Sth Bend, IN remote file storage

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  1. TAUNTAUN_WE Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2002
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    Do any of you use any commercial service for backing up your personal (home) hard drives? I back up my files on an external drive that sits right on top of the computer. That's great protection against disk failure, but doesn't help much in the event of a fire or some other event that would wipe out both drives since they are in the same physical location.

    So I'm wondering how effective and economical it would be to store files offsite on some server. Also wondering how secure they'd be, with the general understanding that nothing is completely hackproof.
  2. CarboniteHan Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    May 11, 2007
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    Personally, I keep all of my important files duplicated in my R2 unit.

    That worked fine until one day the little bugger got motivated and took off to the Outer Rim. Sure, my files were still safe and secure, unless one of those pesky Jawas capture him. Luckily I got DroidLock, you know, just in case my Imperial Security Number got leaked.



    No, I do not use anything commercial for my personal data storage. I have encrypted duplicates on various media. Some of which I carry with me. So if my house explodes, the copy with me is OKay. Well, unless the house explodes with me in it.
  3. BaseDeltaZero Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2001
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    I have an external hard drive plus I back up on multiple DVDs a time or two a year and store the DVDs at TL house.
  4. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Feb 22, 2005
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    Hi,

    and yes, I can recomend a place, but,

    it may not be the inexpensive solution
    you are looking for,


    BUT

    I trust this place and the guy who runs it,
    which is more than I can say for most others.

    So, at the very least, give the 800 number a call,
    and let them know I sent you.

    However, also know that I do not use the
    back up service.

    I recomend,

    http://www.microtechsystems.com/company.html

    and here is why,

    My ancient (well not at that time about 5-years ago)
    computer broke
    the only CD drive that makes the machine work and it was a SCSI)

    and Dell, could not fix it, after several months of back and
    forth with wrong drives and credit card refunds and well,
    it is a long story, and frustrating to remember.

    and then, I went to the local BIG computer store, CDW,
    and they could not help.

    but, a nerdy guy in repair suggested some small out of the way,
    local guy, who might be able to save my computer.

    And this is the story of that first experience.

    Only 2 miles from where I live, but located in one of the
    industrial park areas, where companies seem to come and
    go like (insert witty remark)

    and after much searching on the road, I finally found this place,
    and thought.........well, this does not look too good,
    but heck, my computer will not even turn on with out this
    CD drive, and so if this guy can not help me, I am throwing
    out (yes yes I know, you all still think I should get a new
    computer anyway[face_laugh]

    So I figure, heck, what to I have to loose.

    So in I go. In a very small room for only one at the front
    counter, I plead my case to a nice girl.

    And it starts going like I thought it would, no one seemed
    to now about SCSI drives. Then, I hear a voice from
    an office and out comes this guy who says, well, am not
    sure, but we might have something.

    So, I get to go into the back room, which looks like
    a computer repair shop of very modest size.

    After a quick and cryptic conversation with one of
    his techs, the boss takes me back into the back back room.

    and this place looks like, well, I started thinking
    of the "trash compactor" on the Death Star.

    He kicks around at some boxes on the floor and under
    tables, and finally bends over and rummages around in
    a box, and pulls out a drive, and literally blows
    the dust off of it, and says, "here, this should work"

    got $50.00 bucks.

    I did, came home, it fit perfectly into my tower,
    2-screws, and 1-power plug, and 1-interface plug,
    my computer worked just like before.

    Easiest install ever!

    And is still working to this day.
    ___________________________________________

    But, wait, there is more.

    So now, after years of knowing only the big guys for
    repairs, I am hopeful for a new source.

    I keep this news, sort of to myself, and sort of
    forget about it.

    and then, WOMT, decides to buy the cheapest lap-top,
    she can find or falls prey to the happy commercial
    about what something can do and what it will cost.

    And after only a month that laptop falls, in fact
    in turns out to be a lemon, and all of her efforts
    to get it fixed while under the guarantee/warranty,
    are failing.

    I suggest, Micro Tech mentioned above.
    and they fix it, and not too costly,
    Still have that computer.

    __________________________________________

    and wait still more, I was so happy with these guys,
    that I went back and got a brand new note book computer,
    as a present. And while not cheap, WOMT, has been most
    impressed with its performance, and so have her fellow
    workers at Kraft Corporate HDQ.

    _________________________________

    and, if I do get a new lap-top,
    this is where I will go. In fact,
    if it were not for the fact that this winter
    has been so brutal, I would have done this already.
    _______________________________________

    One last note, I do not think this is a cheap solution.

    The guy is in business to make money, but he's good, so far.

    In 3 visits to this guy over 5-years, the service has
    been very very good.

  5. BaseDeltaZero Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2001
    star 4
    Remind you of some place TL? X, you ever see Bruno's back room?


    Just keep telling yourself that MT.

    On another note, I have about 4 or 5 SCSI CD-Roms in my basement collecting dust. I even have an Ultra-Wide SCSI Plextor CD-Rom. Those are even rarer.



  6. Xmaveric Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Nov 25, 2000
    star 5
    I've found that about the best one out there is http://www.carbonite.com/

    It's $50 per year, no matter how much data you have. It's automatic.

    Enter "rush" in the offer code to get 2 months free.
  7. TAUNTAUN_WE Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2002
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    I think I've heard of them, or heard one of their commercials perhaps. I take it you use them?
  8. BaseDeltaZero Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2001
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  9. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Feb 22, 2005
    star 4

    I am so jealous!!!!!!!!!
  10. ovr30xrs Jedi Youngling

    Member Since:
    Dec 1, 2008
    star 1
    I think i remember when BDZ bought the Plextor drive. I external hard drive then take that to work and put on hard drive. That way I have two backups. All brought on by BDZ losing first year or so of SOBDZ number one's digital pictures amongst other things.
  11. TAUNTAUN_WE Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2002
    star 4
    Thanks to everyone for the responses (especially MT, that was a great post). I am going to look into Carbonite per Xmaveric's suggestion.
  12. CarboniteHan Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    May 11, 2007
    star 3
    Can't plug me!
  13. CarboniteHan Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    May 11, 2007
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    Careful how deep you look. It tickles.
  14. ToneLoc Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    May 16, 2002
    star 4
    OMG, YES!!! Archive central!!


  15. BaseDeltaZero Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2001
    star 4
    That is so not right on so many levels.
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