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Online Backup Service ?

Postby Piney » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:10 pm

Any comments on an online backup service, like the Carbonite or similar offerings ?

Do these services offer somthing akin to an incremental (only new file) backup or is it an all-or-none model ?

I'd like to backup doccuments and a fair amt of photo/image files-- probably 20-25g or so to begin with. That amt will increase over time.

I have them on the pc hd now, with a copy to an external USB drive. Eventually, I'd like to get a good amt of them off the PC HD completely, yet still have a copy.

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Re: Online Backup Service ?

Postby FL450 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:26 pm

I have been using Sugar Sync for 11/2 years. Love it. Auto sync. Web access and they have a Iphone app so i can access all my files and pics on the road from my I- phone. I can modify and email from any computer and they are working with docs to go so you can modify from the I-phone. www.sugar sync.com. They are more expensive than carbanite but I am ot willing to switch right ow.
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Re: Online Backup Service ?

Postby pbwalker » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:36 pm

I use Mozy and love it. $54.95 a year for unlimited storage.
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Re: Online Backup Service ?

Postby AEA » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:48 pm

My opinion is that if you want to give your personal data to someone you don't know, you may as well give it to me!

Seriously, I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind using any of those services.
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Re: Online Backup Service ?

Postby Russell » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:57 pm

Dropbox! 2 GB for free, no strings attached. Files are accessible on their website, and on any other computers you sync to the account.

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Re: Online Backup Service ?

Postby 92f-fan » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:31 am

pbwalker wrote:I use Mozy and love it. $54.95 a year for unlimited storage.



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Re: Online Backup Service ?

Postby 92f-fan » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:42 am

@AEA - the data is encrypted - offsite backup is very popular, tens of millions of people use these products.
Think through the scenario where your computer or server is stolen - what's to keep the thief from stealing the local backups as well ? Assuming you actually have recent local backups. Which is one of the biggest advantages of the online backups - they are set and forget applications - no tapes to change - no cds to burn - no USB drives to connect - nothing to remember

@Piney - See your other post on the same topic for helpful suggestions - threads merged now
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Re: Online Backup Service ?

Postby pbwalker » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:57 am

AEA wrote:My opinion is that if you want to give your personal data to someone you don't know, you may as well give it to me!

Seriously, I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind using any of those services.


Millions of people do it...heck, if they didn't, Amazon EC2 / S3 and Jungle Disk wouldn't exist. :lol:

You can encrypt your data for an added layer of security, but the data is already encrypted at the provider as 92f-fan stated...
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Re: Online Backup Service ?

Postby Mike1951 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:24 am

Comcast now has a monthly limit of 250gb. In these days of huge hard drives, the initial backup would result in the warning letter from Comcast.

Should I need to restore, which would result in the second violation of their limit, my service could be terminated.

Is this not a consideration?
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Re: Online Backup Service ?

Postby pbwalker » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:33 am

Mike1951 wrote:Comcast now has a monthly limit of 250gb. In these days of huge hard drives, the initial backup would result in the warning letter from Comcast.

Should I need to restore, which would result in the second violation of their limit, my service could be terminated.

Is this not a consideration?


Sounds like a lame ISP limit. The only caps I have are around the speed, but not total data transfer. I've got roughly 400GB of data that gets backed up and it took close to a month to upload. After that, it's incremental.

You can control how much goes out, so if you have a data transfer limit, I'd break it up over a month or two to avoid the ISP Gestapo.
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Re: Online Backup Service ?

Postby dlcrouch » Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:23 pm

Mozy +2 - remember it's for backing up your data files, not your entire system. You still need make regular system backups to a local USB drive or NAS device.


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Re: Online Backup Service ?

Postby WarHawk-AVG » Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:30 pm

If you are worried about storing files offline you can simply encrypt the entire file, or even a "drive" then upload that

http://www.truecrypt.org

With this, you can even encrypt your entire hd on say your laptop...so if someone steals it...w/o the password..they will not be able to read any data off of it!

This one is good too
http://www.checkpoint.com/products/datasecurity/pc/
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