I am sure we have all heard it before, a friends hard drive crashed and all the files they had are now gone. You think wow that must really suck but of course that would never happen to my own machine. Well a hard drive will eventually crash it is not a question of if but more a question of when.
Thinking more about this I decided to review some of the many off site backup software. From the various solutions out there I found Handy Backup to be very easy to setup and use. The tool takes less then 3 minutes to setup for the essential files I need to backup. For me that was everything in My Documents folder and my Outlook .PST file.
I also like how there is an option to compress the files and encrypt them so that if you have secure details in those files you do not have to worry about someone getting into your files that should not. I also selected it to do an incremental backup, which means that it will only update the newest files which means the process will be that much quicker each night.
This tool makes using your space that you purchased for hosting more effective if you do not require the entire space for your site. Handy Backup has a 30 day trial version you can try for free. I suggest you test it out and save yourself a lot of grief the day your own hard drive fails.