Posted 24 September 2009 - 04:01 PM
I agree with the external Hard Drive bit, easy to use, gets the job done.
You mentioned companies like Carbonite. What they do in general is good, allows you to choose what you back up, access it from anywhere, and make changes. MOST of these companies will store multiple copies in the event of a disaster (Carbonite DOES NOT... yet). Look into someone like GeekSquad or Norton, they have options that are affordable and worth the effort.
There are also software alternatives. Acronis is a wonderful program that allows you to back up individual files as well as make mirror images of your OS.
And, to add to the external hard drive portion, some hard drives like Maxtor come with data back up software and a little button on the front allowing you to back up in just a touch (Hence Maxtor's "One touch Backup").
Hope this helps!