Starting A Mozy Backup for my laptop and EHD
Posted 09 May 2010 - 09:30 AM
My computer is a laptop with a nearly full 184GB hard drive and I have a 1 TB WD My Book EHD which I haven't been connecting with very often. The EHD contains all the stuff from my old desktop machine (way more than could fit on my laptop!) plus some of the newer stuff that I've been collecting on my laptop. So it's more of a storage place, not a back up, though the photos and layouts on it are backed up at Smugmug, and because I've found it slow to access, I've only been using it when I want more selection of scrapping supplies or to scrap old pictures.
How does using an automatic back up service work with laptops, which we usually close when we're not using them? And, will I need to start attaching my EHD on a daily basis, telling Mozy to back up at a certain scheduled time, or what?
For the initial back up, which I'm sure will take at least a month, judging from my past experience with Backblaze, do I have to leave my laptop open? Or do things continue to upload if I just shut the lid, which I think just makes it "sleep" not shut down?
Thanks for helping me figure this out!
I use a Canon Rebel T1i and PSE10.
my photos and layouts
Posted 09 May 2010 - 10:41 AM
I would not recommend Mozy because every time you shut down your computer it has to restart the backup when you log back onto the internet and so my own initial backup never really got off the ground. My suggestion is to get another 1 or 2 TB EHD and get Acronis and back up your laptop to the EHD with Acronis. April Showers will have more information about this as her husband does a lot of the backups with Acronis. For your own laptop backup, I would recommend Carbonite as it does backup laptops and computers but not EHD's.
Posted 09 May 2010 - 08:49 PM
let me know how you make out when you call or live chat with them...and if you need more info maybe you can pm me...i have had mozy for about 2 years now and it is fine by me
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Posted 09 May 2010 - 09:55 PM
Posted 11 May 2010 - 12:08 AM
If you do not have a desktop laying around, then you will have to leave the EHD and laptop connected to the internet while it backs up. You can interrupt the initial backup if you have too...just give it plenty of time to stop the process so it can restart later with no problems. Set it up to run at night or when you will be not using it for a while. Just remember to suspend the backup after it is done, or the system will "look" for files to back up at some point and if it can not find the files (because you are disconnected), Mozy will delete the files after a while! (I figured this out the hard way...all my files vanished and I had to do the initial backup AGAIN.)
Smaller backups, of the new or changed stuff, will not take long. Its the big backups, and initial backups, that take some time.