Save Your Stuff

There are times when changes in your life – leaving a job, school, or going overseas – will necessitate figuring out how to package up all of your important data to take with you. And if you have been using one PC for a long time, chances are good that you have lots of data you would rather not lose. When you arrive at your new place and settle in with your new PC, you will save hours, if not days, by having packed up a suitcase full of lice-long possessions. Here how it is done.

For the past several months I have been testing Mozy, an online backup from Salt Lake City-based Berkeley Systems, which was recently acquired by software giant EMC (Charts, Fortune 500). I had the service recommended by some colleagues and I liked Mozy’s interface and free service. So I upgraded to the pay plan.

Signing on is simple. Surf over to and sign up for two gigs of free online backup. Unlimited storage costs $4.95 a month for single users. MozyPro – my pick for the small business – offers live support and more robust features starting at $3.99 per seat per month and $.50 per GB of storage. So an average 10-person business with, say, 100 GB of files to protect – should expect to pay about $90 a month, way less than a few hours of professional IT support.

Note that Mozy works best for backing up data files, not your giant system and application files which you should back up on disks. Neat system dick tip: Jot down those insanely long license numbers for your office software and e-mail them to yourself. Than save that e-mail. That way you have your software keys in case of physical damage to the disks.

What makes Mozy so great?

Mozy makes online backup possible for everyone with an affordable, secure solution that’s easy to use. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out the news section to see all the nice awards Mozy have received and what the experts are saying about Mozy.



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