Gadget Stimulus Plan Day 3: Win a 160GB Clickfree Portable Backup Drive

clickfree_drive_portableWe’re trying to close your gadget deficit while the economy’s in the dumps with the Gadget Stimulus Plan. Today we’re giving away a 160GB Clickfree Portable Drive, which offers the simplest way to back up your data. All you have to do is plug the Clickfree drive into your computer and it will automatically back up your files. You don’t have to install or configure anything.

Clickfree drives can be used with multiple computers. They have built-in tools for restoring or transferring your data.

There are three ways to enter to win, and yes you may enter up to three times.

1) Leave a comment on this article and tell us what your current backup strategy is (assuming you have one) or why you don’t backup.

2) Comment on this Notebooks.com article and tell us which digital file you’d be most disappointed to lose.

3) Use your Twitter account to share this contest with your friends. Just send the following Tweet:

“I entered to win a Clickfree Backup Drive from GBM and Notebooks.com’s Gadget Stimulus Plan http://tinyurl.com/c7uw9x #GadgetStimulus3”

You have until Monday, March 23 at 8pm PDT to enter. We’ll assign every entry a number and use Random.org to randomly draw a winner.

This contest is open to anyone in the world as long as participating in contests like this are legal in your home town. It’s your responsibility to check local laws and regulations. Those who enter more times than allowed will be disqualified. The winner will be notified by either email (if random comment is chosen) or by an @reply on Twitter (if random tweet is chosen. He/she will have 48 hours to claim the prize and provide shipping info.

84 Comments

  1. Curtis Herbel

    03/19/2009 at 10:06 pm

    Back up strategy is regular copies to an external hard drive. I think of all the things I would hate to lose it would be our addresses and some key photos

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  2. Parking

    03/19/2009 at 10:18 pm

    External hard drive. And only occasionally…!!

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  3. Kenrick

    03/19/2009 at 10:30 pm

    I use acronis home with an external hard drive, although I don’t do it as religiously as I should on my multiple computers… the external drive is running out of space so this would be welcome!

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  4. Herman

    03/19/2009 at 10:38 pm

    Use my 30GB iPod as my backup disk

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  5. Kiernan

    03/19/2009 at 10:43 pm

    I back up only immediately after something has gone wrong, computer-wise, and then only to an external hard drive that failed a few weeks ago, taking a folder I don’t even know the contents of anymore (but many, many pictures) with it. (I’m still in denial, really, since I still get the ‘we recognize something new’ sound.) Possibly I’ll go back up what little I keep on my computer now. *scurries*

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  6. Howard

    03/19/2009 at 10:49 pm

    I only image my system after a clean installation. What I do is after a fresh install, install other software that I find necessary, then image the drive. When events call for it, I’d re-image my main drive, install updates, and image it again.

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  7. Mike

    03/19/2009 at 11:04 pm

    External hard drive… sometimes…

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  8. Adam

    03/19/2009 at 11:07 pm

    i only backup my most important documents on sugarsync. i could use the capacity to backup the rest of my stuff

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  9. Paul Gillespie

    03/19/2009 at 11:09 pm

    The answer: The presentation I put together for my mother’s funeral. Lots of pictures that I don’t know that I could find any more (in physical form). Instead I have the 100MB presentation backed up in about a dozen places. :)

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  10. Eve

    03/19/2009 at 11:17 pm

    I back up my work using SugarSync, then once a month I copy the SugarSync Magic Briefcase folder to a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive just in case!

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  11. Reeve

    03/19/2009 at 11:18 pm

    I back up my stuff using O&O’s Imaging software, onto a 500GB External Drive. This way all my documents, images, music, movies and mostly my projects are all safe! It recently saved my life as well when my machine died and I had a project submission in 24 hours!!!!

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  12. Gregory Larsen

    03/19/2009 at 11:25 pm

    i currently don’t have a backup. Looked into some online stuff but it is far too slow for me. i’d like to get an external but the $$ factor doesn’t allow it right now. So that is why i don’t backup–even thought i know i should

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  13. Tanya Anna Wilson

    03/19/2009 at 11:45 pm

    I use a shoddy combination of an old school external hard drive,and a hello kitty USB flash drive (hey, it exudes the coolest neon pink blinkie). I would love to be able to have some “backup power” to preserve all our photos and silly videos that the kids made, as they are scattered on everyone’s computers like the laundry on the kids floor!

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  14. Jessica Pestka

    03/20/2009 at 12:10 am

    I back stuff up onto a falsh drive usually

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  15. Evan Brammer

    03/20/2009 at 12:14 am

    Admittedly, my backup plan right now is using a couple Seagate drives I won through Notebooks.com a couple months ago (thank you by the way). If I won this I’d probably give it away to the school I work at.

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  16. Sachin Khosla

    03/20/2009 at 12:22 am

    I do not backup often, but i burn DVDs for my backup.. I know its kinda tedious but that is the only way i got ..

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  17. Vickie Bartlett

    03/20/2009 at 12:52 am

    i burn my important files to CD

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  18. C-141XLer

    03/20/2009 at 2:11 am

    My TPC doesn’t have a good backup strategy as I don’t really have anything to use to backup to. This would be great to add to my portable gear.

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  19. Quang Nguyen Dang

    03/20/2009 at 2:13 am

    My daily device is HP 2710p and I often backup my important data on the desktop computer which is rarely used.

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  20. Techni

    03/20/2009 at 3:07 am

    My current strategy is burning to DVD, plus a program I made that keeps track of what I have burnt to what disc

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  21. Nick

    03/20/2009 at 3:14 am

    I currently have a 500 gig Nas My Book drive from western digital. This hard drive is the bane of my existence. The firmware on it or something is just horrible so I can only transfer about 4 gigs tops before it tells me I do not have permission. I can view the files but cannot make any changes to them. Then it will randomly loose connection to my router. I really need something more reliable!!! I have all of my pictures on this hard drive atm and need something else to put them on. My most recent pictures are from my wedding about 2 weeks ago.

    Thanks GTBM!

    Nick Winterholler

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  22. Frank Jackson

    03/20/2009 at 3:55 am

    It has happened. Just yesterday my hard drive failed on my laptop. I use this computer daily (OneNote) to record all meeting notes as well as my phone messages. Unfortuanately my last backup was in Jan. This means almost 2 months of information was lost. I need to have a more regemened backup process and tools. Sounds like this is just what I need to make “on the fly” backups (more often!).

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  23. Frank Jackson

    03/20/2009 at 4:26 am

    It has happened. Just yesterday my hard drive failed on my laptop. I use this computer daily (OneNote) to record all meeting notes as well as my phone messages. Unfortuanately my last backup was in Jan. This means almost 2 months of information was lost. I need to have a more regemened backup process and tools. Sounds like this is just what I need to make “on the fly” backups (more often!).
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

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  24. John in Norway

    03/20/2009 at 4:30 am

    Backup? I don’t bother anymore. I know that the government has a copy of everything I do. I’ll just ask them for it if my computer breaks.

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  25. Mary

    03/20/2009 at 4:54 am

    Ditto – I have a Western Digital Passport external drive to backup laptop and Maxtor external HD to back up the desktop but I rarely take the time to back up files (will do that this weekend). I desparately need to back up my music files from itunes AND most importantly need to back up my dissertation files and articles.

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  26. Andrew Lee

    03/20/2009 at 5:28 am

    I don’t really have a strategy. I copy important files to flash drives and an ancient laptop that I mostly use to mirror important files.

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  27. tabletgal

    03/20/2009 at 6:16 am

    I use Mozy free for my documents and a 80 gig drive for my music.

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  28. Michael Anderson

    03/20/2009 at 6:32 am

    I have an older Iomega external drive I use, and also a couple of USB flash drives … and try to keep them all in sync with critical documents.

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  29. serchend

    03/20/2009 at 6:53 am

    I am hard on my tablet’s and I learned a long time ago that backups are a must.

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  30. Rhonda Martin

    03/20/2009 at 7:32 am

    I don’t have a back up system or plan :(
    I know I need one and should have one because last year I lost the modem in my PC and when they fixed it they lost all my files and I had 4 years of precious files lost~! Every time I think of buying one the funds always end up spent on something else that has broke around here such as the hot water heater and the dryer. I just never seem to have the extra money. Thanks for the opportunity to try and enter to win one since I just was laid off a week ago it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to afford one for a while.

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  31. Rhonda Martin

    03/20/2009 at 7:47 am

    tweeted on twitter about this amazing giveaway
    http://twitter.com/exotic1/status/1360238729
    Thanks Again for having this amazing giveaway~!

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  32. Rhonda Martin

    03/20/2009 at 7:48 am

    I commented on Notebooks.com article
    Thanks Again

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  33. Rhonda Mason

    03/20/2009 at 7:51 am

    Strategy? I can barely spell it! Now you have me quivering about all I could lose!

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  34. Craig

    03/20/2009 at 7:52 am

    Windows Live Mesh on my Documents folder shared between my Vista tablet PC, Mac desktop, and the web. Daily I run a batch file the copies it all to my Dropbox, so every file that’s important to me (between 1 and 2 GB) is in 2 places on my tablet, one place on my desktop, on MS’s servers, and at dropbox. I’m working on a thesis and I’m not risking anything!

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  35. Ken

    03/20/2009 at 8:02 am

    I had an external LaCie HD, but it is not working correctly anymore, making a clanky noise likes its going to crash any minute now. So, all I have left is back up to a couple of 8GB SD cards and DVDs.
    Its all manual and switching cards, so I have not been keeping up with it.

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  36. Rhonda Mason

    03/20/2009 at 8:03 am

  37. Barbara Baker

    03/20/2009 at 8:03 am

    Well, the fact that I’m finally on track (somewhat) after the crash of this very computer on Friday (the 13th of all days)last week.

    My friend bought me a quick external hard drive that I’m using now, but I’m afraid of my husbands computer doing it now too (very soon). So, please count me in. I’m doing back up’s to an external I just got, but the hubby needs one badly!
    -barbarabaker :)

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  38. drrg

    03/20/2009 at 8:08 am

    I use Synctoy to back up pics and documents to a hard drive. It’s a bit manual, I’d prefer something more automated.

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  39. James

    03/20/2009 at 8:27 am

    Frankly, I don’t back up because I lack the hardware to do it right. :-)

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  40. Travis

    03/20/2009 at 8:54 am

    I don’t currently back-up. Seems to be too much trouble. I have never (knock on wood) lost a HDD.

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  41. Aaron

    03/20/2009 at 9:11 am

    I currently backup on an external hard-drive which I share with other computers but it won’t let me sync between the computers.

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  42. Smiley

    03/20/2009 at 10:02 am

    This drive sounds like its very good.
    I currently do not have a backup solution but have been doing some research. I hope to be able to backup soon but don’t have the money at this time.

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  43. Max

    03/20/2009 at 10:05 am

    I use a flash drive; backup to another flash drive.

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  44. sushrukh

    03/20/2009 at 10:47 am

    I back-up my data on blank DVD-Rs & on an external 40GB Seagate HDD.

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  45. Sankara

    03/20/2009 at 11:03 am

    I use the http://www.getdropbox.com to backup all my important files across my laptop, PC and S3 Cloud.

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  46. Clemens

    03/20/2009 at 11:06 am

    I currently use SyncToy with an external 120Gb hard-drive connected via USB.

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  47. Steven

    03/20/2009 at 11:47 am

    Right now, we have a Seagate external hard drive that we use, but t is about a year and a half old, so I would love to back it up and have a portable solution for backing up my tabletPC.

    Thanks for all these offers, by the way.

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  48. Brian S

    03/20/2009 at 12:13 pm

    House burned down, so starting to rebuild my backup drives. This would be a nice start.

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  49. Helmut

    03/20/2009 at 12:24 pm

    I currently back up my desktop pc with a large external hard drive but am not yet using a backup strategy for my Notebook or Netbook. This would provide a good solution to back up those devices also.

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  50. Clayton

    03/20/2009 at 12:42 pm

    I use macrium reflect to image my hdd to a network external drive. Wifi is slow and the computer the drive connects to has only USB 1.1, so I usually have to unplug it from the mess of wires behind my desk and physically connect it to my laptop. It would be nice to reserve that 500GB drive for holding things, and have a second smaller one for easy backup.

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  51. Gilson Oguime

    03/20/2009 at 2:16 pm

    Still burn DVD mostly… but a few folders are synchronized using Live Mesh.

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  52. Sai

    03/20/2009 at 2:27 pm

    I am planning to buy some backup software after I recently had to deal with a corrupted OS. Genie Backup Manager looks good for that task but a 3.5 hard drive that is hard to carry around is not the ideal place to backup

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  53. Anusha

    03/20/2009 at 2:28 pm

    No backup strategy except burning onto DVDs which are not always reliable.

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  54. [email protected]

    03/20/2009 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve tried recently to do a ghost partition of my 2 main OS on one of my internal HDD. However, I don’t have any backup of all my media files (movies, pictures and songs).

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  55. G.Smith

    03/20/2009 at 3:59 pm

    I don’t backup my files as often as I probably should, but when I do I usually use Acronis Disc imaging software.

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  56. Angelo

    03/20/2009 at 4:43 pm

    I use Mozy the free up to 2gb back up service right now.

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  57. technogeekchris

    03/20/2009 at 5:45 pm

    I am currently running my backup from a 8GB flash SD Card. Need that thing badly. I am running out of space now…

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  58. Kevin N

    03/20/2009 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve been using Carbonite, but I’ve already lost my wedding video due to failure of Carbonite to back it up. Apparently they backed up videos when I opened the account, but silently stopped doing so. I didn’t find out till my hard drive crash and I restored from carbonite, and noticed videos missing. I’ll be changing solutions shortly. This would really help.

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  59. Tim

    03/20/2009 at 6:39 pm

    On my desktop, I’ve been using the backup utility that comes with Vista, onto an external USB HDD. I have not yet figured out a strategy for my new ASUS eee PC 1000HE.

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  60. HG

    03/20/2009 at 6:59 pm

    Using a Network backup to backup but at times it would be better to backup to a portable drive for my MSI Wind.

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  61. Grant

    03/20/2009 at 8:09 pm

    I, sadly, don’t backup because I currently don’t have any to way to back up my data.

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  62. bj

    03/20/2009 at 9:40 pm

    I backup selective files to DVD…. Run Ubuntu linux and back up selected parts of my home account sporadically. Backup important projects on a more regular basis.

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  63. Riles

    03/20/2009 at 10:51 pm

    I just ran out of space on my 250 GB external drive, until now that was my back-up plan.

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  64. y v sai madhav

    03/21/2009 at 1:37 am

    Ever since my DIY external hdd crashed, I have been using dvds to backup data-my music, videos, photos and my documents.

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  65. Jason

    03/21/2009 at 1:42 am

    I use a weekly backup scheme where I burn my MyDocuments folder to DVD.

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  66. Asia

    03/21/2009 at 2:38 am

    I do not backup ANYTHING, the things I really need…like my resume or my class notes are saved in my flash drive but nothing else ever seemed backup worthy…I am not that important, therefore my stuff isn’t that important–> there is no reason to back my stuff up! I don’t even wanna win this…I don’t know why I’m entering, it’s a terrible habit!

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  67. Angelos

    03/21/2009 at 2:57 am

    I backup once every 2-3 months on a different pc using microsoft’s synctoy :) thanks for the contest

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  68. alberto

    03/21/2009 at 4:21 am

    i don’t make backup because i don’t have Clickfree Portable Drive 160gb :-)

    bye :-)

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  69. Frick

    03/21/2009 at 8:51 am

    I have a drive that I pulled from an old computer. I got a sleeve for it and backup all my working files.

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  70. MiKeN

    03/21/2009 at 11:18 am

    My current backup solution is my Windows Home Server which backs up my computers when I need to and stores my large amount of media files.

    This Clickfree Portable Backup Drive would allow me to transport my files anywhere I want to without relying on an internet connection.

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  71. Hoot

    03/21/2009 at 1:18 pm

    External HD, backup is when I think about it…

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  72. Kere

    03/21/2009 at 2:15 pm

    i don’t backup because i never really knew how.

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  73. Tariq

    03/21/2009 at 2:47 pm

    Carbonite and a central share for everyone at home.

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  74. M

    03/21/2009 at 8:14 pm

    I currently have no backup plan and sadly I primary use my tablet for everything…Research…Classes…Bills…Pictures of my daughter…If it dies or crashes I’m literately lost a good part of my life. But the college student life gives me no give in buying anything beyond the necessary. :( HELP!!!

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  75. Mahmoud Hammoudeh

    03/22/2009 at 4:43 am

    My current backup solution is DVD’s !!

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  76. Selby

    03/22/2009 at 1:50 pm

    I don’t back up because I currently don’t have an automated system for backing up my files. I do an occasional backup to multiple DVD’s of photos and images but otherwise it’s all up in the air. :(

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  77. Michael

    03/22/2009 at 2:57 pm

    I use an 8 gig usb stick for most of my backups. Beyond that I use dvd’s (duplicates of pictures). I would to get a full size portable backup again.

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  78. bhd

    03/22/2009 at 8:44 pm

    Files daily on thumbdrive.

    System on two external drives: one in fire safe and one pocketable. Also kept the original hardrive (complete OS, drivers, etc) when I swapped up to a larger one. This way I know I can get the thing turned on and functioning (assuming the harddrive is the thing that goes, of course).

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  79. Booji

    03/22/2009 at 9:17 pm

    Currently, I use time machine on my unibody MBP. The MBP is connected to an eSATA capable Rosewill enclosure. Its such a great treat to use time machine, since it automatically backs-up the system and the backups are accurate to the second! In fact, I had recently gotten my MBP exchanged due to a defect and when I got the new system, all I had to do was connect my time machine HD, and the Mac OS automatically transferred all my data!

    I am still looking for a reliable back up solution for my windows system. If there is a time machine equivalent for windows, that would be amazing!

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  80. BDH

    03/22/2009 at 10:44 pm

    Time Machine

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  81. Zhiqiang Zhong

    03/23/2009 at 4:17 pm

    Western Digit passport, but it runs out of space now.

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  82. Alex

    03/23/2009 at 4:32 pm

    Currently, I have no real backup for my files. Sometimes I may copy my files to my online internet account to save, and I probably will continue to do so in the future, lest something goes wrong.

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  83. JwY

    03/23/2009 at 6:42 pm

    I have an external backup that I backup to every 2 weeks or so. It’s not really a portable setup however, which would be nice.

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