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Old 04-12-11, 01:44 PM
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Online storage / backup

I'm looking to have online backups for my main files... I know there are a lot of options out there, some free some not. What do people use and are you happy with it?

I've heard about:
Carbonite
Amazon Cloud
Google I think has something
Godaddy offers something

I'd really like something that automatically backs up newer versions of files, maybe nightly?
Old 04-12-11, 02:12 PM
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Re: Online storage / backup

Started a very similar thread a few months ago.

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/tech-talk/5...ollutions.html

Ended up going with Mozy until they decided to change business models so now I'm with Crashplan. Still on my initial back up which is going very slow but I'm still happy with the price and the service.
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Re: Online storage / backup

I'm using Carbonite, but I'm not totally happy. Specifically, their whole "access all your files from anywhere" thing is bullshit. I logged in and tried to access a folder of pictures, and it gave me an error saying that some files with special characters in the filenames could not be accessed that way. The problem is, NONE of my files had any of the special characters. I was unable to find a single file that I WAS allowed to access.

edit: I just logged in now, since this thread reminded me of that issue. It appears to be okay now... but who knows how long that'll last.
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Re: Online storage / backup

I'm in the same boat as Timber: was using Mozy until they started charging per GB, then switched to Crashplan +. I currently have a little over 200GB of data backed up online.

If you don't mind paying per GB, or have a relatively small amount to backup, there's some other options:

Jungle Disk (uses Rackspace or Amazon S3 for storage, but with an easy to use interface - use this at work)
SpiderOak (offers syncing across multiple PCs)
Microsoft Skydrive (25GB of free storage space, not upgradable though, and file sync via Windows Live Mesh)
Tarsnap ("Online backups for the truly paranoid" using Amazon EC2/S3)

Google doesn't offer a straight-up file storage/backup solution. Google Docs can take uploads of any file type, and Google offers extra storage space to those that need more in Gmail, Picasa, Docs, etc. , but they don't offer a tool specifically for backing up your PC's files/folders:
http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/20...-terabtyes.php
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Re: Online storage / backup

Thanks for the links.

I like the look of Jungle Disk (5GB free, no transfer costs, 15 cents / GB month after 5GB). Anyone familiar with it that can comment?

It looks like I could work on my desktop and laptop, both synced to the latest files, and can operate on your desktop just like a hard disk. That sounds relatively awesome.
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Re: Online storage / backup

Crashplan+ sounds great and cheap. What are the cons?
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Crashplan+ sounds great and cheap. What are the cons?
It doesn't have any syncing capabilities across PCs. You can backup data to another PC, but it won't sync it with what's already there.

However, if you simply want to back up a lot of data, Crashplan + was the best I found:
http://www.crashplan.com/consumer/crashplan-plus.html
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Yeah, I'm in the "lot of data" category. Don't really need constant access or syncing. Just want to know it's there when I have a drive failure or and accidental deletion.
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Re: Online storage / backup

The cloud backup is not only good for when/if a HDD fails - but even more importantly - it's fire/theft insurance.

I have everything on at least 3 different HDD's, but I still want everything on the cloud!

I use Mozy and have something like 280 GB's backed up. I paid for 2 years before they raised prices and at that time is was $112.95 for unlimited storage. When I have to renew - in September 2012 - I'll be looking at other options because they say my renewal cost will be something like $550.
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Re: Online storage / backup

I've really been looking at Backblaze.

http://www.backblaze.com/
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I've really been looking at Backblaze.

http://www.backblaze.com/
Crashplan + Unlimited is the same month-to-month, and cheaper if purchasing more than a year upfront. Plus Crashplan doesn't have a file size limit (Bakblaze maxes out at 9GB, but by default only includes files 4GB or less).
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I like the idea of syncing, but how infrequently I'd use it I'm not sure it's worth it. For $3 a month unlimited, crashplan+ looks great. I might even do the 6 bucks to backup our other computer.
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Ive had crashplan for over a year now and have had no complaints. I got it instead of carbonite because crashplans app was supposed to be more Os X friendly. I had a drive die and i had to recover 300+ megs of videos and it worked perfectly; iMovie folder formats and everything were intact
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Re: Online storage / backup

did you use the option to send/get a drive ship from them?
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Re: Online storage / backup

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did you use the option to send/get a drive ship from them?

no. i just backed up stuff in waves. like pictures first, then home directory, then movies and mp3s, then other stuff.
i have it set to back up from 1am to 5 or 6 am, so it took a while to get everything i wanted up there but i focused on getting the smaller more important stuff uploaded first.
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Re: Online storage / backup

does it cost extra to have a hard drive shipped ?
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Re: Online storage / backup

I just started using CrashPlan as well and plan on upgrading to CrashPlan+ once the trial period is over. The family plan is very cost effective for me.

My backups will include my pictures folder which unfortunately has ballooned to 200+GB. I wanted to use their "seeding" service but at around $150 it's just too much for me to pay. I wish it was around $75. For now I have to accept that it will take 3+ months to backup everything online.
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Re: Online storage / backup

Just locked in 1 year of CrashPlan+.

Hope I like it


Edit: Installation etc was a breeze. Yeah, this is going to take a looooong time to back up.

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Re: Online storage / backup

The "seeding" option is when they ship you a hard drive to backup your data and ship it back? If that costs $150 then yeah, that's too expensive.
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It costs $124.99 which isn't cost effective for me. However they do ship you a 1TB drive so if I was close to a TB of data to backup then I'd probably use the service.
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Oh yeah, that's too expensive, since you'll only use that one once.
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Re: Online storage / backup

Just dug up this thread

I need to archive and share pictures plus some audio and video among half a dozen people. Pretty sure I'll need more than Dropbox's 2 GB and can't afford to pay much for extra. Don't need backup. Amazon cloud doesn't share.

Thinking Windows Skydrive might be my best choice right now.
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Re: Online storage / backup

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