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Last week we asked you how many operating systems you use How Many Operating Systems Do You Use? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Many Operating Systems Do You Use? [MakeUseOf Poll] Last week we tried to work out how many computers resided in the average MakeUseOf household. Most of us seem to have 3-5 computers per house, although there were nearly as many people with 5-10... Read More regularly. Most MakeUseOf readers answered that they use two operating systems in the average week.

Within the 783 votes, we got this breakdown: 32% used two operating systems; 27% used three operating systems; 13% used four operating systems; 12% used one operating system; 7% use 6-9 operating systems; 7% use five operating systems; and 2% use more than 10 operating systems.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

So, most people reading MakeUseOf use two to three operating systems per week.

This week’s poll question is: How Many Backups of Your Important Data Do You Have?


Think about those files of yours you care most about and tell us how many places you’ve backed them up. Is it across multiple computers in your house? At work? Several USB sticks? Emailed to yourself? On a DVD at a friend’s house? In the cloud?

So, tell us about your backup solution. What mix of cloud/offsite/local backup do you consider safe for your important files? How does that compare to what you actually do? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Acronisfan
    April 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    only full backups on external drive every month, using Acronis

    April 7, 2011 at 6:38 am

    2 HD
    2 DVD
    4 clouds upload (low speed / only when i'm surfing...)

    More than 10 backups is stupid....

  3. Tina
    April 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Several external hard drives with one for weekly backups, Dropbox for non-sensitive work projects, one backup computer with a copy of the most important stuff. Browser tabs, bookmarks, and passwords are synced online.

  4. Xyz
    April 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Rebit external hard drive and flash drive

  5. Anne
    April 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Some files in Dropbox, A-Drive, 2 External Hard Drives (as files and as Acronis backup), SkyDrive, DVD

  6. Josh Gunderson
    April 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    BitLocked 2TB eSATA @ RAID1.

  7. Lisa
    April 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Weekly backup to external drive.
    Crashplan to backup online.
    Dropbox for anything I'm working on at the moment.

    This combination has saved me on more than one occasion!

  8. mike
    April 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    2 External hard drives. One for daily backups of the OS and one weekly backup of 1st hard drive stored in my company for disaster recovery

  9. pranav
    April 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Very nice poll... I prefer to use 2 OS one is Mac and other is Ubuntu one.

  10. sefcug
    April 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    External hard drive monthly full backups. Dropbox, Skydrive, for files currently being worked on, with USB thumb drive also in case of no internet access.

  11. Anonymous
    April 4, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I have a local HDD(s) (via PogoPlug) for a complete local backup, plus a full backup to CrashPlan Central for each machine. Additionally, I use the 50G DropBox plan to sync & backup my current working files & dev server (XAMPP).

  12. Max Audet
    April 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

    1 local HD and 1 CrashPlan Central !

  13. TheGift73
    April 4, 2011 at 10:20 am

    on 2 external HDD's and Dropbox.

  14. Charles Rachor
    April 4, 2011 at 4:01 am

    External hard drive and dropbox

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