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Carbonite Online Back-Up {A Review+Giveaway}

Posted: December 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Carbonite, Reviews and Giveaways | 19 Comments »

Before we had the boys, we didn’t have a digital camera.  I was vehemently against the thought of one, all the digital pics I had seen to that point were pretty terrible.  Of course soon after they were born we bought our first one.  We wore that thing out, as parents tend to do when they have their first child.

Everything was diligently uploaded to our computer and then left.  I think I have a hundred or so pics that were actually printed out.  Quite a few were uploaded to the blog of course and some to Shutterfly to share with the family, but nothing consistent.

Then, our hard drive crashed when they were like 9 months old.  And we lost everything.  I was in hysterics for about a week.  We had lost every picture of the boys.  Gone.  Poof.

Pre-kids I would have been worried about things like losing the thousand or so albums we had uploaded to our iTunes account, but things were different now.

We’d talked about getting a back-up system in place plenty of times, but we never had.  It was always one of those things we were going to research or wait until we had some rainy day money for but we waited a bit too long.

Now I have Carbonite.

Carbonite logo

– 13% of hard drives fail each year
– 50% of computer users have lost or accidentally deleted files from their primary computer
– Approximately 2 million laptops are stolen every year, and 2% are never recovered

(Why Online Back-Up)

Carbonite is an online back-up system that automatically stores your documents, settings, email, pictures and music.  After the initial back-up was done (which take 3-4 days) I was able to go back in and add all the videos and anything else that wasn’t saved.  They even make it easy by putting a little colored dot on each item so you know if it’s already been backed-up.

It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be!  Because Carbonite works in the background and goes to sleep while you are active on the computer, you don’t notice a slow-down at all.  Everything is saved just as it is on my computer so I can easily navigate where to find it if I need to.  I couldn’t be happier!

I know I’m not the only one who has deleted an important email or lost precious memories because of an ill-timed hard drive crash.  Because of this, Carbonite is offering a 1 year subscription for unlimited Online Back-up ($59 value) to one of my readers!  Who out there needs a safe and easy back-up system that is no-muss, no-fuss?

To enter this giveaway, please fill out the Rafflecopter form.



Disclosure: I was provided a product for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own.

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19 Comments on “Carbonite Online Back-Up {A Review+Giveaway}”

  1. 1 Beverly said at 9:44 am on December 7th, 2011:

    I can relate! Our hard drive crashed with all of our wedding photos and our eldests first year on it! $1,000 later they were recovered… Hmn…$59 investment or heartache, lots of cash and stress? I was just sharing with someone last night how I first met you in the photo department– me and my obsession of printing out baby pics! Funny how that has changed since baby 2! Why is that?

  2. 2 Deidra said at 10:58 am on December 7th, 2011:

    I've been worried about my computer for a while now, and my dad was just telling me about Carbonite. I'm going to have to look into it!

  3. 3 Book Sp(l)ot Reviews said at 7:26 pm on December 7th, 2011:

    I had a computer get smooshed and broken this past summer (a really pretty new one, too) and I'm still having to catch up some book reviews for my blog I lost . . . The one thing I'd really hate to lose, though, would be my writing – really can't replace that.

  4. 4 T. Lawson said at 4:16 pm on December 8th, 2011:

    All of my important documents.

  5. 5 Steve said at 3:24 am on December 9th, 2011:

    I love back up systems that do not take much of your speed. I had installed a back up system on my PC last year and what I got was a reduced speed. I would love to get this for my PC.
    My recent post The Root and Solutions of Commitment Phobia

  6. 6 John said at 4:14 am on December 9th, 2011:

    Using this back up system, you can ensure that you do not lose any photos :-). Having a back up system is what I recommend to all my friends and all that they are worried about is the speed getting impacted. Thanks for information about this great product.
    My recent post Will My Ex Come Back ?

  7. 7 Ann said at 11:36 pm on December 9th, 2011:

    Just thinking about back-up makes me nervous!! It is so easy to get way behind on it (like I am now), so I love this giveaway, it sounds so easy!

  8. 8 Yt said at 12:26 pm on December 12th, 2011:

    I’ve been a satisfied Carbonite fan for 4 years now, and there’s no doubt for me that it provides a huge heap of reassurance. I haven’t had a complete crash yet, but I’ve recovered individual files, retrieved copies from the Remote Access facility to a different computer, and done a complete restore to a new rig. Support Chat has been there to help me a couple of times, and that’s also been very cool. In all, I’m happy to give them more years when the time comes …….. and having a free year for the netbook I welcomed to the household last week would most definitely be a welcome addition!

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  9. 9 Ann Fudge Cluck said at 2:27 am on December 14th, 2011:

    Pictures and all my online business information

  10. 10 Jim W. said at 10:01 am on December 16th, 2011:

    I have a ton of photos of my family

  11. 11 DebbyM said at 11:33 pm on December 18th, 2011:

    I would hate to lose my photos and important docs….makes me antsy just thinking about it.


  12. 12 Christian Documentaries said at 7:30 pm on December 20th, 2011:

    i'd hate to lose my photos for work.

  13. 13 Jill L said at 9:37 pm on December 20th, 2011:

    All my pictures. I just got rid of a virus from my computer and all I could think about were all those pictures that were on it. I didn't even care if I didn't get the computer back, just wanted my pictures.

  14. 14 kristina said at 10:01 am on December 21st, 2011:

    I have already lost my pictures once, and It would kill me to lose them again

  15. 15 Michelle S. said at 10:20 am on December 21st, 2011:

    I've got a copy of all of the pictures taken of my niece. She passed away in September, at age 22 months. I'd hate to lose all of them.

  16. 16 Lori said at 10:37 am on December 21st, 2011:

    I would die if I lost The Gnome's baby pictures.
    My recent post Nursing in Public After 1 Year

  17. 17 Shauna said at 12:11 pm on December 21st, 2011:

    My Family photos

  18. 18 Beth Duncan said at 2:34 pm on December 21st, 2011:

    All 1000+ of my photos!!!

  19. 19 stephanie said at 3:20 pm on December 21st, 2011:

    My pictures!!!!

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