How To Back Up Offsite for Free with rsync

Posted by Kevin Herring

Let's face it, backing up data is boring. No one gets excited about it, and so I'll bet there many of you who still, in spite of your ever-increasing personal digital data stores, don't have an robust solution in place. You see
that external hard drive next to your PC with all your backups on it? That doesn't count if it's not offsite. Ask yourself this: If your house burned down tomorrow, how much data would you lose? I'll bet there aren't many of you who could say "nothing".

So what are your choices for that offsite backup? Well, you could let Google look after your data. However, I find their costs a little steep. There are plenty of other online data storage providers too, but they all cost money. You could copy it all on to a USB hard drive and leave it at your parents' or a friend's house. But what about the photos from your holiday last month?
When will they get copied onto it? And that album you bought on iTunes awhile ago? You can't quite remember if you bought that before or after your last backup, can you?

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