: Warp Factor One, Scotty!

Warp Factor One, Scotty!

I'm looking for a little advice on safeguarding my computer projects and I humbly ask for your guidance...
 blogging (sxc)
My computer went on an inter-galactic trip a few days ago, and I was concerned that everything would be lost.
 Well, she's back and good as new!  Maybe even a little better.

After a very expensive clean up, she's back on planet earth and actually moving faster than I can remember. It appears that everything is intact!  Whoo Hoo!

backup (sxc)I've learned a little from this episode.  Back up documents and photos!  I know, I know and I should have known! But I haven't done that in years.  So now I'm looking for suggestions, should I use on line accounts for this or buy the hardware and do it myself?

Any advice is appreciated...

Keller Williams
Atlantic Shore
Laura Giannotta

Comment balloon 15 commentsLaura Giannotta • January 25 2009 06:38AM


Hi Laura:

This is a good question.  I back up on CD and my old computer that I just use as storage anymore.

My only concern about using on-line storage is that, what happens if the internet based company needs to close and doesn't give you notice...


Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) about 10 years ago


You can get a HUGE external hard drive for about 120 dollars, and it's fast and easy, and you know where your data is at all times!

Just don't drop it! (I dropped mine and broke it!) Hope that helps.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 10 years ago

Toula & Richard, thanks for the advice!  I think I'll look into the external drive...I hope it's not too complicated!!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 10 years ago

I use an external  drive - stores everything I need. Like Richard above it cost about $120. Seems a little more than what I wanted to pay but think about all the time you would spend retrieving info if you crashed and didn't have the back up.

Posted by Linda Breeding (Keller Williams Realty ) about 10 years ago

We do some of both....depending on what it is...I guess I would vote for CD's or an external drive that you have in your possession...if the internet goes down, the company goes under....it is all still yours...good luck !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 10 years ago

The one thing you have to watch is when your external drive is connected to your computer and on the Internet.

Here are a few things you can do.

1. Use a MAC 99.9% of bugs and hacks are for a pc

2. Always use virus protection (I use live care from MS) Stay away from Systematic

3. Subscribe to automatic updates from MS



Posted by Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv (REISA - 317-663-4173) about 10 years ago

I have a portable hard drive that powers up off my USB port and then syncs all data I have selected for back up. 

Posted by Mark Watterson, Utah Real Estate about 10 years ago

Morning Laura,

Our Broker offers on-line storage options so as to free the office computers. I use my own computer(s) for work, office and home desktop as well as tag along laptop. I use an external hard drive for storage because I share the concerns that others have stated before me, "What happens it the on-line storage source terminates their business and/or relationship!

Sorry you had this unfortunate learning experience.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 10 years ago

I learned the hard way. Now I use an external hard drive and Norton Ghost by Symantec. I've had to restore my computer a couple of times. It's well worth the cost. It's ok to us an online service, but what happens if you can't access the Internet?

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 10 years ago

I back up manually and on line.  The thought of loosing everything stresses me out!

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 10 years ago

I learned my lesson on this one as well....the hard way! Always back up data!

Posted by Cecily Parks (iMove Group, Knipe Realty NW, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Laura...I am with Richard.  I have an external storage for everything, and then I have the flash drives for all the common, often used things.  So , some thing get backed up twice!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 10 years ago

Get a good external HD. They are very cheap and very effective.  Don't get caught without one.  They are also portable.

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Crye-Leike REALTORS®) about 10 years ago

I say get yourself an external hard drive and back it up. You can get a 500 GB one for anywhere from $50-$200 and that should be ll you need.

500 GB External Hard Drives

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 10 years ago

I have five external one terabyte hard drives hooked up to my computer. Four of them hold our music collection of over 25,000 digital files. The other one is for Backup Fridays.

It is so easy to set up Windows to do automatic backups. I firmly believe that if Mr Technology Challenged (me!) can do it, you can, too!

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 10 years ago