A Friendly Reminder from Jodi’s Husband

sm_img_5012Yes that’s right, I finally convinced my husband (Mike) to write a guest post for us. YAY! I am so grateful for how supportive he has been with watching the kids while I work on the blog, helping me film videos, and listening to me talk non-stop about FOOD STORAGE. But I never thought I could convince him to actually POST on the blog until he had his own personal “emergency”. Here is his story in his own words (he is writing about Mozy which is a service we recommend in our first BabySteps Checklist):


When Jodi first told me about Mozy I thought it was a great idea … for her. She could have her whole computer backed up online and it was only 5 bucks a month. She is a PC user and has had computer crashes in the past that wiped her whole hard drive clean, so I happily agreed to let her sign up for Mozy. She asked me if I wanted to sign up for it for my Macbook and I said no because I’ve never had any Mac crashes since I first got one in 1990.

Well about two weeks ago I was complaining to Jodi that my hard drive was almost full and it was driving me crazy. Once again she suggested I should get Mozy and back everything up so that I could clear it off of my computer. I still figured I was ok and just needed to do a clean install and I could just deal with it for now and do some backup DVDs sooner or later when I had time. You can probably tell where this story is going. A week ago, amid some frozen programs, I forced a reboot on the Macbook and it started back up, but just sat at a gray screen and wouldn’t do anything. None of my system install DVDs would load, and it just sat at that gray screen. About ten minutes of diagnostics in a Mac store found that my hard drive just wouldn’t boot. The computer was fine, but the hard drive itself had completely crashed. I lost everything!

Luckily for us, all of our family photos and videos were stored on Jodi’s computer. Unluckily for the company I work for, all of my work files were on that computer and were not backed up anywhere else. I do back up here and there on DVDs, but there were at least 50 GB of files that are now frozen neatly on a worthless chunk of metal in my closet. Needless to say I have learned my lesson.

Bottom line: even the mighty Mac can have a failure (even if it happens FAR FAR FAR less often than PCs, honey) and you really have to be on top of backing up your computer, whether it’s via an external hard drive, removable media, or something like Mozy. Jodi still enjoys reminding me of the fact that Macs apparently aren’t invincible after all.

-Mike


A note from Jodi: Even if your computer doesn’t “crash” it is still important to have it backed up online or outside of your home in case of a fire, flood, or other disaster that might destroy your computer completely. That’s why it is part of our Emergency Plan! If you are interested in using Mozy‘s service you can get 10% off an annual or two year subscription by typing in FSME as the referral code. And you better believe Julie is LOVING this “I told you so” as Mozy’s BIGGEST FAN … have you seen her LOVE STORY about them?


  • Melissa

    I found your baby steps post through Pinterest and being a computer fan I decided to read this post as well. Btw my hubby and I discuss all of our expense as well!
    I have a horror story of my own. When my son was about 14 months old I bought a new digital camera because I wanted the camcorder feature (this was over 4 years ago) my hubby being a gadget lover immediately volunteered to set it up for me. A month later when I went to download all my camera cards onto my pc for backup I realized I was missing the one card from my old digital camera that had everything from my entire pregnancy my older sons first birthday and my younger sons first 13 months of life on it! Now I had backed up my pics on my computer before but we had a mishap where my oldest daughter dumped a glass of soda into my laptop and a box of backup CDs we accidentally left behind in a move and it was too late to get them when we realized it. The card turned out to not be missing at all, gadget savvy hubby is not so computer savvy and did not understand what reformat meant when he put the card into the new camcorder 🙁 I thought he had grabbed a blank one from my stash and I was very wrong. Now the only place I have any of those pics is MySpace and I can’t remember my login info. Even though they are all on there. Since I kept my photo settings private I can’t view them without being logged in. Moral of the story…. Have backups in quadruple! And don’t trust someone else to do things for you when it comes to precious photos… He still has yet to live that down. Now I keep my photos in my email (I and them to myself) I have DVD backups, camera cards, external harddrive and 2 pcs (none of which crash on me btw because I keep them cleaned out and updated) I also back up programs I download, fonts I download, and basically everything I possibly can. My parents have copies of my backup DVDs for our pics and important info as well.

    • There are for sure lots of ways to do it, and the more the better. I hate losing fonts especially!

  • Sandi

    “…I happily agreed to let her sign up for Mozy.” Really? I hope this was a slip of the fingers.

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Not sure what you mean by this … if you think it’s weird that he is “letting” me sign up for something? My husband and I are on a tight budget so we discuss all expenditures big or small. When I told him about Mozy he agreed with me that it was a good idea for me and that I should sign up. I think that’s all he was saying here. Hope that makes it clearer!

  • Sandi

    “…I happily agreed to let her sign up for Mozy.” Really? I hope this was a slip of the fingers.

  • Sandi

    “…I happily agreed to let her sign up for Mozy.” Really? I hope this was a slip of the fingers.

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Not sure what you mean by this … if you think it’s weird that he is “letting” me sign up for something? My husband and I are on a tight budget so we discuss all expenditures big or small. When I told him about Mozy he agreed with me that it was a good idea for me and that I should sign up. I think that’s all he was saying here. Hope that makes it clearer!

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Not sure what you mean by this … if you think it’s weird that he is “letting” me sign up for something? My husband and I are on a tight budget so we discuss all expenditures big or small. When I told him about Mozy he agreed with me that it was a good idea for me and that I should sign up. I think that’s all he was saying here. Hope that makes it clearer!

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Not sure what you mean by this … if you think it’s weird that he is “letting” me sign up for something? My husband and I are on a tight budget so we discuss all expenditures big or small. When I told him about Mozy he agreed with me that it was a good idea for me and that I should sign up. I think that’s all he was saying here. Hope that makes it clearer!

  • Sandi

    “…I happily agreed to let her sign up for Mozy.” Really? I hope this was a slip of the fingers.

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  • Cari

    One more thought… I can’t remember if this is in the Emergency Binder or not (my links and downloads of the first several babysteps e-mails were lost too!). You might want to consider keeping serial numbers, a photo, and receipts of your jewelry and high-end electronics/computers/valuables in the event of a home theft or fire/water damage for your insurance. We spent days trying to look up this information so we could file with the insurance company. Since this happened to us, we’ve heard of so many others who experienced home invasions. It’s much more common than you might think, and in nice neighborhoods too.

  • Cari

    One more thought… I can’t remember if this is in the Emergency Binder or not (my links and downloads of the first several babysteps e-mails were lost too!). You might want to consider keeping serial numbers, a photo, and receipts of your jewelry and high-end electronics/computers/valuables in the event of a home theft or fire/water damage for your insurance. We spent days trying to look up this information so we could file with the insurance company. Since this happened to us, we’ve heard of so many others who experienced home invasions. It’s much more common than you might think, and in nice neighborhoods too.

  • Cari

    One more thought… I can’t remember if this is in the Emergency Binder or not (my links and downloads of the first several babysteps e-mails were lost too!). You might want to consider keeping serial numbers, a photo, and receipts of your jewelry and high-end electronics/computers/valuables in the event of a home theft or fire/water damage for your insurance. We spent days trying to look up this information so we could file with the insurance company. Since this happened to us, we’ve heard of so many others who experienced home invasions. It’s much more common than you might think, and in nice neighborhoods too.

  • Cari

    One more thought… I can’t remember if this is in the Emergency Binder or not (my links and downloads of the first several babysteps e-mails were lost too!). You might want to consider keeping serial numbers, a photo, and receipts of your jewelry and high-end electronics/computers/valuables in the event of a home theft or fire/water damage for your insurance. We spent days trying to look up this information so we could file with the insurance company. Since this happened to us, we’ve heard of so many others who experienced home invasions. It’s much more common than you might think, and in nice neighborhoods too.

  • Cari

    Here’s my own computer emergency horror story…. I too, use a mac and have never had a problem. I keep everything on my computer, and as a graphic designer, even all my client artwork files are there.

    Well, when I received my first babysteps checklist and it said “don’t skip backing up your computer on Mozy” I thought I was fine, because I have an external drive to back up. In this story, my unbreakable Mac was just fine. It was the double deadbolt on my back door that was broken. We came home from a day trip to find our home had been broken into and they had taken my laptop, my husband’s laptop and two work computers, and the backup drive. All of our data was gone forever.

    Thankfully, I had recently saved the past 6 years of photos onto CDs, so I only lost this last year of photos (the whole life of my baby, now 10 months old). The computers were not worth that much but we lost hours and hours of work and so many photos that cannot be replaced. I never thought this could happen to me. But I will be backing up my computer from now on! Love this site. Thanks for all the great info.

  • Cari

    Here’s my own computer emergency horror story…. I too, use a mac and have never had a problem. I keep everything on my computer, and as a graphic designer, even all my client artwork files are there.

    Well, when I received my first babysteps checklist and it said “don’t skip backing up your computer on Mozy” I thought I was fine, because I have an external drive to back up. In this story, my unbreakable Mac was just fine. It was the double deadbolt on my back door that was broken. We came home from a day trip to find our home had been broken into and they had taken my laptop, my husband’s laptop and two work computers, and the backup drive. All of our data was gone forever.

    Thankfully, I had recently saved the past 6 years of photos onto CDs, so I only lost this last year of photos (the whole life of my baby, now 10 months old). The computers were not worth that much but we lost hours and hours of work and so many photos that cannot be replaced. I never thought this could happen to me. But I will be backing up my computer from now on! Love this site. Thanks for all the great info.

  • Cari

    Here’s my own computer emergency horror story…. I too, use a mac and have never had a problem. I keep everything on my computer, and as a graphic designer, even all my client artwork files are there.

    Well, when I received my first babysteps checklist and it said “don’t skip backing up your computer on Mozy” I thought I was fine, because I have an external drive to back up. In this story, my unbreakable Mac was just fine. It was the double deadbolt on my back door that was broken. We came home from a day trip to find our home had been broken into and they had taken my laptop, my husband’s laptop and two work computers, and the backup drive. All of our data was gone forever.

    Thankfully, I had recently saved the past 6 years of photos onto CDs, so I only lost this last year of photos (the whole life of my baby, now 10 months old). The computers were not worth that much but we lost hours and hours of work and so many photos that cannot be replaced. I never thought this could happen to me. But I will be backing up my computer from now on! Love this site. Thanks for all the great info.

  • Cari

    Here’s my own computer emergency horror story…. I too, use a mac and have never had a problem. I keep everything on my computer, and as a graphic designer, even all my client artwork files are there.

    Well, when I received my first babysteps checklist and it said “don’t skip backing up your computer on Mozy” I thought I was fine, because I have an external drive to back up. In this story, my unbreakable Mac was just fine. It was the double deadbolt on my back door that was broken. We came home from a day trip to find our home had been broken into and they had taken my laptop, my husband’s laptop and two work computers, and the backup drive. All of our data was gone forever.

    Thankfully, I had recently saved the past 6 years of photos onto CDs, so I only lost this last year of photos (the whole life of my baby, now 10 months old). The computers were not worth that much but we lost hours and hours of work and so many photos that cannot be replaced. I never thought this could happen to me. But I will be backing up my computer from now on! Love this site. Thanks for all the great info.

  • Thanks for sharing but don’t lose hope. There are companies that can easily retrieve your data from a crashed hard drive. It isn’t cheap but if the data is important to you it can be recovered.

    Also while saving online is a good step, it is only a middle step. The “cloud” can go down as well, so you save online and then you backup offline. That way even if the “cloud” goes down (i.e. your online storage) you still have an accessible backup.

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Michael, we looked into trying to retrieve the data and they said it would be $1400 to try to get anything off of it. The company Mike works for decided the files weren’t worth THAT much. I agree with you about having an alternative backup offline as well. Mike actually did have some of his personal files backed up but his disc drive has also recently stopped working. So much for that unbreakable Mac eh? I hate backing up to discs so at least Mozy keeps me somewhat covered if I accidentally wait a few months or years in between my backups!

  • Thanks for sharing but don’t lose hope. There are companies that can easily retrieve your data from a crashed hard drive. It isn’t cheap but if the data is important to you it can be recovered.

    Also while saving online is a good step, it is only a middle step. The “cloud” can go down as well, so you save online and then you backup offline. That way even if the “cloud” goes down (i.e. your online storage) you still have an accessible backup.

  • Thanks for sharing but don’t lose hope. There are companies that can easily retrieve your data from a crashed hard drive. It isn’t cheap but if the data is important to you it can be recovered.

    Also while saving online is a good step, it is only a middle step. The “cloud” can go down as well, so you save online and then you backup offline. That way even if the “cloud” goes down (i.e. your online storage) you still have an accessible backup.

  • Thanks for sharing but don’t lose hope. There are companies that can easily retrieve your data from a crashed hard drive. It isn’t cheap but if the data is important to you it can be recovered.

    Also while saving online is a good step, it is only a middle step. The “cloud” can go down as well, so you save online and then you backup offline. That way even if the “cloud” goes down (i.e. your online storage) you still have an accessible backup.

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Michael, we looked into trying to retrieve the data and they said it would be $1400 to try to get anything off of it. The company Mike works for decided the files weren’t worth THAT much. I agree with you about having an alternative backup offline as well. Mike actually did have some of his personal files backed up but his disc drive has also recently stopped working. So much for that unbreakable Mac eh? I hate backing up to discs so at least Mozy keeps me somewhat covered if I accidentally wait a few months or years in between my backups!

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Michael, we looked into trying to retrieve the data and they said it would be $1400 to try to get anything off of it. The company Mike works for decided the files weren’t worth THAT much. I agree with you about having an alternative backup offline as well. Mike actually did have some of his personal files backed up but his disc drive has also recently stopped working. So much for that unbreakable Mac eh? I hate backing up to discs so at least Mozy keeps me somewhat covered if I accidentally wait a few months or years in between my backups!

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Michael, we looked into trying to retrieve the data and they said it would be $1400 to try to get anything off of it. The company Mike works for decided the files weren’t worth THAT much. I agree with you about having an alternative backup offline as well. Mike actually did have some of his personal files backed up but his disc drive has also recently stopped working. So much for that unbreakable Mac eh? I hate backing up to discs so at least Mozy keeps me somewhat covered if I accidentally wait a few months or years in between my backups!

  • You were so right! I love that … but sad for your husband and his files. Now that your husband has been a guest blogger he is sure to be hooked!

  • You were so right! I love that … but sad for your husband and his files. Now that your husband has been a guest blogger he is sure to be hooked!

  • You were so right! I love that … but sad for your husband and his files. Now that your husband has been a guest blogger he is sure to be hooked!

  • You were so right! I love that … but sad for your husband and his files. Now that your husband has been a guest blogger he is sure to be hooked!

  • Joyce

    Thanks for sharing this.:) We have had a couple of crashes in the past too. Not fun.

    Nice meeting you, Mike!
    Joyce

  • Joyce

    Thanks for sharing this.:) We have had a couple of crashes in the past too. Not fun.

    Nice meeting you, Mike!
    Joyce

  • Joyce

    Thanks for sharing this.:) We have had a couple of crashes in the past too. Not fun.

    Nice meeting you, Mike!
    Joyce

  • Joyce

    Thanks for sharing this.:) We have had a couple of crashes in the past too. Not fun.

    Nice meeting you, Mike!
    Joyce

  • I had heard all the horror stories of online scrapbookers, of which I am one, who lost everything when experiencing computer problems. Once I went to digital photos I ‘knew’ I needed an external hard drive but just kept putting it off. About 8 weeks ago I found one on sale, bought it and backed up my computer. Less than 3 weeks ago I had computer problems that forced me to use my Recovery disc & it wiped my computer clean! I sat in panic thinking of all the things I would have lost! So much preparedness information as well as personal things. I am still finding software that I had downloaded online but never bothered to back up on a CD so I would have a ‘hard copy’…trust me.. do it! Anyway…even with my external hard drive I decided to use Mozy; mostly because of Jodi’s recommendation here. I signed up and began the backup process. It seemed to be taking a long time, which I had been advised of when registering. But to aleave my fears I emailed Mozy support. I had a prompt reply to my question plus I asked a second question…Mozy could not have given better customer service! I had several follow up emails…”Were all my concerns addressed, did I have any further issues that they could help with and to never hesitate to contact them with any problems or questions”. This excellent experience with Mozy makes me feel confident that my files are doubly protected. Thanks Jodi!!
    And PLEASE if you are not backed up and protected do it immediately; nothing will make you cry like losing precious information/photos/records would do.
    Best to All,
    Darlene

  • I had heard all the horror stories of online scrapbookers, of which I am one, who lost everything when experiencing computer problems. Once I went to digital photos I ‘knew’ I needed an external hard drive but just kept putting it off. About 8 weeks ago I found one on sale, bought it and backed up my computer. Less than 3 weeks ago I had computer problems that forced me to use my Recovery disc & it wiped my computer clean! I sat in panic thinking of all the things I would have lost! So much preparedness information as well as personal things. I am still finding software that I had downloaded online but never bothered to back up on a CD so I would have a ‘hard copy’…trust me.. do it! Anyway…even with my external hard drive I decided to use Mozy; mostly because of Jodi’s recommendation here. I signed up and began the backup process. It seemed to be taking a long time, which I had been advised of when registering. But to aleave my fears I emailed Mozy support. I had a prompt reply to my question plus I asked a second question…Mozy could not have given better customer service! I had several follow up emails…”Were all my concerns addressed, did I have any further issues that they could help with and to never hesitate to contact them with any problems or questions”. This excellent experience with Mozy makes me feel confident that my files are doubly protected. Thanks Jodi!!
    And PLEASE if you are not backed up and protected do it immediately; nothing will make you cry like losing precious information/photos/records would do.
    Best to All,
    Darlene

  • I had heard all the horror stories of online scrapbookers, of which I am one, who lost everything when experiencing computer problems. Once I went to digital photos I ‘knew’ I needed an external hard drive but just kept putting it off. About 8 weeks ago I found one on sale, bought it and backed up my computer. Less than 3 weeks ago I had computer problems that forced me to use my Recovery disc & it wiped my computer clean! I sat in panic thinking of all the things I would have lost! So much preparedness information as well as personal things. I am still finding software that I had downloaded online but never bothered to back up on a CD so I would have a ‘hard copy’…trust me.. do it! Anyway…even with my external hard drive I decided to use Mozy; mostly because of Jodi’s recommendation here. I signed up and began the backup process. It seemed to be taking a long time, which I had been advised of when registering. But to aleave my fears I emailed Mozy support. I had a prompt reply to my question plus I asked a second question…Mozy could not have given better customer service! I had several follow up emails…”Were all my concerns addressed, did I have any further issues that they could help with and to never hesitate to contact them with any problems or questions”. This excellent experience with Mozy makes me feel confident that my files are doubly protected. Thanks Jodi!!
    And PLEASE if you are not backed up and protected do it immediately; nothing will make you cry like losing precious information/photos/records would do.
    Best to All,
    Darlene

  • I had heard all the horror stories of online scrapbookers, of which I am one, who lost everything when experiencing computer problems. Once I went to digital photos I ‘knew’ I needed an external hard drive but just kept putting it off. About 8 weeks ago I found one on sale, bought it and backed up my computer. Less than 3 weeks ago I had computer problems that forced me to use my Recovery disc & it wiped my computer clean! I sat in panic thinking of all the things I would have lost! So much preparedness information as well as personal things. I am still finding software that I had downloaded online but never bothered to back up on a CD so I would have a ‘hard copy’…trust me.. do it! Anyway…even with my external hard drive I decided to use Mozy; mostly because of Jodi’s recommendation here. I signed up and began the backup process. It seemed to be taking a long time, which I had been advised of when registering. But to aleave my fears I emailed Mozy support. I had a prompt reply to my question plus I asked a second question…Mozy could not have given better customer service! I had several follow up emails…”Were all my concerns addressed, did I have any further issues that they could help with and to never hesitate to contact them with any problems or questions”. This excellent experience with Mozy makes me feel confident that my files are doubly protected. Thanks Jodi!!
    And PLEASE if you are not backed up and protected do it immediately; nothing will make you cry like losing precious information/photos/records would do.
    Best to All,
    Darlene

  • Emily

    That is so sad : ( But sometimes it takes “natural dissasters” to teach us the fun lessons in life. I have an external hard drive, and I love it. I just keep it with my dissaster kit in my closet and whenever I need to back something up I grab it and then put it right back where it was.

  • Emily

    That is so sad : ( But sometimes it takes “natural dissasters” to teach us the fun lessons in life. I have an external hard drive, and I love it. I just keep it with my dissaster kit in my closet and whenever I need to back something up I grab it and then put it right back where it was.

  • Emily

    That is so sad : ( But sometimes it takes “natural dissasters” to teach us the fun lessons in life. I have an external hard drive, and I love it. I just keep it with my dissaster kit in my closet and whenever I need to back something up I grab it and then put it right back where it was.

  • Emily

    That is so sad : ( But sometimes it takes “natural dissasters” to teach us the fun lessons in life. I have an external hard drive, and I love it. I just keep it with my dissaster kit in my closet and whenever I need to back something up I grab it and then put it right back where it was.