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Recommend an affordable online backup service

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  1. Kevin108

    Kevin108 THIS IS IN ALL CAPS

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    I have maybe a TB or so I'd like to store online. Any suggestions?
     
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    forget on line. Learn how to back up your data yourself and keep a copy off site.

    External hard drives are incredibly affordable these days.
     

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    I use mozy for my online backups. I also try to use external drives but I am not very diligent about moving them offsite.

    The one problem I can see is uploading a TB to an online server. I have a cable modem and it took over a month to upload 250GB to Mozy.
     
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    Depending on your bank/CU, small safe deposit boxes are very affordable. Not very convenient for daily backups, but doing a monthly to it makes the amount of data that needs to go to an online service manageable.
     
  5. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    I don't use one but Rush Limbaugh swears by Carbonite.
     
  6. Kevin108

    Kevin108 THIS IS IN ALL CAPS

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    I have Acronis, which makes backups stupid easy and I regularly image my laptop. For the desktop, given the upfront cost of the hardware plus the fact that I am very much out of physical space in my office, I'm putting it online.
    I just signed up for Mozy. I don't know what the perk might be, but feel free to PM me your referral code and I'll plug it in.
     
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    MavsX The Dude Abides

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    pretty cool. hopefully mozy is good for ya. I've got carbonite. So far so good. It took about 3 weeks or so to upload 100 gigs.
     
  8. Kevin108

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    Luckily mine is going about 4 times that fast. I'm around 1 GB an hour. That still seems obscenely slow but once the big backup is done, the updates should be much faster.

    I wish I had done this a few years ago before the crappy Maxtor that came with my computer died and took 6 years of pictures with it.
     
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    I've used botth Carbonite and Mozy for the lower end home user stuff, they both work well.
     
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    Kevin108 THIS IS IN ALL CAPS

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    Mozy is being slow for no reason tonight. That's pretty annoying.
     
  11. Lotiki

    Lotiki All that is man

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    Math follows;

    1TB = 1024 GB
    1024 x 50cents = 512 dollars a month.....

    Buy a 4 TB external for two hundred dollars and back it all up once a week. As a plus, all your most private information isn't out there on some random server where god-knows-who can access it.
     
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    Kevin108 THIS IS IN ALL CAPS

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    I got it figured out. PeerBlock blocks Mozy. :brickwall:
     
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    Been using Sugarsync for a long time and it has been pretty darn good.

    It's got a lot of cool features; obviously it backs up whatever files/folders you designate, but they also have a great iPhone & Blackberry app so that you can view and send files from your phone. That feature used to save my rear when I had a maniacal boss who would call me at odd hours looking for this or that file or piece of info.

    With Sugarsync, just a couple of taps on my phone, and I can view or send any file.

    You can also access your files on the internet from any computer AND keep your files synced between multiple PCs: work and a home office, desktop & laptop, etc. No more using USB drives, emailing stuff back & forth, etc.
     
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    The key to being truly backed up is to have MULTIPLE COPIES of your data.

    Really, seriously, how often and consistently are you going to bring your off-site drive back on-site to perform a backup and then take it back off-site?

    I do this stuff for a living now and I wouldn't want that much hassle! Let alone if I was a doctor, lawyer, or average non-techie person. Forget it!

    Plus, online services like Sugarsync that I talked about above offer other benefits like allowing access from any computer with internet, your iPhone or Blackberry, as well as synchronizing data across multiple PCs.

    It's also totally automated.

    Online backup is just a part of a true backup solution.
     
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    I use mozy. I like it and it's $10 / month for 2 computers.

    I prefer it to storing drives offsite.

    1. It's more convient.

    2. You can always get to your files. Either online or they will ship you DVDs.

    I don't store private confidential data with them.
     
  16. cgwahl

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    If it's something you won't update very often, maybe consider Amazon's backup service. It's fairly cheap.

    They charge you when you upload/download/list and for it to just sit there. But again, it's fairly cheap. The initial upload might cost you a few bucks, but if it's just going to sit there for a while until you need it, it could prove cheaper than Mozy or Carbonite.


    Somehow I missed you are doing 1TB...in that case Amazon is probably not what you're looking for.
     
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    Assuming you're on a Windows based machine, get yourself an external hard drive and Synctoy (free download). You can thank me later.

    ;)
     
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    Holy cow 1tb???!!! What are you trying to back up?

    Also you do realize at that price 1tb is going to cost you $512.00 per month right?
     
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    I agree with this. However, as a tech, my house has multiple machines all with multiple hard drives. I have copies of my important documents all over the place. Luckily I probably have less than 50mb of "important" stuff and even that stuff isnt THAT important.
     
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    Initial upload is obscenely slow (weeks). Also, you may want to check on how they will "restore" your data if you need it. Check the expense involved.

    I recommend two usb drives, keep one at your house and one at work. Backup and swap drives however often you are comfortable with.