When it comes to back­ing up your computer, there are many choices. The only choice I don’t recom­mend is not having a back‐up plan..

I have a Solid State Device (SSD) in my laptop, so I wasn’t as worried about my hard drive fail­ing as I was about a file getting acci­den­tally deleted or not having access to my files if my laptop got stolen, for exam­ple.

Since I have a laptop, I didn’t want to rely on plug­ging in an exter­nal hard drive on a regu­lar basis and having that as my only back up. So, I knew a cloud‐based back up for me was the best solu­tion. My laptop gets backed up no matter where I am (home, work, trav­el­ing, etc.), as long as I have an inter­net connec­tion.

Although there are many options avail­able, I really like Backblaze and would defi­nitely recom­mend it. I was very impressed at how fast it was to back up my entire hard drive. Backblaze will auto­mat­i­cally back up all your files, includ­ing docu­ments, photos, music and movies. Unlimited files. Unlimited file size. Unlimited speed. I can down­load one file or all my files from anywhere. They also have a very nice app as well. So, I can down­load a file using my iPhone or iPad and then decide if I want to share it via AirDrop, email, Dropbox, etc.

The personal back up plan costs $5.00 per month and you can try it for free (https://​www​.back​blaze​.com/​c​l​o​u​d​-​b​a​c​k​u​p​.​h​tml)

Let me know if you have any ques­tions or have a differ­ent back‐up solu­tion you would like to share.

James Wamser