SugarSync :: “SugarSync is a free service that enables you to back up, access, sync, and share your files from your Mac or PC.”
SugarSync is a suuuper great way to back up files online. There are tons of different uses & features they offer, but I pretty much only use it for automatically backing up files. I currently use the 60 GB plan (mainly because I have a ton of design files & photos – the 30 GB should be good for most people), & I would say it is soo worth it. In your SugarSync Manager, you can choose which folders you want to backup, & it will run automatically run in the background of your computer every time you start-up & will automatically upload any changes made to files in the folders you’ve chosen to back-up. You can access your SugarSync Website from any computer or device & are able to download & share any of your files you have synced.
Ready to learn from my mistakes? Okay, here goes… 🙂
I discovered SugarSync a few years ago, after an extremely horrible ordeal happened.. I was in the process of switching from a PC to a MAC & bought a pretty, pink Seagate removeable hard drive that I had planned to use to backup files + photos, but was also using to move files to the new computer. I didn’t even have the removable hard drive a week, before it completely died & stopped working – with a ton of client files & personal files (digitally photos included! :() on it, that hadn’t been transferred to my new computer yet! I was totally & completely devastated for weeks – as the only option for getting the files back was to pay a data recovery place hundreds to possibly thousands of dollars to try to recover the files & even then there were no guarantees that they would be successful with the recovery. I contacted the place I purchased the hard drive from & also Seagate directly.. both offered to replace the hard drive with a new one (umm no thank you.. lol), & said “sorry about your luck” with losing a ton of important files.. So I forced to just suck it up & let the files go.
Everything happens for a reason though right? I learned a lot from that experience & am thankfully it happened early on instead of later down the road. It’s sooo super, extremely important to save files often & backup your files in multiple locations (in addition to using SugarSync, I also use a Mac Time Capsule). A Time Capsule or a reliable removable hard drive are great ways to back up your files, but not if they &/or your computer are stolen, lost, damaged, ect. That’s why I think an automatic online back-up is a must too!
Programs crashing doesn’t happen often at all on Macs, but there have been a few super, rare occasion that it has happened to me – for example, if I have a ton of programs open at the same time &/or a lot of junk that has accumulated on my desktop (which slows down any computer Mac or PC ) sometimes these things can cause a program to crash unexpectedly. Program crashes can be devastating to a designer if they haven’t saved the file recently. And what about if you accidentally save over an original file that you needed?
That would be a huge bummer, right? Not so much if you have SugarSync running! 🙂
When programs crash or you accidentally save over an original file, if you have SAVED the file recently it will be available to download on your SugarSync Website – however you would still lose any work you’ve done after the last time you saved, but it’s way better than losing the whole thing! This LITERALLY saved me in SUCH a huge way that I can’t even express how thankful + grateful I am that they offer this feature.
About a year ago, I was working on a biiig project that came up last minute & had a super tight deadline. In the design program I use, I had the different artwork for the client saved on different layers within the same document. I was deleting the layers to save each item separately as a different file type. As I’m going along, I somehow saved it after deleting all the layers except one, & the program crashed (which I literally think was the first time in two years that it had ever crashed) so there was no way to undo the deleting I had done. When I re-opened the file, there it was… one lonely piece of artwork was all that remained. Again, I was completely DEVASTATED… I cried for like hooours – okay not really, but it felt like hours lol (at the time I didn’t realize that SugarSync had my back & was completely unaware that they had kept every version of the file saved for me). Joel & I searched the internet for a solution for how to recover a file you saved over or lost, we called a few tech savy friends to see if they had any ideas… & came up with nothing.
This was a big client & a majorly, huge event, & there was no time left to redo everything that was lost. I can’t even describe what a horrible, awful feeling that was. Just as I was about to settle in & accept defeat, I caught myself staring at the cute, tiny SugarSync icon in my menu bar & thought “why not? it’s worth a shot”.. so I opened the SugarSync Manager & then my SugarSync Website. Up until that point, I wasn’t really familiar with the back end of SugarSync, so I wasn’t even sure what I was looking for. After searching around, I found the file I had been working on & clicked on it… The most amaaazing thing everrr happened…
(Every version of your files are stored on SugarSync after ever save!)
When you click on “Versions”, SugarSync brings up every version of the file from every time you’ve saved it!!! Soo AMAZING – beyond words amazing. I was able to download the version of the file I needed before the last save I had done. I lost a small amount of new work that I hadn’t saved before the crash, but it was so minimally compared to what would have happened without SugarSync.
I don’t know if everyone can fully appreciate how phenomenal this feature is, but as I designer I think it’s a super amazing feature! I’m clearly a big fan of SugarSync, & highly recommend using them.
So that’s my story… now what have we learned, guys? Save files often + back up your files in multiple locations!!! 🙂
What methods do you use to back-up your files? Any other great apps you would recommend?
XO ♥ Kristy