I want to use such a service - but have no idea which...
Mozy has been suggested - good, bad, indifferent?
Some people simply e-mail stuff to themselves at G-Mail, or Yahoo mail, as they allow such large inboxes.
Me? I wouldn't trust any of them.
I have four hard disks and clone two of them to the other two.
Much safer, easier and quicker.
Free, or paid for service?
File size limitations?
Type of files? (EG, mainly text type documents, or image/video, etc?)
I use Rapidshare personally. Reliable, and quick. (Pretty cheap too, though not free.)
Literally a storage location only, or a place to store, and then share files between colleagues?
If the former, then I guess you could just use some free webspace, that usually get's supplied as part of your ISP package...?
Or maybe you want something a bit more secure?
I do email stuff but often I have files that are well over the 50 meg limit of some email programmes.
I, too, have multiple hard drives - but most of them are in this house, which isn't a LOT of help if something catastrophic happens to the house.
I don't want to be able to share files with colleagues (googlegroups works for that, if the files are reasonable sizes). Just store and retrieve.
Thanks for the recommendation, Daz, I'll have a look!
If you like the idea of Rapidshare, you might prefer "BigUpload", coz they allow much bigger files to be stored.
http://www.bigupload.com Beware of pr0n ads, though.
Trouble with those sites, though, is that they delete the files, after a certain time has elapsed, without them being downloaded.
Unless you pay them for their premium services, obviously.
Two of them are in caddies.
I tell my students - do not come to me and say, "I lost all my work".
Five minutes of work,yes - more, no.
If you do not back it up, you do not care about it.
If you back it up next to the main computer, you do not care about it.
If you do not back it up in another room - you do not care about it....
Some other alternatives Janet...
Well, I went with Mozy in the end.
I have an extra problem - the computer packs up if left idle for ten minutes or so.
I've got it to keep going for over an hour by leaving a music player going... even if the sound is turned off.
So I can't back up a huge amount at once. But I've got that sorted as well - I backed up a smallish amount, then added a bit more, and, as the programme only backs up changed files and new ones, it's getting there - slowly.
But I'm a lot happier now!
If the computer is doing silly things if left running, could it be power saving related, i.e. system shutdown if idle for a set period of time? I'd be looking at what screen saver power saving features are enabled and turn them off one by one.
I did that when I first raised the issue... :}
Does the event log give any indication as to what may be causing the shutdown?
Sorry janet - didn't see your original request - Mozy is excellent.
Support is good - with quick responses.I've never not been able to contact the site and I've been using the service for well over a year now. Restores work flawlessly but so far I've only used the free web restore - can be a little slow in downloads if large files.
If paranoid about security, then change the encryption key to one of your own.
If worried about company longevity - then bear in mind that they have the backing of folks whom have been into data backup for 20yrs.
Additionally - when you refer 4 folks whom start to use it, they give you an extra ˝gb of storage for free. Then every person after that gains you another ˝gb. You could pay $5 per month which gives you unlimited storage.
My referal link is: https://mozy.com/?code=4786R0 if anyone is interested
For my part I use it to backup my digital pics. I'm a tad paranoid about these so mozy grabs and uploads and new ones daily. I then make a copy to DVD and then make several copies of the DVD (once I ensure it can be read) and distribute these copies to different locations ....
He hasn't left them sitting on the seats of taxis, or sent them to private citizens, nor, AFAIAA has he lost reams of names and bank details which seems to be a common problem in Pommieland, and I'm certain that other countries also have similar problems.