Computer Fail - Moving To The Cloud

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Real Estate Services with Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

Everyone has heard this phrase "it's not a matter of IF, it's a matter of when" and unfortunately this is so true.  This past week at NARdiGras in New Orleans, my computer hard-drive crashed and I lost all the data that was stored on it.  Luckily I have backed up many of the folders and items, but not everything.  I'm disappointed in myself for not making sure ALL my files were backed up, thinking that I might be exempt from this ever happening to me.

The process of getting my computer fixed in New Orleans is a story I'll save for another time since the experience and adventure were extraordinary, but the outcome wasn't so bad since eventually, I was able to get a new hard drive installed and have my computer finally working again.  This can and will happen to you too.  Your motherboard will go out, your hard-drive will fail, the video card will fry, your computer will crash. 

BE SURE TO BACK UP YOUR WORK AND FILES REGULARLY!

Unlike previous computer "fails" that I've experienced where I would reinstall a bunch of software apps, files, and plug-ins etc.,  this time I'm going to create and try to do almost everything on the web instead.  There are enough resources and apps on the "cloud" that will make this easy and possible.  Obviously you can't do everything on the web but with all the online tools and resources, it's time to consider the options available? 

I'm all about trying to minimize the damage from hardware and software failures in the future.  Now that there are companies like the ones mentioned in this video, moving to the cloud is even easier than ever and might be the best option for folks like me looking to take their software, hardware and even server issues to a worry-free environment. 

Yep, Today I'm moving to the cloud!

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BTW - My hard drive has been in Emergency Data Recovery since last Wednesday, they say it is still trying to salvage files but they are making no promises what-so-ever.  I have pretty much let it go at this point. Data recovery and system restore are pretty much a miracle at this point.  :(  I do believe in miracles though!  :-))

November 15, 2010 05:42 PM
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Dale Kreiser
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Hey Brad,

 

I feel your pain over this transition.  Made my move to the cloud 2 years ago and I'm not moving back.  The last time my Outlook crashed, it was July 2008.  In all my busy-ness I had a 2 month gap in backups, in other words I lost 2 months of contacts/emails and docs.

Hello GMail and cloud apps.  In fact we built our entire eXp Realty model completely on the cloud.  

Good luck with your miracle!

November 19, 2010 01:07 PM
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Bill Gillhespy
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
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Hi Brad,  Very interesting.  I've heard that many web site providers are using this concept quite successfully.  Even spreading themselves between " clouds " .  Sounds amazing and way beyond my grasp !

February 18, 2011 02:33 PM
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James Loftis
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Hello Brad,

I have been using an online service to back up all my data to the cloud for over 2 years now, and belive that it is money well spent.

July 06, 2011 08:43 PM
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James - you are on it my friend.

Mozy.com is a site that allows backing to the cloud for 4.95 a month unlimited.

Wise to always backup everything onto an external drive or to the cloud. 

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