Be Prepared and Back up your Files with Carbonite Giveaway

Three years ago we were in a neighborhood forest fire. We woke up in the middle of the night with the flames in our backyard. There was no time to grab anything except the kids and the dog. I drove away in tears knowing we just lost everything.

God and the wind spared us. We had complete outside damage, but not one thread of carpet was harmed on the inside.

My next door neighbors were not so fortunate.


Did you know?

  • A survey from Carbonite found that 82% of Americans only keep electronic files saved on their computer hard drive.  This means that most are at risk for losing their files forever — whether it be precious photos of their kids, a pricey music collection, or important documents — if their computer is damaged by severe weather.
  • 40% of Americans feel like they would never be able to recover, recreate or repurchase lost items if their personal computer were destroyed.
  • FEMA found that 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never re-open after a disaster in which company data was lost, which suggests that better backup preparation may have helped.


Photos are always the first thing on my mind. Now in the digital age all of my photos are on my computer. Every single one. Last year I decided to needed to take charge and make sure that I never ever lose them. I bought Carbonite.

Carbonite is an online backup service where you do absolutely nothing and you are safe. You’ll never lose your files. Ever.

Everyday Carbonite backs up all of my new files without me even knowing it does. It works in the background of my computer automatically. I can easily tell by a little colored dot if that particular file has been saved yet. If not I can back it up myself.

I access ANY file wherever I am and have online access, even on my smartphone. I can get ALL of my files back if my laptop was ever lost or damaged. Easily.

To me, buying Carbonite is worth every penny because I now feel safe knowing that I can never lose a thing.


 Try Carbonite for FREE like I originally did to see if you like it. This link will let you try it for a month. No credit card required! 🙂


1 Year Subscription to Carbonite ($59)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!
I received a subscription for my review and was not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own. This giveaway will end on May 17, 2012 at midnight EST. Winners will be drawn via rafflecopter. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and they will have 48 hours to reply before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to anyone worldwide and you must be 18 years of age or older. Giveaway not affiliated with Facebook & I release them of liability. Winner will be posted in the rafflecopter widget.


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  • I tried to backup to a CD but it wouldn't happen for reasons I do not know. I have some files on a USB drive but of course it would be lost in a disaster.
  • No, my external hard drive stopped working and now I dont have a backup. I do have a backup of all my photos and thats it.
  • We are familiar with Carbonite and have thought of signing up. One issue we have is that we store some key files automatically on a portable drive and it is my understanding that Carbonite won't back-up external drives such as ours.
  • I am not backing up now and frankly I am ashamed to admit it. I used to faithfully every day and I am well aware of the fact that I am taking a chance without backing up. Thanks so much for the chance to win!
  • We back up on an external hard drive, but if we had a house fire or water damage, we'd lose all our photos and data.
  • I do all my backing up on external hard drives but it takes forever to do a full back up... I think carbonite might be a better way to go... hope I win to try it out
  • I back up to an external hard drive, but would we think to grab it in an emergency? I've heard good things about Carbonite. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com
  • I am really bad about backing up our files, and I had heard of Carbonite & actually have it on my to-do list to look into them further & possibly subscribe. So I would LOVE winning this prize!
  • I did the one month trial in the past and liked it - but couldn't afford the subscription so no I am NOT backing up now and TERRIFIED something will happen! I need to win this or at least just go buy it! :) And what a terrible experience with that fire! I am glad you didn't lose everything.
  • I have an external hard drive that we have everything on my desk top saved on but an internet based storage - nope - we don't have! That must have been scary! One of my old co-workers/friend lost her whole mobile home and everything in it to a fire before I met her. Luckily she was at work and her girls weren't at home! She said it was devastating to lose everything...I can't even imagine!
  • I am really BAD at backing up and I know better. I really do need to do it more often than once a year or so. I felt so awful when I read your story. I'm so glad that you and your family made it out safely, though.
  • My husband has some kind of device, but I can figure out how to use it and it's so slow he hardly ever uses it either.
  • I am not backing up and I should be because I had a huge scare when an external hard drive failed that I had stored all my pictures on. They were recovered but it cost way more than $59 per year!

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