Thanks to a readers tip I decided to try turning on my dead laptop the other day, and it worked!
It behaves a little strangely, but having the opportunity to go back and save the files I almost lost is pretty cool. Those files include a ton of music that iTunes would not have let me restore from their end, AND a bunch of pictures from vacations and such.
Some people choose to backup pictures on external hard drives. And while that can be a good idea, it doesn’t save you from a fire. That’s why I like to find places to store files online.
And an AWESOME service called DropBox gives you 2GB of free storage, and I’ll be uploading all of my music there.
But that’s only half the story of DropBox. The service creates a folder inside your “Documents” folder on your PC, and any files you put inside are automatically backed up online as well.
You can open and edit these files just like they were inside any other folder on your computer… but they’re automatically saved to the ‘net as well.
Perfect. This is much simpler than even an automatic backup service, and makes switching from one computer to another for projects very easy.
I love it.