Should You Get Online Backup for an Old PC?

obrBy Mauricio Prinzlau — Last Updated: 08 Jun'15 2015-06-07T06:22:34+00:00Google+

Now, this is a tricky question. There are many people who still stick to their old PCs from 2002 or even before mostly because of nostalgia (certainly not because of ease-of-use). I used to do the same thing. I had an old Dell PC here at my office with a 60GB hard drive, something like 512MB Ram and a crappy CPU.

But you know what? I loved it! I had shared so many years with this “beautiful” device that it was too hard to get rid of it. If you’re having a hard time too, maybe it’s to ask what  can be done with the data which is stored on that old machine. Remember, hard drives fail every 4 years on average, so if yours is ten years old, it is long overdue!

Is Online Backup to the Cloud Even Viable?

In order to protect your fossilized data, consider backing it up to the cloud. There are great services out there that can help you with that process and we review a lot of them. But there is one critical question that remains: will your old PC be able to perform an online backup?

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It is good that you’re thinking about backing it up in the first place. Online backup can drain your system quite a bit. So if you choose to go for cloud backup, you definitely setup a backup schedule for when you’re not using the computer.

Some older PCs also limit your Internet connection, slowing down a backup even further. So getting your full initial backup into the cloud will take a lot of patience.

Time is For The Weak, What Shall I Do Next?

If you choose an online backup service, make sure their client still supports your old PC, including the operating system you’re running it with. You’re really going to have a hard time with Windows ’98, I can tell you that. On the company’s website, there may be some information about the requirements the client needs for the process to run smoothly.

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If there’s really no information about  the  OS you’ve selected (almost everyone supports Windows XP, but lower than that is difficult find), send a shout out to customer support and have them solve the mystery. Is online backup the best option in such as case? Probably not.

The best option you have is to upgrade the PC. I know it maybe hard or simply not cost effective. And there maybe a lot of memories tied to it, like:

  • Moving into your first apartment
  • Looking at photos of the first beach you’ve ever seen
  • Your first child’s birthday
  • Those memories in Hooters from your bachelor party

But try transfering the data to a new machine or use an external hard drive to backup the content, and then use a friend’s or library computer to again backup the contents of the hard drive online. Backing up manually is a pain, but for really old machines, probably the only viable option.

Can you get rid of your old PC or did you find a good backup solution instead? Let us know our preferred method:

  • Upgrade the PC (we recommend this option)
  • Pray the selected provider supports Dinosaur OS
  • Backup to an external HDD then save it online via a secondary (more modern) PC.

Whatever you do decide, or even did decide, feel free to share you story with us in the comments section below.

 

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