Apr 172010

Let’s see … Mozy, Dropbox, MobileMe, CrashPlan, SkyDrive … the list goes on and on. So do the monthly fees and the backups of 100+ gigabytes of music and 50+ gigabytes of photos, not to mention the financial records, home inventory, etc. Plus, how secure are these sites? I’m sure they have lots of security in place, but something still bothers me about putting this stuff in the cloud. So, I went for a low-tech (relatively speaking) solution. I happened to have a couple of 500G drives lying around, so I bought a couple of external drive cases to turn them into external backup drives and made arrangements with my brother-in-law to house offsite backups for each other. I simply created two partitions on each drive, encrypted mine with TrueCrypt (I’ll let my brother-in-law figure out his own encryption), and backed up my critical files. I’ll give him both drives. One he’ll keep for a while and the other he’ll backup his critical files and give to me. In a few months (when we have the next family gathering for a holiday (Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.) we’ll make sure to have the latest backups completed and swap drives. Simple, cheap, and secure. If you don’t have spare drives lying around, you can pick up a couple of external drive at a pretty decent price (probably $80 – $100 each) and have your own secure, off-site backup. Give it a try!

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