There is one unavoidable mishap that will strike us all at some point while working with data: data loss. It has happened to us all, an accidental file deletion, power outage, or the inevitable hard drive failure. Any one of these can strike at the least opportune moment. We all know we need a solid backup software strategy in place, however how many of us have one? Are you backing up to an online back up service, a back up server or a local back up hard drive. Ideally your backup strategy should combine of at least 2 of these options to protect your data.
What if I told you one of your favorite services offered a file history with versioning, that backed up your data instantly and forever. Is available to you now, all you have to do is turn it on. Would you?
Packrat – Turn Dropbox Into An Online Backup Service
Most everyone has heard of Dropbox by now. The super simple cloud service that makes your files, Ie: photos documents, spreadsheets, presentations, movies, etc… available everywhere, on any device. Dropbox is amazing in that it “saves a history of all deleted and earlier versions of files for 30 days for all Dropbox accounts by default” for free accounts. This is a nice feature for sure and covers many situations.
However, most of us have never heard about Dropbox’s most powerful feature that can save your day: Packrat. Packrat by Dropbox is a Pro feature that saves your file history indefinitely, as in forever, as long as you remain a Pro account holder. It is $39.00 a year and is worth its weight in gold.
The Packrat feature turns Dropbox into an online backup service. An online backup server that makes files and data available forever. Not just the most recent file, all versions of a file. Think of how valuable that is to you as an individual or a small business owner. Consider how complex most remote backup servers are to set up & maintain, RAID servers, setting up various online back up services. Worse, what online backup services don’t tell you is how difficult it is to restore your data backups.
Dropbox is not just an access my files anywhere service today. Dropbox is an indefinite and instant backup service for your files forever. Packrat gives me peace of mind all my files are recoverable and restorable, instantly, anywhere. And it has saved me!
If you are a free Dropbox account holder, upgrade to Pro and sign up for Packrat on checkout. Already a Pro account holder, upgrade to include Packrat. Need a Dropbox account? Sign up by clicking here.
Final Analysis: While I do not advocate Dropbox Packrat as a data backup system on its own, you’d be wise to start here if nothing else. One day it will pay for itself 1,000 times over.