Data Backup Options

Over the past couple of days I’ve been looking into options on how to backup my data. I know that it is only a matter of time before my PC dies and who knows what will happen when it does. So, I am looking for a something in between doing nothing and getting a brand new PC.

The reason that I want to backup all of this “stuff” is because a lot of those 1s and 0s mean a lot to me. I’d go nuts if I lost all of my photos or my documents or anything else that I keep on my data drive. So, I need an option to make sure that it will at least have a surviving chance in case something goes wrong.

I have pretty much narrowed it down to the following three options:

  1. Networked Share Drive from Buffalo Technologies (Gigabit LinkStation)
  2. A Firewire/USB 2.0 drive
  3. A drive enclosure for any standard hard drive

Now, what makes this tricky is that I want this to work with my Mac and my PC. If I wanted them to work at the same time, well… I’d need the network drive. Unless I shared off a drive from my PC. Again, another option. But, the problem is that I can’t figure out if I’d actually benefit from the network drive or not. It is the most expensive of the three options, which is something to consider.

What I am curious about is what other people have experienced, or what they would recommend for external backup devices. I am just beginning to look and I want to make sure I cover all of my bases before I make a purchase, if I decide later on to do so. So, any help or advice you have is appreciated.