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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by SergeantC, May 28, 2009.

  1. Does anyone have any experience with the Carbonite on-line backup program offered by Corel?

    They've just sent me an ad for it, and it is intriguing. I've already had one big crash this year.

    Is it something people recommend, or should I look for a different on-line backup program?

  2. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    Why pay someone to store your data? Just buy a external hard drive and do it yourself.

  3. MavsX

    MavsX The Dude Abides

    Jan 19, 2009
    Arlington, VA
    not sure what corel is. but is a service i have used at my office.

    We have 3 employees that have company laptops. Since, they don't ever come in the office, they are pretty much on their own. Which also limits them to getting vpn access. So we can't backup their data/push them software/shared drives. So for backing up their critical data, we use carbonite . It's pretty cool software, i think it's insanely cheap. And it works in the background. the first initial backup takes forever depending on your upload speed. It could take days if you have a slow connection.

    We have not had to restore any of the files backed up, but i am sure it is easy. I have easily uploaded 20 to 30 gigs to cabonites servers.

    I have thoughts of buying it for my home system. And sgt. schultz, i got a 2 raid 1's arrays and i have an external drive that i manually backup my data, and i keep that drive unplugged, unless i want to make a new backup. I guess, one can never have enough backups!

    try it out. I think if you google carbonite coupons you can find a bunch of websites with links to coupons. I just did a laptop last month. I got a 1 year of backup for like $46.00, which was 20% cheaper (i think) than the regular price.

    good luck man
  4. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    That’s taking a big risk because you will never know for certain that it works unless you actually test it and you should test it frequently.

    I don’t like using RAID for personal systems; I find that it’s quicker to use a disc image and restore a hard drive, especially since I keep all of my data, e-mail etc ... on a second drive. I use xxcopy and a automated batch file to backup that data to another hard drive and two other computers on my LAN as well as a pair of external hard drives that are rotated weekly and kept off sight.
  5. grokdesigns


    Dec 23, 2004
    Chandler, AZ
    I have used Carbonite for almost 2 years and have had absolutely no issues, including with restoring data. I run it on my home server and my wife's laptop.
  6. Corel graphics software company? :dunno:
  7. MavsX

    MavsX The Dude Abides

    Jan 19, 2009
    Arlington, VA

    yeah i figured that's what he meant. But i wasn't really sure why he would get an offer for carbonite through corel. thats why i was questioning it.
  8. luckduck10mm


    Jan 16, 2007
    We use Carbonite in our office, but I use Mozy at home. Mozy is backed by EMC, so I know that there is a great company behind them. That being said, there are a lot of good options out there; hopefully this review helps:,2817,2288755,00.asp

    Most of the companies will give you 2GB a month for free, and the full data backup for ~
    $5 to $10. I have a USB drive attached to my computer that does daily backups, a "server" that I backup to monthly (old PC with lots of disks), as well as the online backup.

    While the online backup seems like overkill, losing zero data after the fires we had last year makes it money well spent on my part.