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Backup Options, Upcoming Spring Cleaning Tips & Win A Subscription To An Online Backup Service

It’s Tech Tuesday! Spring is in the air and I’m searching for the best Spring Cleaning Tips for your computer.
1 lucky commenter will also receive a 3 month subscription to the Backblaze Online Backup Service! Contest details at bottom of this post…

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Spring is almost here, to be exact the Spring Equinox is March 20th, and this is a great time of the year to start thinking about Spring Cleaning your computer.  For at least the entire month I will be going over some great tips you can use to cleanup your computer. A little time invested now maintaining your computer will insure that you will get the most out of your investment.

As a former longtime Windows user and one who uses Windows machines at the office I can say definitively that I know a lot more tricks for keeping your windows computer running at it’s peak. I do not have too many tricks for the MAC. The MAC doesn’t seem to need as many tools to run at peak efficiency.

But before you start doing any kind of Spring Cleaning you should learn to backup your computer. Both Windows & MACS have integrated backup options. But for many of us who are mobile, travel a bit and live off a notebook, the best option is having an online backup. At $5 a month I consider an online backup as insurance for all my Music, Photo’s, Video’s and Documents.

There are many online backup services to consider. I’ll leave you with some info here about other online backup services, so check them out and next week I will start a series of Spring Cleaning posts that will walk you through a computer cleanup. Here are some Online Backup options:

[tabs slidertype=”left tabs”] [tabcontainer] [tabtext]Crashplan[/tabtext] [tabtext]Backblaze[/tabtext] [tabtext]iDrive[/tabtext] [tabtext]Carbonite[/tabtext] [tabtext]Safecopybackup[/tabtext] [tabtext]UpdateStar[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]This backup option is a little different than the others. This little program will allow you to backup your files anywhere you have access to additional memory. You could backup to your computer, another computer and even a friends computer and you can do this all for FREE! There is also an unlimited online backup option for $3.00 a month which means you have 3 options for backing up you data, onsite on your own computer, offsite on a friends computer or in the cloud using the crashplan service. For MAC & Windows. www.Crashplan.com[/tab] [tab]I immediately hooked up with backblaze and I’m pretty impressed. Backblaze looks and feels similiar to MOZY (my previous backup service) and falls within my budget of $5.00 a month. The program was up and running in minutes and my initial backup was done in less than a week. For MAC & Windows. www.Backblaze.com [/tab] [tab]$4.95 a month to backup 150 GB’s. For MAC & Windows. www. idrive.com [/tab] [tab]Unlimited Backup’s with a yearly price of $54.95. There is a 15 day trial to test drive the service. For Windows & Intel based MACS. www.Carbonite.com [/tab] [tab]offers a 3GB account for free so you can test drive the service. A 1 year subscription will run $50 and you get a 200 GB account limit. For Windows & MAC. www.Safecopybackup.com [/tab] [tab]Update Star contacted me directly to let me know they have a special going on. $39.95 for a full year of unlimited backup’s but only for Windows. Not for MAC users. www.UpdateStar.com [/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]

[box] Backblaze has offered me a promo, one lucky commenter will receive a 3 month subscription to Backblaze, a $15 value. I’m looking for the best computer spring cleaning tips for either Windows or MAC. The best tips may be used in future postings. Leave an active email address (as BackBlaze will need this to setup the winning subscription) and I’ll enter you in a drawing for the 3-month subscription to Backblaze. Good Luck and looking forward to reading the comments. :)[/box]

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