CYA – Get Cozy With Mozy – Have You Been Saved Yet?
Those who read my blog regularly know (because I mention it too often) that I went through a hard drive crash about 6 months ago. It was a nightmare but it was made a little easier by the fact that I had been running Mozy against ‘my documents’. I didn’t get back what I expected. They don’t replace your image files but they did save my butt by replacing all my spreadsheets and text documents. Not bad for a free service. You get 2GB of free backup space and that goes a long way if you are just backing up ‘my documents’. Especially if you fence off your Music and Photos. It is true that most people require more than Mozy’s free service to adequately backup their PC’s but Mozy is sure better than nothing and it is enough to limp along on if you don’t want to spend some pretty significant bucks on another hard drive or a fee based backup service. Especially when you consider the free space that is available on the Internet now. You can push important image documents out to Picassa, Flicker, or Microsoft’s Live Space. I’m working to scan and store most of my important files on the Internet. So even someone who should know better, like me :), can get along without spending any money for a backup solution if they are anal about keeping up with a plan. A word of caution, even if I am careful, I don’t have any way to backup my program files but the good news is that I’ve got all the download locations saved on this site and all my software is free!! So I’ve got that covered as well!
Mozy will install 2 processes that run all the time but it is just a scheduler and I shut them both down frequently. I reboot enough to stay reminded about turning the service back on. It notifies you if you have not backed up your files in 7 days. The download and setup are painless and the backup isn’t too bad on your resources either. All things considered, Mozy is a great service. They saved my butt so I owe them one.