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Published: 22 Oct 2012

It's cathartic for me to confess my stupidity publicly. I've written and edited articles for this magazine about the importance of data protection and the flakiness of disk drives for the past six-plus years, but I never backed up my laptop data. Like many other people I know, I thought a disk crash wouldn't happen to me. But after I suffered a recent catastrophic disk crash on my laptop, I started to seriously investigate laptop backup options. The solution had to fit my personality profile: lazy and forgetful. I discovered that there are numerous products geared toward home-office lone wolves like me. Rebit's Rebit, Seagate Technology's FreeAgent Pro and Maxtor OneTouch 4, and Western Digital's WD Passport, to name just a few, come with external hard drives of various sizes coupled with some type of backup software. All of these products but one require some kind of setup and restore process. The only setup Rebit--the product I'm currently using--requires is to plug in a USB cable; no installation, configuration, scheduling or managing is needed. In other ... Access >>>

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