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Best online backup
« on: January 22, 2011, 12:20:39 PM »
I have been looking at online backup services, and wonder what is the best one.  I would like one that will work over my home network.  I have noticed that some of you use Moby.  I would love some suggestions, and a service that isn't too expensive.  My brother uses Carbonite and seems to like it, but I have read about some problems with that service. ???
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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2011, 12:30:07 PM »
Tech, me and others use Mozy. Latest free version's "confirmation" popup looks more ad-like than before  but it's generally configurable, reliable and trouble-free.
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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2011, 02:59:22 PM »
Roro, I just use free online backup services.

Some comparison charts:
http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=125729&page=4&type=table&zoomIdx=1
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-online-backup-sites.htm
http://www.labnol.org/internet/best-online-backup-services/14218/ (there is an error about Mozy: it allows backups of 2 computers)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_backup_service

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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2011, 03:31:16 PM »
If you have hotmail, you already have 25GB skydrive....

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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2011, 05:22:31 PM »
Me I'm the trusting sort (NOT) and won't place my backups in the hands of others, even if it is encrypted (and encryption under whose control), who is to say when they might stop the service and your access to the backups is toast.

Uploading masses of data could take some time also, I much prefer to do my backups on my system where they are in my control. They can be to an external hard disk, USB or DVD, etc. so all isn't lost if you have a problem that necessitates the backup if you haven't got access to the internet.
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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2011, 05:49:47 PM »
Me I'm the trusting sort (NOT) and won't place my backups in the hands of others, even if it is encrypted (and encryption under whose control), who is to say when they might stop the service and your access to the backups is toast.
Two different kinds of backups: local and remote.
Local media could fail, they could be stolen... Remote service could be drop. Apples and oranges :)

Uploading masses of data could take some time also, I much prefer to do my backups on my system where they are in my control. They can be to an external hard disk, USB or DVD, etc. so all isn't lost if you have a problem that necessitates the backup if you haven't got access to the internet.
Mozy is completely configurable, it's all by your control: number of updates per day, scheduling, bandwidth used, what to backup, backup of files in use, versioning (i.e., all changes made to a particular file, not only the last one on local backup).
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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2011, 06:07:20 PM »
I completely agree with DavidR on this. I prefer backing up to an external drive. No worries about who has access to it, or uploading or downloading, or internet connection problems, hacked site, etc. Would not like to have my personal information all over the internet. If banks can be hacked what would keep an online storage site from being hacked? The chances of anyone stealing my portable drive is very slim. The only thing that I think it would be good for is if a had a fire or some other tragedy and lost everything. Then it would have been nice to have backed it up online.

It's your call though. How you want to store your personal information is up to you.
« Last Edit: January 22, 2011, 06:14:07 PM by Charyb »

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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2011, 06:29:17 PM »
I prefer backing up to an external drive.
Ok. Me too. But for me, one thing does not exclude the other.
Do you know a good versioning local backup? I mean, one freeware that makes copies of your changed files and all its "versions"?

The only thing that I think it would be good for is if a had a fire or some other tragedy and lost everything. Then it would have been nice to have backed it up online.
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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2011, 07:42:43 PM »
Uploading masses of data could take some time also, I much prefer to do my backups on my system where they are in my control. They can be to an external hard disk, USB or DVD, etc. so all isn't lost if you have a problem that necessitates the backup if you haven't got access to the internet.
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I'll stick to my external hard disk and internal second hard drive.
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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2011, 09:57:03 PM »
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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2011, 12:15:59 AM »
I like Tech, also think Mozy is an excellent on-line backup.
If I remember correctly, I introduced Tech to Mozy some years ago.  :)
I also do regular Image back-ups to an external drive.
That way, I have the best of both worlds.  :)
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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2011, 12:30:26 AM »
I have tried Mozy and didn't much care for it. I don't store much on line but I use Photobucket for some pictures so I can have links to them for forum pages that don't let you upload or insert pics. I also use Adrive.com to store things. It gives you 50gb of free space.

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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2011, 12:57:14 AM »
There's a big difference between storing things and having your things continually backed up. :)
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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2011, 05:49:32 AM »
I have been reading all your comments and appreciate all the information.  I too, have an external backup, and have backed up most of my files, but I don't do that every week and sometimes get a little lazy.  I also transfer important and newly changed files to my husband's computer via our personal network and any really important files to a thumb drive.   I guess losing my files to a fire or some other unforeseen tragedy concerned me, and having a full backup automatically updated on line that could be retrieved for a machine that lost its hard drive sounds wonderful.
I am a little nervous about giving up all my information as I do save passwords/usernames on my computer browsers.  They would be backed up also, wouldn't they.
I do have hotmail and didn't realize they had that much free online space.  I assume that it is just for files and not a full backup.
Mozy definitely sounds interesting, but while checking it out through one of Tech's links, I found that you can't access your files from the web.  that would seem to be a problem, if you needed your files immediately.
 Carbonite is the only one that I see that has web access with unlimited gigs and a good price.  Has anyone on this site used it?
If anyone else sees this topic and has more information, I would be happy to hear it.

Thanks again,
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« Last Edit: January 23, 2011, 11:27:57 AM by roro »

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Re: Best online backup
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2011, 03:03:25 PM »
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I found that you can't access your files from the web.  that would seem to be a problem, if you needed your files immediately.
You can restore files from your backup to your system.
You can't access them. It's not a file storage service but a backup and restore service.  :)
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