader or word processor than anything else.

    It has taken a couple of years for us to get to this point. So far, this has worked for our family.

    Thank you.

  • Stacey Scott Ayers

    We store very little information/data on our desktop hard drive. Everyone in our family uses our one computer...for work, school and play.

    Because of the age of our computer and its processing speed (or lack of) we store almost everything on portable storage devices. Since we have regular medical bills, we've used Pharmacy "gift card incentives" (ie: Target Pharmacy) to purchase portable hard drives for me and my wife and our kids love flash drives.

    I know the kids also use online storage opportunities. Our old desktop is more of an email reader or word processor than anything else.

    It has taken a couple of years for us to get to this point. So far, this has worked for our family.

    Thank you.

  • Stacey Scott Ayers

    We store very little information/data on our desktop hard drive. Everyone in our family uses our one computer...for work, school and play.

    Because of the age of our computer and its processing speed (or lack of) we store almost everything on portable storage devices. Since we have regular medical bills, we've used Pharmacy "gift card incentives" (ie: Target Pharmacy) to purchase portable hard drives for me and my wife and our kids love flash drives.

    I know the kids also use online storage opportunities. Our old desktop is more of an email reader or word processor than anything else.

    It has taken a couple of years for us to get to this point. So far, this has worked for our family.

    Thank you.

  • Sonya Allstun

    I use about 10 thumb drives that have built up

  • Sonya Allstun

    I use about 10 thumb drives that have built up

  • Sonya Allstun

    I use about 10 thumb drives that have built up

  • Aliep

    My current backup is using Microsoft Mesh to do two things.

    1- Synchronize my files (mainly school related) between my Tablet and my Desktop.
    2- At the same time all those files are been synchronized with my online desktop on Mesh as well.

    I don’t backup any other type of files since every school year I perform a fresh install of both my Desktop and Tablet. The reason is that I probably spend less time doing a fresh install than trying to clean up all the programs that gets added (for fun, school, or just to try them) throughout the year.

  • Aliep

    My current backup is using Microsoft Mesh to do two things.

    1- Synchronize my files (mainly school related) between my Tablet and my Desktop.
    2- At the same time all those files are been synchronized with my online desktop on Mesh as well.

    I don’t backup any other type of files since every school year I perform a fresh install of both my Desktop and Tablet. The reason is that I probably spend less time doing a fresh install than trying to clean up all the programs that gets added (for fun, school, or just to try them) throughout the year.

  • Aliep

    My current backup is using Microsoft Mesh to do two things.

    1- Synchronize my files (mainly school related) between my Tablet and my Desktop.
    2- At the same time all those files are been synchronized with my online desktop on Mesh as well.

    I don’t backup any other type of files since every school year I perform a fresh install of both my Desktop and Tablet. The reason is that I probably spend less time doing a fresh install than trying to clean up all the programs that gets added (for fun, school, or just to try them) throughout the year.

  • Ken

    I periodically back up to another computer across the network, but it's a pain so I don't do it often enough.

  • Ken

    I periodically back up to another computer across the network, but it's a pain so I don't do it often enough.

  • Ken

    I periodically back up to another computer across the network, but it's a pain so I don't do it often enough.

  • Steve Scott

    Backup - What't that?

  • Steve Scott

    Backup - What't that?

  • Steve Scott

    Backup - What't that?

  • Matthew Scott

    I use a USB Flash Drive to back up my important data

  • Matthew Scott

    I use a USB Flash Drive to back up my important data

  • Matthew Scott

    I use a USB Flash Drive to back up my important data

  • Ed Y

    I backed up my important stuffs on DVD.

  • Ed Y

    I backed up my important stuffs on DVD.

  • Ed Y

    I backed up my important stuffs on DVD.

  • Kaleo

    For my legacy system, I have a SCSI tape drive; the backups are slow, and they are costly (not being in an air purified environment, the tapes are destroyed in a year or two by ambient dust). Finally, for redundancy and to see if there was an easier, less time-consuming way, I bought an external network drive, enabling me to easily transfer data between my main system and my backup computer. Worked fine...until the network drive developed problems. The manufacturer, SimpleShare, is very slow and apparently indifferent about providing useful tech support. I want a reliable network drive for local backups. I'm debating subscribing to an online backup service - the benefit being it's offsite and automatic - for redundant backup capability.

  • Kaleo

    For my legacy system, I have a SCSI tape drive; the backups are slow, and they are costly (not being in an air purified environment, the tapes are destroyed in a year or two by ambient dust). Finally, for redundancy and to see if there was an easier, less time-consuming way, I bought an external network drive, enabling me to easily transfer data between my main system and my backup computer. Worked fine...until the network drive developed problems. The manufacturer, SimpleShare, is very slow and apparently indifferent about providing useful tech support. I want a reliable network drive for local backups. I'm debating subscribing to an online backup service - the benefit being it's offsite and automatic - for redundant backup capability.

  • Kaleo

    For my legacy system, I have a SCSI tape drive; the backups are slow, and they are costly (not being in an air purified environment, the tapes are destroyed in a year or two by ambient dust). Finally, for redundancy and to see if there was an easier, less time-consuming way, I bought an external network drive, enabling me to easily transfer data between my main system and my backup computer. Worked fine...until the network drive developed problems. The manufacturer, SimpleShare, is very slow and apparently indifferent about providing useful tech support. I want a reliable network drive for local backups. I'm debating subscribing to an online backup service - the benefit being it's offsite and automatic - for redundant backup capability.

  • Scott

    I don't really have a backup plan. I do have a small hard drive that I back some things up to and I burn CDs for some of my other data

  • Scott

    I don't really have a backup plan. I do have a small hard drive that I back some things up to and I burn CDs for some of my other data

  • Scott

    I don't really have a backup plan. I do have a small hard drive that I back some things up to and I burn CDs for some of my other data

  • ram

    good old dvd's in a pouch thats my backup strategy

  • ram

    good old dvd's in a pouch thats my backup strategy

  • ram

    good old dvd's in a pouch thats my backup strategy

  • Rita S

    No real strategy, but back up to an external drive now and then.

  • Rita S

    No real strategy, but back up to an external drive now and then.

  • Bruce Vautherot

    Currently have a hard drive that is the same size as
    my primary disk, so I just run a simple script at night to transfer new or updated files.

  • Bruce Vautherot

    Currently have a hard drive that is the same size as
    my primary disk, so I just run a simple script at night to transfer new or updated files.

  • Douglas S.

    I back up with dvd’s about every 2 months.. this would make that job much easier!

  • Douglas S.

    I back up with dvd’s about every 2 months.. this would make that job much easier!

  • Lucy Schwartz

    My husband is my back up plan. He manages all of our family's computers.

  • Lucy Schwartz

    My husband is my back up plan. He manages all of our family's computers.

  • Niels I.

    No strategy, pictures go online with OneCare...the rest is pretty much doomed.

  • Niels I.

    No strategy, pictures go online with OneCare...the rest is pretty much doomed.

  • Before I start using Live Mesh, I did not use any online backup. I usually perform a full backup for my important files on CD-R/DVD-R (every half year or yearly), sometimes on a large size USB Flash Drive (on some very urgent files).

  • Before I start using Live Mesh, I did not use any online backup. I usually perform a full backup for my important files on CD-R/DVD-R (every half year or yearly), sometimes on a large size USB Flash Drive (on some very urgent files).

  • Sorry, is that a worldwide contest?

  • Sorry, is that a worldwide contest?

  • Joanna

    I backup with CD's, and I hate burning a cd every time I want to save some thing.

  • Joanna

    I backup with CD's, and I hate burning a cd every time I want to save some thing.

  • Karen

    I only back up my music and photos, on my ipod

  • Karen

    I only back up my music and photos, on my ipod

  • I don't have a backup plan!

  • I don't have a backup plan!

  • Bradley Plies

    I don't have a backup plan!

  • Bradley Plies

    I don't have a backup plan!

  • My backup plan consists of using the Mozy backup service:

    [referral link removed]

  • My backup plan consists of using the Mozy backup service:

    [referral link removed]

  • Peter Franco

    i dont have a backup plan at all, i sometimes once in a blue moon back it on cd, but even the CD's give up on me.

  • Peter Franco

    i dont have a backup plan at all, i sometimes once in a blue moon back it on cd, but even the CD's give up on me.

  • Florin Dumitru

    I usually create backup DVDs from time to time.

  • Florin Dumitru

    I usually create backup DVDs from time to time.

  • UncleJohn

    I clone my main drives to another HD so that way I can easily swap them out when I have a problem, but having to install all the programs that I install after the clone gets tedious, and recloning every time is inpracticle.

  • UncleJohn

    I clone my main drives to another HD so that way I can easily swap them out when I have a problem, but having to install all the programs that I install after the clone gets tedious, and recloning every time is inpracticle.

  • Dirk

    I was useing a professional backup software, but after switching to Vista64 there are to many bugs and so currently my backup strategy is explicit copy once in a while some files.

  • Dirk

    I was useing a professional backup software, but after switching to Vista64 there are to many bugs and so currently my backup strategy is explicit copy once in a while some files.

  • Fort

    I use multiple hard drives (160, 120 and a bunch of smaller drives that I use with an external enclosure) in three computers and an external Western Digital 120GB external USB hard drive for backing up files. I also use USB thumb drives, a Seagate 5GB pocket drive, and CDs and DVDs for backups.

  • Fort

    I use multiple hard drives (160, 120 and a bunch of smaller drives that I use with an external enclosure) in three computers and an external Western Digital 120GB external USB hard drive for backing up files. I also use USB thumb drives, a Seagate 5GB pocket drive, and CDs and DVDs for backups.

  • Wilson Chan

    I currently back up my documents and other important files on my external harddrive, usb, and on google docs account for word docs. In the past, I have also stored things such as photos on cds, but that takes a lot of time and preparation.

  • Wilson Chan

    I currently back up my documents and other important files on my external harddrive, usb, and on google docs account for word docs. In the past, I have also stored things such as photos on cds, but that takes a lot of time and preparation.

  • Andrew C

    I don't regularly backup, but I have a couple small (160GB) external hdds that i copy some data to every once in a while. I don't do it often because my internal HDD is 500GB and its hard to backup 500GB to 160GB.

  • Andrew C

    I don't regularly backup, but I have a couple small (160GB) external hdds that i copy some data to every once in a while. I don't do it often because my internal HDD is 500GB and its hard to backup 500GB to 160GB.

  • I backup my important files (mostly photos) onto DVDs.

  • I backup my important files (mostly photos) onto DVDs.

  • Vickie Bartlett

    I don't back up near as regular I I should, but when I do, I back up my data files, photos and music to CD.

  • Vickie Bartlett

    I don't back up near as regular I I should, but when I do, I back up my data files, photos and music to CD.

  • Mikk

    I use Mozy Home to backup my most important data, but 2GB is not enough to backup all my photos.

  • Mikk

    I use Mozy Home to backup my most important data, but 2GB is not enough to backup all my photos.

  • Michael Forcer

    - at the moment i only have my 'personal space' at work to back up important documents. however, i cant use this for storing, images, photo's or video's they are all stored on my laptop with no 2nd back up.

  • Michael Forcer

    - at the moment i only have my 'personal space' at work to back up important documents. however, i cant use this for storing, images, photo's or video's they are all stored on my laptop with no 2nd back up.

  • kevin Smallhorn

    I use Time Machine. No brainer.

  • kevin Smallhorn

    I use Time Machine. No brainer.

  • I use a Windows Home Server for my primary backup. I made sure to use the "Duplication" feature to prevent data loss from a single disk failure. I also backup that to an external USB drive for offsite storage. I would love to use one of the many online services, but I'm too paranoid. Even encrypted, do I want all of my data sitting on some server somewhere? Not so much.

  • I use a Windows Home Server for my primary backup. I made sure to use the "Duplication" feature to prevent data loss from a single disk failure. I also backup that to an external USB drive for offsite storage. I would love to use one of the many online services, but I'm too paranoid. Even encrypted, do I want all of my data sitting on some server somewhere? Not so much.

  • Heather

    I currently use Norton 360 to back-up my data on a Seagate 200 gig drive. What I really need is a way to back-up data on the road? I don't want to lose valuable laptop data!!!

  • Heather

    I currently use Norton 360 to back-up my data on a Seagate 200 gig drive. What I really need is a way to back-up data on the road? I don't want to lose valuable laptop data!!!

  • Brian

    I backup data on thumbdrives but have no real system for doing it

  • Brian

    I backup data on thumbdrives but have no real system for doing it

  • Ever since my DIY external hdd crashed, I use DVDs for storage

  • Ever since my DIY external hdd crashed, I use DVDs for storage

  • All my photos and music is backed up to my Apple TV everything else is doomed.

  • All my photos and music is backed up to my Apple TV everything else is doomed.

  • Rachel

    I have a very old hard disk. Only important data is backup to it.

  • Rachel

    I have a very old hard disk. Only important data is backup to it.

  • Christine

    I back up to CD and a thumb drive.

  • Christine

    I back up to CD and a thumb drive.

  • Sarah

    i don't have a backup plan!

  • Sarah

    i don't have a backup plan!

  • CLewis

    Happily Aperture prompts me to backup my photos to an external firewire drive regularly. I don't do that much else on my IMac, but try to remember to occasionally back up my ITunes and other documents to the external drive as well (I'm still using Tiger, waiting for Snow Leopard to upgrade so no Time Machine). An offsite backup would be a good thing, but I haven't worked out logistics because my internet connection at home is too slow to be practical. If I win this contest, I could use the portable drive to bring those files to my office and use the much better connection there ;-).

  • CLewis

    Happily Aperture prompts me to backup my photos to an external firewire drive regularly. I don't do that much else on my IMac, but try to remember to occasionally back up my ITunes and other documents to the external drive as well (I'm still using Tiger, waiting for Snow Leopard to upgrade so no Time Machine). An offsite backup would be a good thing, but I haven't worked out logistics because my internet connection at home is too slow to be practical. If I win this contest, I could use the portable drive to bring those files to my office and use the much better connection there ;-).

  • Jonathan Bressie

    I do backup manually, with a shell script that I wrote (I'm on Linux). It basically just makes a .tgz archive of the entire system (Linux works differently than Windows, so yes this is possible 🙂 ) minus whatever I exclude, and to restore, you just extract it at /. This can even be done _while_ the system is running, which I find pretty crazy. I would like a safer method, however.. I also don't have enough space to do a backup of anything but system files!

  • Jonathan Bressie

    I do backup manually, with a shell script that I wrote (I'm on Linux). It basically just makes a .tgz archive of the entire system (Linux works differently than Windows, so yes this is possible 🙂 ) minus whatever I exclude, and to restore, you just extract it at /. This can even be done _while_ the system is running, which I find pretty crazy. I would like a safer method, however.. I also don't have enough space to do a backup of anything but system files!

  • Varun

    I backup only stuff that is important on DVD's.But i have some to realize that isn't the best way as dvd's go rouge over time.

  • Varun

    I backup only stuff that is important on DVD's.But i have some to realize that isn't the best way as dvd's go rouge over time.

  • I don't have a backup plan

  • I don't have a backup plan

  • Mike Starkey

    I use Microsoft's sync toy tool to back-up my Documents to a external hard drive.

  • Mike Starkey

    I use Microsoft's sync toy tool to back-up my Documents to a external hard drive.

  • Dave Y

    Used to have a backup plan. But haven't been doing backups recently. (It got too complicated manually copying data files to various USB sticks). --D.Y. in NS

  • Dave Y

    Used to have a backup plan. But haven't been doing backups recently. (It got too complicated manually copying data files to various USB sticks). --D.Y. in NS

  • I use an external Hard-Drive

  • I use an external Hard-Drive

  • Astrid

    I wasn't paying much attention to backing up my stuff regularly - until a few days ago when my harddisk crashed and I lost valuable data. I could rescue some data, but other is lost forever. I really need to do automatic backups or I will forget about it again.

  • Astrid

    I wasn't paying much attention to backing up my stuff regularly - until a few days ago when my harddisk crashed and I lost valuable data. I could rescue some data, but other is lost forever. I really need to do automatic backups or I will forget about it again.

  • Selene M.

    We have 5 computers on our network. We back up each of them on one of the others. So far, it's worked great.

  • Selene M.

    We have 5 computers on our network. We back up each of them on one of the others. So far, it's worked great.

  • I am losing my job January 1st and I have a lot of files I need backed up. Plain and simple. Merry Christmas everybody! Congrats to whoever wins!

  • I am losing my job January 1st and I have a lot of files I need backed up. Plain and simple. Merry Christmas everybody! Congrats to whoever wins!

  • Carol

    Really need to backup our 4 computers... what would happen if we lost pictures?

  • Carol

    Really need to backup our 4 computers... what would happen if we lost pictures?

  • I once lost a year's worth of columns I had written (and was using to submit to syndicates), and all my resume and acting experience-related files! I had to go groveling to some publishers that had rejected my submissions recently enough that they still had them - one was kind enough to return my submission, but some writings were lost forever . . . I took my backup (tape) copy of my voice reel back into a studio for a new transfer. NOW all my stuff is on my PC Hard drive, on CD-ROM, AND on my (rapidly running out of room) Western Digital Hard Drive (250 GB seemed so large when I got it . . .)

  • I once lost a year's worth of columns I had written (and was using to submit to syndicates), and all my resume and acting experience-related files! I had to go groveling to some publishers that had rejected my submissions recently enough that they still had them - one was kind enough to return my submission, but some writings were lost forever . . . I took my backup (tape) copy of my voice reel back into a studio for a new transfer. NOW all my stuff is on my PC Hard drive, on CD-ROM, AND on my (rapidly running out of room) Western Digital Hard Drive (250 GB seemed so large when I got it . . .)

  • Stacy Cortez

    My computer is so old at home that I hardly use it. For the information on it, I copy it to a disc or memory stick about once a year.

  • Stacy Cortez

    My computer is so old at home that I hardly use it. For the information on it, I copy it to a disc or memory stick about once a year.

  • Frank Warta

    I don't backup as often as I should. But for things I really value I will burn a DVD every couple of months and hope that I don't lose it.

  • Frank Warta

    I don't backup as often as I should. But for things I really value I will burn a DVD every couple of months and hope that I don't lose it.

  • Joe

    Just burning DVD-RW discs time on time. Takes too long get most updated backup copy..

  • Joe

    Just burning DVD-RW discs time on time. Takes too long get most updated backup copy..

  • Henry

    I create a disk image of my laptop's C and D drives to my backup PC (it sure could use more space). I don't backup often since it takes so long, but it's better than nothing. 🙂

  • Henry

    I create a disk image of my laptop's C and D drives to my backup PC (it sure could use more space). I don't backup often since it takes so long, but it's better than nothing. 🙂

  • Tommy Hu

    I back up my files and pictures and stuff on a DVD-RW and my system files on 80 gig Seagate external hard drive. I update my DVD every month and system ever 3 months

  • Tommy Hu

    I back up my files and pictures and stuff on a DVD-RW and my system files on 80 gig Seagate external hard drive. I update my DVD every month and system ever 3 months

  • Alvaro Bonilla

    I don't have a backup plan! I think if something happens to my computer I would take it to some technician to see if he can recover my information, but please help me!

  • Alvaro Bonilla

    I don't have a backup plan! I think if something happens to my computer I would take it to some technician to see if he can recover my information, but please help me!

  • Jon

    I use TimeMachine to a 200GB external drive.

  • Jon

    I use TimeMachine to a 200GB external drive.

  • Jason

    I dont have a backup system right now, as ridiculous as that seems. I really could use one.

  • Jason

    I dont have a backup system right now, as ridiculous as that seems. I really could use one.

  • Rachael

    I backup my data with an external harddrive and also DVD/CD's. A second external drive would give me more peace of mind knowing that I have all of my important things backed up twice. I'm doing a pictorial and documentary family history and it would be catastrophic if I lost the hundreds of hours of work I have done to date. I am one of 10 children and my father was one of 18, so you can see there is a huge amount of information and scanning of my relatives pictures and my own that has been done and more that needs to be done. (I intend togive each family a DVD when finished. I am doing this for both my father's side of the family and my mothers. Big undertaking but worth it!!!!!!

  • Rachael

    I backup my data with an external harddrive and also DVD/CD's. A second external drive would give me more peace of mind knowing that I have all of my important things backed up twice. I'm doing a pictorial and documentary family history and it would be catastrophic if I lost the hundreds of hours of work I have done to date. I am one of 10 children and my father was one of 18, so you can see there is a huge amount of information and scanning of my relatives pictures and my own that has been done and more that needs to be done. (I intend togive each family a DVD when finished. I am doing this for both my father's side of the family and my mothers. Big undertaking but worth it!!!!!!

  • Matthew H

    I kinda backup my files on one of two drives, that are currently about to be full, so more space would be really nice.
    My software is on a drive and I have os disks to restore my laptop.

  • Matthew H

    I kinda backup my files on one of two drives, that are currently about to be full, so more space would be really nice.
    My software is on a drive and I have os disks to restore my laptop.

  • Yolanda Villa

    I use a two-pronged approach. Foldershare is my first level of protection. But I also use a USB hard drive as my second level for really important stuff. The FreeAgent would sure be a great help there!

  • Yolanda Villa

    I use a two-pronged approach. Foldershare is my first level of protection. But I also use a USB hard drive as my second level for really important stuff. The FreeAgent would sure be a great help there!

  • Madhu Tera

    I back my system using Ximeta's netdisk. The good think about this is it doesnt have to plugged to the system. It can be anywhere on the network.

  • Madhu Tera

    I back my system using Ximeta's netdisk. The good think about this is it doesnt have to plugged to the system. It can be anywhere on the network.

  • gonz

    With my MacBook I use Time Machine!, and the RAW pictures I take, I back them up on an Acer Aspire.

  • gonz

    With my MacBook I use Time Machine!, and the RAW pictures I take, I back them up on an Acer Aspire.

  • joanne

    I don't have a backup system and have already suffered a devastating data loss when my fairly new hard drive failed and nothing was able to be recovered.

  • joanne

    I don't have a backup system and have already suffered a devastating data loss when my fairly new hard drive failed and nothing was able to be recovered.

  • wanda

    I don't have a backup plan.
    Soon as I win this,I will be sure to implement one.

  • wanda

    I don't have a backup plan.
    Soon as I win this,I will be sure to implement one.

  • Jennifer hedden

    no back up plan

  • Jennifer hedden

    no back up plan

  • I backup to CDs. It's not pretty, but it works...

  • I backup to CDs. It's not pretty, but it works...

  • Daniel M

    I don't have a backup plan - help!

  • Daniel M

    I don't have a backup plan - help!

  • Jim Hansen

    I don't have a backup plan. I need to do so!

  • Jim Hansen

    I don't have a backup plan. I need to do so!

  • I don't have a back up plan... the original plan is that nothing bad should ever happen to my computer! I know now that I really need a backup plan. I only have all of my information thanks to my brilliant tech specialist at work who worked a miracle on my "no hard drive recognized" computer!

  • I don't have a back up plan... the original plan is that nothing bad should ever happen to my computer! I know now that I really need a backup plan. I only have all of my information thanks to my brilliant tech specialist at work who worked a miracle on my "no hard drive recognized" computer!

  • Suzanne Lewis

    I don't have a backup plan, but I need to. Want to help me out?

  • Suzanne Lewis

    I don't have a backup plan, but I need to. Want to help me out?

  • "I don’t have a backup plan." I do worry about losing stuff, too... especially because my one and only computer is an ancient, rebuilt, measly 14GB hand-me-down. I know some people back up to CD's but my junker doesn't even have a CD-burner. Even my monitor is sad - a 13" monster that I got for $20 at Goodwill.... take pity on me, please!

  • "I don’t have a backup plan." I do worry about losing stuff, too... especially because my one and only computer is an ancient, rebuilt, measly 14GB hand-me-down. I know some people back up to CD's but my junker doesn't even have a CD-burner. Even my monitor is sad - a 13" monster that I got for $20 at Goodwill.... take pity on me, please!

  • Reece

    I unfortunately do not have a back up plan, even though I have been caught out a few times.

  • Reece

    I unfortunately do not have a back up plan, even though I have been caught out a few times.

  • Derk Thomas

    Once in awhile to a USB drive. Now where is that drive?

  • Derk Thomas

    Once in awhile to a USB drive. Now where is that drive?

  • Sierra Martin

    sometimes we back up stuff online, but that's about it. is that a plan?!

  • Sierra Martin

    sometimes we back up stuff online, but that's about it. is that a plan?!

  • David

    I currently use a 320GB SimpleTech drive. Unfortunately it is a plug in Hard Drive and I have moved to using my tablet pc for nearly all my computing. The SimpleTech is not really portable and I do not backup my tablet pc regularly. I do back up my desktop when I use it. The FreeAgent Go would be a big boost to securing my tablet’s data and the FreeAgent Desk would give the extra space that I’m close to maxing out on the SimpleTech

  • David

    I currently use a 320GB SimpleTech drive. Unfortunately it is a plug in Hard Drive and I have moved to using my tablet pc for nearly all my computing. The SimpleTech is not really portable and I do not backup my tablet pc regularly. I do back up my desktop when I use it. The FreeAgent Go would be a big boost to securing my tablet’s data and the FreeAgent Desk would give the extra space that I’m close to maxing out on the SimpleTech

  • Sara Gohar

    I usually back up my information by saving it on a USB flash drive.

  • Sara Gohar

    I usually back up my information by saving it on a USB flash drive.

  • Sara Gohar

    I usually back up my information on a USB flash drive.

  • Sara Gohar

    I usually back up my information on a USB flash drive.

  • R Hicks

    I do not have a solid plan. I do backup onto CD disks every 5 or 6 weeks. Guess it is better than nothing

    ardy22 at earthlink.net

  • R Hicks

    I do not have a solid plan. I do backup onto CD disks every 5 or 6 weeks. Guess it is better than nothing

    ardy22 at earthlink.net

  • Shan

    As a lecturer of finance, the most important data for me are the lecture slides, problem sets, quiz questions and their solutions, grades of my former students (in case they request me for a recommendation later). Equally critical for me are video recordings of lectures offered both by me and the faculty that I invite for guest lectures. Of these, the slides, questions and gradesheets are archived at the end of every course and mailed to my gmail account (and labeled appropriately for quick retrieval). I also carry these constantly on my 8GB Sandisk pendrive. Since uploading video lectures takes time and since they occupy too much of my precious disk space, I just cut CDs and hope that they don't get scratched from multiple readings.

    My personal data such as photos, financial data, I either upload them to my gmail account or cut CDs. I have long been thinking of getting a backup harddisk that would let me store everything at one central place and let me sleep easy. While I can store all my data - course archives, videos, photos, data - etc in the desktop storage solution, I can also carry the required course material and crucial personal stuff in the portable hard-disk.

  • Shan

    As a lecturer of finance, the most important data for me are the lecture slides, problem sets, quiz questions and their solutions, grades of my former students (in case they request me for a recommendation later). Equally critical for me are video recordings of lectures offered both by me and the faculty that I invite for guest lectures. Of these, the slides, questions and gradesheets are archived at the end of every course and mailed to my gmail account (and labeled appropriately for quick retrieval). I also carry these constantly on my 8GB Sandisk pendrive. Since uploading video lectures takes time and since they occupy too much of my precious disk space, I just cut CDs and hope that they don't get scratched from multiple readings.

    My personal data such as photos, financial data, I either upload them to my gmail account or cut CDs. I have long been thinking of getting a backup harddisk that would let me store everything at one central place and let me sleep easy. While I can store all my data - course archives, videos, photos, data - etc in the desktop storage solution, I can also carry the required course material and crucial personal stuff in the portable hard-disk.

  • Aline Turpen

    My back up plan.....what backup plan....that is why I need these hard drives. I have so many important files, and pictures... Aaghh I think I need a backup plan!

  • Aline Turpen

    My back up plan.....what backup plan....that is why I need these hard drives. I have so many important files, and pictures... Aaghh I think I need a backup plan!

  • phillip stacy

    I don't have a backup plan because I don't value what I have on my computer.

  • phillip stacy

    I don't have a backup plan because I don't value what I have on my computer.

  • Colin

    I use some flash drives to save important documents.

  • Colin

    I use some flash drives to save important documents.

  • Christine

    While I know it bad, I don't really have a back up plan for my computer. I have a 4 GB flash drive, but that only keeps some of my media stuff...most of my pictures would be wiped out if something happened.

  • Christine

    While I know it bad, I don't really have a back up plan for my computer. I have a 4 GB flash drive, but that only keeps some of my media stuff...most of my pictures would be wiped out if something happened.

  • Karissa G

    boy.... I am bummed to admit that I have about 500 gigs of music plus what I have on my old computer and i don't do anything to back up. yikes. I would hate to lose any of it.

  • Karissa G

    boy.... I am bummed to admit that I have about 500 gigs of music plus what I have on my old computer and i don't do anything to back up. yikes. I would hate to lose any of it.

  • Dree

    I have little tiny USB device that just hold my pictures. I need something like this.

  • Dree

    I have little tiny USB device that just hold my pictures. I need something like this.

  • John Darrow

    I keep a word processing document with the activation codes for software that require them. This file, files with settings for my e-mail accounts, my browser bookmarks, and my Roboform identities and passcards are all backed up in real time to 2 thumb drives using NTI Shadow. I use Goodsync to automatically back up these same items, as well as my e-mail files, music, pictures, downloads, word processing documents, and other data to an external Hard Drive

  • John Darrow

    I keep a word processing document with the activation codes for software that require them. This file, files with settings for my e-mail accounts, my browser bookmarks, and my Roboform identities and passcards are all backed up in real time to 2 thumb drives using NTI Shadow. I use Goodsync to automatically back up these same items, as well as my e-mail files, music, pictures, downloads, word processing documents, and other data to an external Hard Drive

  • Christie

    I don't back up. I am a disaster in waiting.

  • Christie

    I don't back up. I am a disaster in waiting.

  • "How do you backup your important data?"

    I'm embarrassed to say that I have been pretty neglectful of backing up my data. My backup plan is pretty poor anyway - I burn CDs - but I can't even remember the last time I did that. Because of this, I've been shopping for a backup hard drive just like the one you're giving away. So obviously, I would be beyond thrilled to win one! Thank you so much for the chance!

  • "How do you backup your important data?"

    I'm embarrassed to say that I have been pretty neglectful of backing up my data. My backup plan is pretty poor anyway - I burn CDs - but I can't even remember the last time I did that. Because of this, I've been shopping for a backup hard drive just like the one you're giving away. So obviously, I would be beyond thrilled to win one! Thank you so much for the chance!

  • Cassandra

    I know, I know, I should be ashamed of myself. I don't have one. My only defense is that...no, actually that's not a good defense. I just need to save up for one and start backing up. But if I win this, HEY- I'd be really well off! (Is it me or am I starting to sound like Zaphod Beeblebrox?)

  • Cassandra

    I know, I know, I should be ashamed of myself. I don't have one. My only defense is that...no, actually that's not a good defense. I just need to save up for one and start backing up. But if I win this, HEY- I'd be really well off! (Is it me or am I starting to sound like Zaphod Beeblebrox?)

  • I currently use m$ Backup to backup my key documents to another HDD in the system. This currently runs twice a week. Once every other month or so I will burn the latest backup to a CDRW. That way I have a backup that's at most a couple of days old sat on a drive in the system and if everything on the PC dies I have a backup that's at most a couple of months old.

  • I currently use m$ Backup to backup my key documents to another HDD in the system. This currently runs twice a week. Once every other month or so I will burn the latest backup to a CDRW. That way I have a backup that's at most a couple of days old sat on a drive in the system and if everything on the PC dies I have a backup that's at most a couple of months old.

  • Mishraz

    I backup my important data on an WD External HDD.

  • Mishraz

    I backup my important data on an WD External HDD.

  • John P

    I have multiple backup strategies depending on the file type. Here goes:

    Movies - various smallish hard drives attached to my DVR and burnt to DVDs.

    Images - 1 copy on desktop, 1 copy on OQO, 1 copy split over USB memory.

    Music - 1 copy on desktop, 1 copy on Media PC, 1 copy on various DVDs.

    Docs and other data - 1 copy on desktop, 1 copy on OQO, some on Nokia E90.

    I know it sounds like a mess and it is. I've been meaning to buy an extra large hard drive to consolidate it all but real life keeps swallowing what little money I have. Can you guess how this prize package would help me?

  • John P

    I have multiple backup strategies depending on the file type. Here goes:

    Movies - various smallish hard drives attached to my DVR and burnt to DVDs.

    Images - 1 copy on desktop, 1 copy on OQO, 1 copy split over USB memory.

    Music - 1 copy on desktop, 1 copy on Media PC, 1 copy on various DVDs.

    Docs and other data - 1 copy on desktop, 1 copy on OQO, some on Nokia E90.

    I know it sounds like a mess and it is. I've been meaning to buy an extra large hard drive to consolidate it all but real life keeps swallowing what little money I have. Can you guess how this prize package would help me?

  • shivani gupta

    i really do not have a backup plan

  • shivani gupta

    i really do not have a backup plan

  • shivani gupta

    i do not have any backup plans because i have never done this.but is anxious to learn it.and im confident enough i'll do it.

  • shivani gupta

    i do not have any backup plans because i have never done this.but is anxious to learn it.and im confident enough i'll do it.

  • shivani gupta

    i do not have a backup plan because i haven't ever tried it.but want to learn it.

  • shivani gupta

    i do not have a backup plan because i haven't ever tried it.but want to learn it.

  • Leon Durham

    I backup small files online and large files like pictures and videos to DVD

  • Leon Durham

    I backup small files online and large files like pictures and videos to DVD

  • Sherry

    Currently we back-up most everything on dvd. It would be so much better, and safer, to be able to use this great Seagate FreeAgent backup hard drive, life would be so much easier!!

  • Sherry

    Currently we back-up most everything on dvd. It would be so much better, and safer, to be able to use this great Seagate FreeAgent backup hard drive, life would be so much easier!!

  • Kt

    I have a 500 GB external hard drive and i put things on disks occasionally...but i need a better system...I disabled my time machine on my mac...but considering putting it back on.

  • Kt

    I have a 500 GB external hard drive and i put things on disks occasionally...but i need a better system...I disabled my time machine on my mac...but considering putting it back on.

  • Cat

    I use thumb drives and CDs for backup but would benefit from something a bit larger as I tend to take lots of photos of special events in our family and a drive would hold that well.

  • Cat

    I use thumb drives and CDs for backup but would benefit from something a bit larger as I tend to take lots of photos of special events in our family and a drive would hold that well.

  • george mcneese

    I currently do not have a backup system. i'd like to.

  • george mcneese

    I currently do not have a backup system. i'd like to.

  • Right now I don't have anything to back up my data on. I have already had a hard drive go toast about a month ago and we lost 5 years of pictures, thousands of songs and school work. So we need an external or back up of some sort.

  • Right now I don't have anything to back up my data on. I have already had a hard drive go toast about a month ago and we lost 5 years of pictures, thousands of songs and school work. So we need an external or back up of some sort.

  • Kayce C

    I use a flash drive.

  • Kayce C

    I use a flash drive.

  • Trisha Dowling

    i usually back up to cds for pics!

  • Trisha Dowling

    i usually back up to cds for pics!

  • Tina Garcia

    I back up on CD's!

  • Tina Garcia

    I back up on CD's!

  • Angie L

    Backup??

  • Angie L

    Backup??

  • Domingo

    I just burn some dvds for backup. I keep my pictures and important documents. I also try to copy those important files on two old computers I have at home from time to time.

  • Domingo

    I just burn some dvds for backup. I keep my pictures and important documents. I also try to copy those important files on two old computers I have at home from time to time.

  • Timothy D. Lee

    I need to develop a backup plan. Why is it that those of us should know better are no better at backing up our personal machines than we are?

  • Timothy D. Lee

    I need to develop a backup plan. Why is it that those of us should know better are no better at backing up our personal machines than we are?

  • Eric Rathbun

    I burn stuff onto cd's

  • Eric Rathbun

    I burn stuff onto cd's

  • Elizabeth M.

    My current backup plan to my computer is inefficient at best. I do it manually but I do it usually when there's some kind of computer scare or malfunction and then I remember I had better back some things up. I do it manually and usually put it on my desktop and then copy it to a disc. See what I mean about inefficient?

  • Elizabeth M.

    My current backup plan to my computer is inefficient at best. I do it manually but I do it usually when there's some kind of computer scare or malfunction and then I remember I had better back some things up. I do it manually and usually put it on my desktop and then copy it to a disc. See what I mean about inefficient?

  • Jeffrey

    I desperatly need a backup plan... I have two 4 year old computers.

  • Jeffrey

    I desperatly need a backup plan... I have two 4 year old computers.

  • Carolyn Nedrow

    I have a flashdrive.

  • Carolyn Nedrow

    I have a flashdrive.

  • Bruce

    I backup daily to an external hard drive

  • Bruce

    I backup daily to an external hard drive

  • Jodi

    I hate saying this, but I don't have a back up system.

  • Jodi

    I hate saying this, but I don't have a back up system.

  • Kevin M.

    I currently backup my data by burning it on to DVD-Rs every now and then. Things should would be easier if I had a Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive. Please count me in, for a chance to win. Thank you.

  • Kevin M.

    I currently backup my data by burning it on to DVD-Rs every now and then. Things should would be easier if I had a Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive. Please count me in, for a chance to win. Thank you.

  • I actually dont have a plan - that's how this would help!!!!

  • I actually dont have a plan - that's how this would help!!!!

  • Steve R

    No backup plan here!

  • Steve R

    No backup plan here!

  • I use a 500GB Seagate External hard drive for making Windows complete image backups of my laptop. I also have a portable 320GB Iogear drive for making file backups of my laptop whenever I make big system changes. They are begging for relief. 🙂

  • I use a 500GB Seagate External hard drive for making Windows complete image backups of my laptop. I also have a portable 320GB Iogear drive for making file backups of my laptop whenever I make big system changes. They are begging for relief. 🙂

  • Karen

    I don't really have a backup plan, but I don copy family photos to cd.

  • Karen

    I don't really have a backup plan, but I don copy family photos to cd.

  • I currently backup my data to a Seagate 250GB external hard drive (but space is becoming limited :p). I usually run backups once a month (give or take).

    Steven

  • I currently backup my data to a Seagate 250GB external hard drive (but space is becoming limited :p). I usually run backups once a month (give or take).

    Steven

  • Carol Conway

    I burn dvds as backup for my pictures and music. I would be lost if anything happened to them. I definitely don't do it often enough.

  • Carol Conway

    I burn dvds as backup for my pictures and music. I would be lost if anything happened to them. I definitely don't do it often enough.

  • Rosanne Morrison

    I have to admit it. I don't have a backup plan.

  • Rosanne Morrison

    I have to admit it. I don't have a backup plan.

  • Manny

    I use dvds as my backup solution.

  • Manny

    I use dvds as my backup solution.

  • Jenny

    I backup over my home network to an external hard drive

  • Jenny

    I backup over my home network to an external hard drive

  • no backup plan currently—eek!

  • no backup plan currently—eek!

  • Stanford Axel

    How do you backup your important data?

    I just use XP restore.

  • Stanford Axel

    How do you backup your important data?

    I just use XP restore.

  • flared0ne

    If I feel a need for something to be stored off-site, I'll do the laborious "burn file sub-systems to DVD" approach. Otherwise, it is much faster to copy files across my home network, to a system with enough empty storage to accept what I'm stashing. 500 GBytes would open up THAT avenue just a bit.

  • flared0ne

    If I feel a need for something to be stored off-site, I'll do the laborious "burn file sub-systems to DVD" approach. Otherwise, it is much faster to copy files across my home network, to a system with enough empty storage to accept what I'm stashing. 500 GBytes would open up THAT avenue just a bit.

  • Mollie G.

    When my husband goes through his weekly subset of his monthly routines (I'm never quite sure just WHERE he is on WHICH schedule), sometimes he burns DVDs, but more often he is wheeling from one system to another checking available disk space, and copying files through the network connections. Apparently (he got all excited) having a huge drive that can be attached directly to the system is even FASTER. So here we are!

  • Mollie G.

    When my husband goes through his weekly subset of his monthly routines (I'm never quite sure just WHERE he is on WHICH schedule), sometimes he burns DVDs, but more often he is wheeling from one system to another checking available disk space, and copying files through the network connections. Apparently (he got all excited) having a huge drive that can be attached directly to the system is even FASTER. So here we are!

  • Debra F

    I've never lost anything from my computer that was absolutely crucial, but my most precious thing on my computer are my family pictures. I back them up regularly on DVDs, but it would be great to not have to have tons of DVDs all around and a central location to back up all my data. Thanks for the great giveaway. Hope to win.

  • Debra F

    I've never lost anything from my computer that was absolutely crucial, but my most precious thing on my computer are my family pictures. I back them up regularly on DVDs, but it would be great to not have to have tons of DVDs all around and a central location to back up all my data. Thanks for the great giveaway. Hope to win.

  • Phillip Fry

    To be honest, I really don't have too much of a backup plan. I just use CD's at times.

  • Phillip Fry

    To be honest, I really don't have too much of a backup plan. I just use CD's at times.

  • Shaun Davis

    I do all I can to back-up my data by burning to DVD, but I have not been able to purchase and actual back-up drive. HDD death is a HUGE fear of mine. I don't know what I would do if it were to happen. Cry, I suppose.

  • Shaun Davis

    I do all I can to back-up my data by burning to DVD, but I have not been able to purchase and actual back-up drive. HDD death is a HUGE fear of mine. I don't know what I would do if it were to happen. Cry, I suppose.

  • Kimberly M

    I back up on an external hard drive or by burning cds - depends on how big the files are.

  • Kimberly M

    I back up on an external hard drive or by burning cds - depends on how big the files are.

  • ken

    i always back up my important files and softwares on a dvd-r.. 🙂

  • ken

    i always back up my important files and softwares on a dvd-r.. 🙂

  • Jason Lawless

    Currently I copy files over to an external hard drive every month or so.

  • Jason Lawless

    Currently I copy files over to an external hard drive every month or so.

  • Eitsfo

    I back up my laptop using an external hard drive... however, I have reason to believe it is beginning to fail (I'm really scared it might... it tends to me more noisy than I remember)...

  • Eitsfo

    I back up my laptop using an external hard drive... however, I have reason to believe it is beginning to fail (I'm really scared it might... it tends to me more noisy than I remember)...

  • I don't have a backup plan (but I should!)

  • I don't have a backup plan (but I should!)

  • Buddy Garrett

    "I don't have a backup plan."

  • Buddy Garrett

    "I don't have a backup plan."

  • Sandy Bernard

    I am a self-employed photographer. My old computer crashed before I was able to back up 5 clients photos plus some personal photos. I was just sick about it. I still get upset thinking about it! Now I download the photos and copy to cd’s immediately (which is VERY time consuming to say the least). I really must get an external hard drive to back up to save myself time and trouble. This is an awesome contest. Thanks!

  • Sandy Bernard

    I am a self-employed photographer. My old computer crashed before I was able to back up 5 clients photos plus some personal photos. I was just sick about it. I still get upset thinking about it! Now I download the photos and copy to cd’s immediately (which is VERY time consuming to say the least). I really must get an external hard drive to back up to save myself time and trouble. This is an awesome contest. Thanks!

  • Joseph Perozzi

    Because of a lack of a backup system, I've had some serious data recovery problems in the past! Your prize is the solution!!!

  • Joseph Perozzi

    Because of a lack of a backup system, I've had some serious data recovery problems in the past! Your prize is the solution!!!

  • Jay French

    I backup to an external drive now. I do it irregularly for my home laptop, as much of my work is done using my work laptop which is backed up by the company.

  • Jay French

    I backup to an external drive now. I do it irregularly for my home laptop, as much of my work is done using my work laptop which is backed up by the company.

  • Brian E.

    Thanks for the giveaway...I do not currently have a backup plan as such, although I do burn a few CD/DVD'S of very important docs & some family photos. I should have probably learned my lesson when my hard drive went haywire awhile back but I was able to retrieve everything on that occasion; I suppose it will take a disaster for me to get a clue !

  • Brian E.

    Thanks for the giveaway...I do not currently have a backup plan as such, although I do burn a few CD/DVD'S of very important docs & some family photos. I should have probably learned my lesson when my hard drive went haywire awhile back but I was able to retrieve everything on that occasion; I suppose it will take a disaster for me to get a clue !

  • Michelle Hohertz

    I use a drobo now for backup 🙂

  • Michelle Hohertz

    I use a drobo now for backup 🙂

  • Jeff Donahue

    I don't have a backup plan yet!

  • Jeff Donahue

    I don't have a backup plan yet!

  • Adrian Manlapig

    I use an external hard disk where only my files are placed and no programs are installed there. I also occasionally use my thumb drive and burn some necessary files to CD's.

  • Adrian Manlapig

    I use an external hard disk where only my files are placed and no programs are installed there. I also occasionally use my thumb drive and burn some necessary files to CD's.

  • Robert

    I back up daily to an external hard drive

  • Robert

    I back up daily to an external hard drive

  • I use an external hard drive.

  • I use an external hard drive.

  • Isaac A.

    I back up my info on CD's, sometimes I get lazy and keep it on my computer though.

  • Isaac A.

    I back up my info on CD's, sometimes I get lazy and keep it on my computer though.

  • josh watkins

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • josh watkins

    I don’t have a backup plan

  • Al Oldmixon

    I don't back up, even after having lost one hard drive recently.

  • Al Oldmixon

    I don't back up, even after having lost one hard drive recently.

  • James

    I don't have a backup plan. I should. This would go a long way in rectifying the situation.

  • James

    I don't have a backup plan. I should. This would go a long way in rectifying the situation.

  • chris shafer

    i have my desktop backed up daily, but there's only enough available backup space to do about 1.5TB of the 2TB of data I have. For my laptop, I back up the important documents on my college's network drive but nothing beyond that.

  • chris shafer

    i have my desktop backed up daily, but there's only enough available backup space to do about 1.5TB of the 2TB of data I have. For my laptop, I back up the important documents on my college's network drive but nothing beyond that.

  • cassandra

    I dont have a backup, but I recently lost all of my pictures...

  • cassandra

    I dont have a backup, but I recently lost all of my pictures...

  • Deborah

    My "backup" plan is to email critical files to myself at a web mail account. Yeah, it's cumbersome and certainly not guaranteed. In fact, I lost a LOT of stuff by doing that a few years ago when a web mail provider closed down unexpectedly. But until I can get an off-the-computer backup plan, it's all I have. I'm a writer and I have years' worth of manuscripts in progress and research materials from sources that are no longer available. I really really need this!!

  • Deborah

    My "backup" plan is to email critical files to myself at a web mail account. Yeah, it's cumbersome and certainly not guaranteed. In fact, I lost a LOT of stuff by doing that a few years ago when a web mail provider closed down unexpectedly. But until I can get an off-the-computer backup plan, it's all I have. I'm a writer and I have years' worth of manuscripts in progress and research materials from sources that are no longer available. I really really need this!!

  • I currently have 2 Externals, a 320 GB for Time Machine and Aperture Vault, and a 250 for current projects. I need a 1 TB for Finished Projects, though.

  • I currently have 2 Externals, a 320 GB for Time Machine and Aperture Vault, and a 250 for current projects. I need a 1 TB for Finished Projects, though.

  • I sometimes burn files to CDs, but I certainly don't have anything that could be called a "system." Unless crossing my fingers and hoping counts.

  • I sometimes burn files to CDs, but I certainly don't have anything that could be called a "system." Unless crossing my fingers and hoping counts.

  • Erin Daly

    Unfortunately, I don't have a great back-up plan. Every once in a while I will remember to back up our digital pictures on a CD-Rom. This would be a fantastic prize to win.

  • Erin Daly

    Unfortunately, I don't have a great back-up plan. Every once in a while I will remember to back up our digital pictures on a CD-Rom. This would be a fantastic prize to win.

  • Lincoln Mulkey

    I don't have a back up plan.

  • Lincoln Mulkey

    I don't have a back up plan.

  • Laura

    I back up daily to an external hard drive

  • Laura

    I back up daily to an external hard drive

  • Samantha Pruitt

    we put all the really important stuff on disks like every couple of months.

  • Samantha Pruitt

    we put all the really important stuff on disks like every couple of months.

  • Paula Harmon

    My 13 yr. old daughter says she saved important stuff onto cds, but I don't know which ones, they aren't labeled. (worried, sweatin bullets, I've been reading horror stories and I can go out and buy one of these, Santa has to come for the kids!) Lucky, whoever wins!

  • Paula Harmon

    My 13 yr. old daughter says she saved important stuff onto cds, but I don't know which ones, they aren't labeled. (worried, sweatin bullets, I've been reading horror stories and I can go out and buy one of these, Santa has to come for the kids!) Lucky, whoever wins!

  • kathy pease

    i dont have a plan 🙁

  • kathy pease

    i dont have a plan 🙁

  • Amy

    Like so many others, I too do not have a backup plan.

  • Amy

    Like so many others, I too do not have a backup plan.

  • I don't have a backup plan. I saw yours and am looking at online backup, etc. I have been totally disabled since 1992 so money is factor for me. Social Security doesn't pay too well. Hey...with any luck, the winner will donate his old backup drive to me...ya think?

  • Maja

    I use cds and dvds.

  • Maja

    I use cds and dvds.

  • Roxann

    I have a couple of thumb drives as back up. I would love to win this to kep everything together.Thanks!

  • Roxann

    I have a couple of thumb drives as back up. I would love to win this to kep everything together.Thanks!

  • Paul

    As a sysadmin i keep telling ppl to backup. Yet... due to lazyness/no time/no space... I dont backup my self. My DDS3 drive that i used to backup with went pop last year and with drive sizes climbing its not been worth replacing it.

    Over the years i've lost a 500mb (my GCSE and A Level projects, MUD code, Fido backups), a 4gb (all my old BBS stuff and contacts), a 10gb (Uni photos contacts my entire mail store) a pair of 40gbs (My utilities, images, install tweaks and old project work) and a 200gb (good bye my mp3's). That was the worst losses.

    An external drive to backup to would make my life easier. I'd stop putting things off and actually do a proper backup.

    Failing that... I will get a pair of 1tb drives come Feb and properly mirror them. Move all my stuff to them and get rid of the old drives... including the squeeking 40gb that occasionally looses itself in windows. (nothing wrong with its SMART status so figure it wont die yet.)

  • Paul

    As a sysadmin i keep telling ppl to backup. Yet... due to lazyness/no time/no space... I dont backup my self. My DDS3 drive that i used to backup with went pop last year and with drive sizes climbing its not been worth replacing it.

    Over the years i've lost a 500mb (my GCSE and A Level projects, MUD code, Fido backups), a 4gb (all my old BBS stuff and contacts), a 10gb (Uni photos contacts my entire mail store) a pair of 40gbs (My utilities, images, install tweaks and old project work) and a 200gb (good bye my mp3's). That was the worst losses.

    An external drive to backup to would make my life easier. I'd stop putting things off and actually do a proper backup.

    Failing that... I will get a pair of 1tb drives come Feb and properly mirror them. Move all my stuff to them and get rid of the old drives... including the squeeking 40gb that occasionally looses itself in windows. (nothing wrong with its SMART status so figure it wont die yet.)

  • Ming Z

    Hello, I back up most of my documents on a flash drive.

  • Ming Z

    Hello, I back up most of my documents on a flash drive.

  • Heather

    I don’t have a backup plan. 🙁

  • Heather

    I don’t have a backup plan. 🙁

  • Esther

    I have a few things backed up onto my flash drives, but no real backup plan.

  • Esther

    I have a few things backed up onto my flash drives, but no real backup plan.

  • EdV

    Currently I use an online back-up service which is great because it's relatively accessible but it's costly and more importantly VERY Slow retrieving files.

    If I had to recovered an entire drive it would be agonizing.

  • EdV

    Currently I use an online back-up service which is great because it's relatively accessible but it's costly and more importantly VERY Slow retrieving files.

    If I had to recovered an entire drive it would be agonizing.

  • Sarah Z

    I don't have a backup plan and it makes me nervous!

  • Sarah Z

    I don't have a backup plan and it makes me nervous!

  • Every few months as I amass more data I find myself needing to buy new backup drives. I’ve got about 5 now, and most are too small for purpose. The one I’m using at the moment is so cheap that it whines like a violated goat when it’s working; at least I always remember to turn it off…

  • Every few months as I amass more data I find myself needing to buy new backup drives. I’ve got about 5 now, and most are too small for purpose. The one I’m using at the moment is so cheap that it whines like a violated goat when it’s working; at least I always remember to turn it off…

  • Joanna Smith

    My current back up system is so old fashioned! I copy files onto CD’s and so just burning CD’s is how I back things up. It makes for so much unnecessary clutter! This prize package would help me immensely because it would be a much more efficient and easier way to manage all my files. I basically am concerned about losing all of my large image files. I create digital art using fractals. I create the fractals using all of my original photographic files. I have to admit I have lost sleep in the past worrying that one day I am going to lose them all, the ones I have not backed up and it would really be a nightmare for me because I have put so much time and effort in creating some really cool art. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter. Happy Holidays!

  • Joanna Smith

    My current back up system is so old fashioned! I copy files onto CD’s and so just burning CD’s is how I back things up. It makes for so much unnecessary clutter! This prize package would help me immensely because it would be a much more efficient and easier way to manage all my files. I basically am concerned about losing all of my large image files. I create digital art using fractals. I create the fractals using all of my original photographic files. I have to admit I have lost sleep in the past worrying that one day I am going to lose them all, the ones I have not backed up and it would really be a nightmare for me because I have put so much time and effort in creating some really cool art. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter. Happy Holidays!

  • edku

    I use DVD disks for backup but,unfortunately I do not back up on regular basis and lost some data in the past

  • edku

    I use DVD disks for backup but,unfortunately I do not back up on regular basis and lost some data in the past

  • Michael Paul

    I copy files to another hard disk...

  • Michael Paul

    I copy files to another hard disk...

  • Alissa

    I back up my data whenever I do a lot of work. However, my drive is getting full and I could definitely use some more backup space!

    lilacflowers180 AT yahoo DOT com

  • Alissa

    I back up my data whenever I do a lot of work. However, my drive is getting full and I could definitely use some more backup space!

    lilacflowers180 AT yahoo DOT com

  • thesparky

    I don't really have a backup plan; but I did - once - copy my C: to an external hard drive...

  • thesparky

    I don't really have a backup plan; but I did - once - copy my C:\ to an external hard drive...

  • walter

    I backup in DVD, untill now ! hehehe Good luck for all !!!!

  • walter

    I backup in DVD, untill now ! hehehe Good luck for all !!!!

  • Julie McGee

    I don't have a back up plan! Hope that doesn't come to haunt me one day!

  • Julie McGee

    I don't have a back up plan! Hope that doesn't come to haunt me one day!

  • Kevin Elliott

    I don't have a backup plan 🙁 But just got a new laptop, so this would be awesome!

  • Kevin Elliott

    I don't have a backup plan 🙁 But just got a new laptop, so this would be awesome!

  • I dont have a backup plan. I just use the protecting walls.

  • I dont have a backup plan

  • I dont have a backup plan. I just use the protecting walls.

  • I dont have a backup plan

  • I just bought a Seagate 500gb external on black Friday. If I won this, I'd give one of the Desks to my mom, because she has all kinds of computer problems, and the portable I'd use to save all my graphic designs from work, so I always have them on hand for a portfolio.

  • Auriette

    I just bought a Seagate 500gb external on black Friday. If I won this, I'd give one of the Desks to my mom, because she has all kinds of computer problems, and the portable I'd use to save all my graphic designs from work, so I always have them on hand for a portfolio.

  • Sue

    I backup on cds, a flash drive and online.

  • Sue

    I backup on cds, a flash drive and online.

  • Heather C

    Oooooo, I do not have a major back-up plan. We have a couple of computers, so if I really like something (like a picture, an essay, a pdf), I'll send it to my husbands computer via email or put it on a flash drive. So elementary... I guess I'll read your series and get into shape! I'd love to. It's my resolution!

  • Heather C

    Oooooo, I do not have a major back-up plan. We have a couple of computers, so if I really like something (like a picture, an essay, a pdf), I'll send it to my husbands computer via email or put it on a flash drive. So elementary... I guess I'll read your series and get into shape! I'd love to. It's my resolution!

  • Jordan

    My current backup setup is a second hard drive on my computer running a second operating system, so that if one hard drive becomes corrupt I can still access it using my second boot OS.

  • Jordan

    My current backup setup is a second hard drive on my computer running a second operating system, so that if one hard drive becomes corrupt I can still access it using my second boot OS.

  • Wade R

    3 different external hd's, 3 days a week

  • Wade R

    3 different external hd's, 3 days a week

  • julieh

    I'm bad--no backup plan at the moment....

  • julieh

    I'm bad--no backup plan at the moment....

  • Francisco

    I really don't have a backup plan at the moment, I do transfer some important documents to a flash drive but i broke that a little while ago...(I should use one of my others and re-backup the documents)

  • Francisco

    I really don't have a backup plan at the moment, I do transfer some important documents to a flash drive but i broke that a little while ago...(I should use one of my others and re-backup the documents)

  • Lauren

    I don't have much of a backup method. I use CDs, DVDs and flash memory... I need this.

  • Lauren

    I don't have much of a backup method. I use CDs, DVDs and flash memory... I need this.

  • Marc

    I don't have a backup plan due to the fact that my computer replicates material if I back it up...and that takes away from the storage capacity. I know it's strange, but it's beyond my control.

  • Marc

    I don't have a backup plan due to the fact that my computer replicates material if I back it up...and that takes away from the storage capacity. I know it's strange, but it's beyond my control.

  • Sarah Lehan

    I have some of my data backed up on-line and some on flash drives. This prize will make backing up much easier. Thanks for the contest

  • Sarah Lehan

    I have some of my data backed up on-line and some on flash drives. This prize will make backing up much easier. Thanks for the contest

  • Robert N

    I backup to a small external hard drive> this solution will give me the space necessary to backup all my photos and music!

  • Robert N

    I backup to a small external hard drive> this solution will give me the space necessary to backup all my photos and music!

  • Matt

    I email important things to myself.

  • Matt

    I email important things to myself.

  • Joy Venters

    don't have a back-up

  • Joy Venters

    don't have a back-up

  • Jean D.

    I phone JOHN and yell, "HELP!" He comes over and backs up my computer. I have no clue what he does or how he does it. I'm Dino The Dinosaur, he's Techie The Terrific.

    I know I'm overdue for a back-up.

    Great contest!

  • Jean D.

    I phone JOHN and yell, "HELP!" He comes over and backs up my computer. I have no clue what he does or how he does it. I'm Dino The Dinosaur, he's Techie The Terrific.

    I know I'm overdue for a back-up.

    Great contest!

  • Tracey

    I do not have a backup plan and I know that I should.

  • Tracey

    I do not have a backup plan and I know that I should.

  • Hoffmann

    I currently have no backup drive for my laptop, and am in great need of one. I generally backup using time machine, works great.

  • Hoffmann

    I currently have no backup drive for my laptop, and am in great need of one. I generally backup using time machine, works great.

  • Carissa

    I put important data on CDs or a flash drive.

  • Carissa

    I put important data on CDs or a flash drive.

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