It's World Backup Day 2011: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

By Beth Pinsker, Editorial Director of dealnews

In case you hadn't checked your calendar today for wacky holidays, it's "World Backup Day." This is the one day of the year set aside to remind you to backup your data and make sure that if your laptop fries, you won't lose all your pictures, home movies and music files.

Oh, and in case you needed a little enticement, deals and freebies abound!

You can find coverage on most tech blogs, like the one from our friends at TUAW that offers a giveaway of two cases to hold your extra drives. It's not exactly a trip to the Super Bowl, but useful items to have to keep your drives safe.

You can find the whole backstory of how this day came about, through the Reddit community, plus a whole slew of deals on cloud storage and cheap drives at Even major news organizations are on board, like MSNBC, which explains the value of backing up your data on its Technoblog.

Here at dealnews, we think that backing up data is something you should think about every day, which is why we are constantly searching out the best deals on internal and external drives. Check our Hard Drives category for all the latest deals. The three most popular with our readers at the moment, based on our internal "hotness" ranking, are:

  • Seagate FreeAgent 3TB USB External Hard Drive for $105 plus free shipping
  • Seagate FreeAgent Desk 500GB USB External Hard Drive for $35 plus $8 s&h
  • Hitachi XL 1TB USB External Hard Drive for $50 plus free shipping

If your answer to the question below is "never," then you have some work to do today!

Beth Pinsker is dealnews' Editorial Director. She was most recently the Editor of and has been a life-long bargain hunter. Follow her on Twitter — @bethpinsker. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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Is there a special ceremonial pole involved like with Festivus?
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