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Reliable Off Site Storage Solution For Small Business

By Jackson Warren

With computers the one thing guaranteed to fail is your hard drive. OK, some of the new systems use flash drives but they fail without notice just like anything else. You may be wondering how I know this. Simple, I have had numerous old and new, right out of the box hard drives crash as well as CF cards I use for my executive portrait photography business.

Flash drives don’t have moving parts they do have connections and connections do fail. This means the information you have to keep will be on the only drive that gets damaged. No one knows why this happens but it is always the important information that gets lost.

A dual drive system is a great solution for hard drive failure but could be a problem if the system is not damaged from a virus or hard drive crash but taken during a home or office burglary.

I can already here people saying why not use an external hard drive for back up. Sure external drives are great and can save you from most hard drive issues unless they get broken from a cat or child knocking them off your desk. I have even heard of externals being damaged from a once in a million roof or pipe leak that got it wet enough to short out.

The next best option is burning DVDs but that takes time and those things seem to scratch at random so plus you would need a bank lock box to keep them off premises in case of water, fire or theft. Just like hard drive failure nothing will happen until the one day you forget to take the disk to the bank and it ends up damaged or stolen.

The solution is to use one of the above plus a second off site source. Mozy and Carbonite back up are well advertised and do a good job, the one factor I see missing is long term storage of files removed from your system. I need to keep photo files for years and that is just too much data to hold on my desktop. I have to have a low cost that would hold my files until I removed them. Most delete files 30 days after you remove, or accidentally erase it from your hard drive. Not to mention I have several external drives that also require off site back-up.

After research I found a provider using Amazon servers that will allow me to upload 4 computers or several hard drives in my main system plus 2 external and my laptop to a single account for less than $10.00 per month. The files stay as long as I am a member. I can erase all the files from my system and they stay in my on line back up. No more 30-day time frame to worry about. They offer a 1GB free account, which may be good for student laptops and 15-day free trial for unlimited storage accounts.I use the home version which is lower cost and have great options for the average user.

The back-up I suggest using is Elephant Off Site Back-up . I use it for my executive business portrait business and sleep sound at night knowing my files are secure.

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