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backup to email April 15, 2008

Posted by brandon in google, Tips and Tricks.

Sometimes you have files that are very important to you, and you need to make sure that you retain access to them, in the event of a catastrophe. While most people know and understand that they need to have a good backup process in place that they can trust, most people also don’t have one. The reason most people don’t have one is that it’s a pain to do.

Here’s an easy way to start backing up the important files in your life. Create a Gmail account for the purpose of storing your backed up files, then download and install

Backup to Email.

Backup to Email is a little utility that adds a context menu option on your system called, appropriately, “Backup to Email”. Choosing that menu option when right-clicking on a file will automatically zip up the file into 10 MB chunks (if the file is larger than 10 MB in the first place), and email it to a pre-determined email address. This is where that Gmail account you created comes in.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Backup to Email also has some rudimentary functionality to deal with dropped connections; if a connection is dropped during a file transfer, it will re-attempt the transfer 100 times at two minute intervals.





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