Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 05:09 AM
Data loss is brutal to deal with. Regular Digital Home Thoughts readers know that I bring up the issue of data backup regularly, because sadly most people don't take data backups seriously until they've lost something they cared about (I know I was the same way). The folks at Seagate, in conjunction with Notebooks.com and nine other Web sites, would like to give one lucky winner a head start on changing their backup habits by giving them a Seagate FreeAgent Go 500 GB portable drive, and a monstrous 1TB FreeAgent Desk drive. For those of you not so good at the mathematics, that's 1500 GB of storage space, all at blazing USB 2.0 speeds. What's not to love?
Want to win this hard drive prize package? All you have to do is answer the following question: What do you have on your notebook or desktop computer that you'd be devastated if you lost? Have you ever lost important data - what happened? Post your reply in this discussion thread, one comment per person. The winner will be chosen randomly from all the posted comments. Your deadline for submitting your comment is 11:59 PM Pacific Time on December the 6th. The winner will be announced on Monday the 8th.
Interested in increasing your chances of winning? Stop by each of these other nine great sites and enter their contests as well:
UPDATE: ...and the winner of this contest is...Heatwave316! Thanks to everyone for entering - it was great to see 160 entries for this contest, although it was hard to read about some data loss stories - I feel your pain, I know what it's like. For the 159 of you who didn't win, and to everyone else reading this, I'd really encourage you to back up your data if you're not already doing so. An external USB hard drive is a great way to start, but automatic online backups are an even more economical way to back up your data and they have the added protection of being off site - that local hard drive sitting next to your computer? Fire, flood, theft, or any number of other things will take that hard drive out if it takes your computer out. My personal choice for online backups is Mozy [Affiliate], and they just so happen to have a 10% discount coupon this month. The coupon code is DECEMBER. I'm currently backing up just over 180 GB of data with Mozy (yeah, it took a while to upload) and all my restore tests have worked quite well. Give it a try!