For years I've been having a nagging feeling that I needed to back up my pictures somehow. I always heard of people's horror stories of their computers crashing and they lost everything. I've heard it said that it's not IF your computer crashes, but WHEN. That would devastate me - especially since I stopped scrapbooking for my older 2 kids about 6 or 7 years ago, and never scrapped a thing for my 2 younger children. Not to mention that I've only made one blog book so far and that was for 2007 (the other years are on my 'to-do' list - hee hee). So literally all of my photos of my kids growing up, our family vacations, photo shoots, etc are sitting on my computer and I would have absolutely nothing if I lost them. I would be freaking out way worse than this lady is
I had an external hard drive but rarely remembered to hook it up and back up my files. Plus, I knew this wasn't the grand solution. If something happened to my house, my external backup would be destroyed as well. I also often toyed with the thought of backing up my pictures on CDs and leaving a copy at my parents' house. But quite frankly, that seemed daunting. I take A LOT of pictures. It seemed way too time consuming and I was way too busy putting off everything else on my to-do lists to have time to do that
So long story short, a few months ago the nagging feeling within me was just getting too strong to ignore. I started seriously thinking that it was a foreboding to my computer crashing or something (let's hope not - fingers crossed), so I tried to take it serious this time. I got online and looked into online storage sites. I'll warn you now that there are TONS of them. After spending a few minutes checking out some of them, I quickly came to realize that many of them were very similar and that there were a lot of good ones out there. So I stopped stressing out about finding 'the perfect one' because I could tell most of them seemed really good. Fast forward 2 months later, and I FINALLY got back around to that item on my list and actually picked a company and started backing up my computer. Hey don't judge me too hard because my procrastination actually paid off and they offered me an even better deal (I think they were giving up on me and desperate to get me to finish signing up).
In the end, I chose Just Cloud.com (which seemed identical in every single way - even the webpage designs - to My PC Backup and ZipCloud - I've also heard great things about Carbonite) and signed up for a 2 year agreement for only $35. You can choose whether to pay monthly, bi-annually, yearly or every 2 years, etc. And the great thing is that if you decide you don't like them after any amount of time, you get back whatever money you didn't use up yet (like if I quit in 6 months, I'd get back the remaining 18 months worth of money I paid). Many of these online storage sites also offer FREE backups if you only need a little bit of storage space (like my husband who just wants to back up documents and stories he's written). Then you get to choose exactly what folders and areas you want it to backup. It's lovely. However, I will warn you that the first, initial backup will take
I'm talking a few days at least - maybe more if your laptop keeps turning itself off like mine because it's getting too hot.
So Google online storage backup sites, close your eyes and pick one on your screen, and then SIGN UP TODAY and start backing up those precious files! The peace you will feel will be amazing (especially if you've had to endure constant nagging inside your head for years)!
(***Sidenote: Junk in their Trunk is not endorsing Just Cloud.com or any other specific online backup storage sites, just simply informing you about how easy these companies are to use and how important it is to have a backup!)