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Free Off-site Backups
Posted by: Bill Buchanan (ID *****2311) Date: July 27, 2007 at 07:47:34
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My main genealogy database has about 20,000 people and a fair amount of documentation, but a compressed backup is still only 4.5 MB, so I email a copy to myself from time to time on my free Gmail account. That way I have a secure backup in case my house burns down (or whatever), and that is accessible from anywhere that I have access to the internet. But Gmail limits the size of attachments to 10 GB. What do you do if your backup is 11 MB in size, or larger? The following paragraphs have a good solution to the problem.

Dick Eastman's latest newsletter has an article on, a site that is receiving increased attention for providing FREE online backups, up to 2 Gigabytes. This is enough space to store a backup of your genealogy database plus lots of other essential files. (Moving this amount of data is not practical on dial-up.)

Dick writes "I depend on to protect my files on both Windows and Macintosh systems. What I like best about Mozy is that it is automatic: I don't have to remember to make backups. Whenever my system is connected online, Mozy automatically backs up all new or newly-changed files every couple of hours without human intervention." To read the full article see

Another useful site for genealogists is (put in the "www." to get past their advertisement page).
To send long URLs by email, you can translate them into a short form at

Bill Buchanan

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