So, what happens when my laptop runs away from home and I need to restore my data onto a new machine? Am I supposed to wait by my computer for the better part of a month while my files come dripping back in? Mozy is able mail you your data on DVDs, unfortunately the price of impatience is $29.95 + 50 cents per GB. For me, that would amount to $80 on top of the five I already pay each month, which kind of feels like being kicked while I’m down.
Then, of course, there’s the issue of whether or not my data is ultimately safer on Mozy’s watch. Is it in a fire- and flood-proof facility? Is the server my data resides on flanked by armed guards and vicious attack dogs? Does Mozy claim any ownership over my data once it’s on the company’s servers? And, what happens to my sensitive personal data if Mozy becomes another victim of this end-of-days economic pickle we’re currently in? Having been around during the OG dot-com bust, I can’t say I have a lot of faith in what happens to company computers and servers once said company fires its employees. At the time of this writing, Mozy had not yet responded to these questions.
Ultimately, I found the weaknesses of one backup option to be nicely complimented by the strengths of the other. A local backup is fast and easily accessible, but subject to the dangers of the environment it is in. A remote backup is painfully slow, but at a safer distance from harm’s way. I’m going to stick with Mozy for now, and just think of it as a kind of insurance policy should the unthinkable ever happen to my USB hard drive.
How do you back up – remote, local or both? Got a hard drive stowed away in a safety deposit box? Share your tips! And, seriously, if anyone has a fix for my Time Machine problem, I’m begging for your help.single page