Recently I had to rebuild the c: drive of my main desktop computer. Yes it was a pain. I had many programs installed there, and am still slowly reinstalling all the ones I use as I use them.
One thing that made the process easier was my online backup. Mozy stored all my program settings and configuration files (you know, the ones that live in c:Documents and Settingsusername
etc…) safely in their online backup structure. It was an easy matter for me to login to my Mozy account and retrieve them.
That saved me hours of rebuilding my settings for various applications and games.
Now, the free version of Mozy isn’t intended as a full system backup, you only get ~ 2GB of online storage. Mozy only backups local drives, so a removable or network drive will be skipped, but the fact that backup is automated, intelligent, and configurable make it a winner.
I’ve also been looking at Xdrive (from AOL) recently. It’s 5GB of free online storage, but it doesn’t seem to have an automated backup facility. You just drag and drop whatever you want saved there, and gets saved there. It’s more of an online storage solution than a backup. Kinda cool if you need to keep your 4GB iPod Nano music where you can get at it online (provided you’re not firewalled at work or anything).
Xdrive allows you to store any file that your computer can see, so that does include network and removable media drives. And with Xdrive, you can share your files or folders, and manage access to them if need be.
I’ve just started playing with Xdrive, but if they just added the background backup function to Xdrive, I think it would challenge Mozy.