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#27883 10-Nov-2008 10:53
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Just tried to connect to AOL's Xdrive today to back up my wife's work files. Get a message saying "Please download update" okay then... "Please restart to install update" okay.... 
"Xdrive is closing down on 12/31/2008" and you can't upload anything anymore.
So where to from here? Does anyone else use online backups? xdrive's site mention as alternatives: box.net, carbonite.com, elephantdrive.com. Has anyone used these?




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  #177044 10-Nov-2008 11:01
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How much space do you need?

I've been using Windows Live Skydrive and Windows Live Mesh recently for some work files.  You get 1GB (I think) free.  The Mesh stuff is nice.  My work PC's scripts directory sync's itself whenever I update one of my scripts.

If you need lots of storage I stumbled onto www.adrive.com once.  Not used them in anger but seemed ok.  Seem to be advertising 50GB free space with basic functionality.

 
 
 

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  #177050 10-Nov-2008 11:06
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I use Mozy.com myself.

Mainly because I got a free account on having worked for their parent company EMC ... that aside, I do recommend it as it just works and has Windows and OSX clients.

If you do decide to go with them, please go via my referral link .. so I get even more storage to back up to .. cause 50gb is just not enough! :-)

https://mozy.com/?ref=ZGDCYB

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  #177061 10-Nov-2008 11:50
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nzkc: I've been using Windows Live Skydrive and Windows Live Mesh recently for some work files.  You get 1GB (I think) free.  The Mesh stuff is nice.  My work PC's scripts directory sync's itself whenever I update one of my scripts.


You get 5GB - but it's not a backup service... Skydrive is a storage service and you have to manually copy files to the cloud, and it won't mount as a drive on your system. Live Mesh is a synchronisation service and you can store 5GB in the cloud, automatically, but if you delete a file on your system it's gone from the Mesh - it's not a backup.

I vote for Mozy as well. I use Mozy Backup on my laptop, and I have Mozy Pro in my servers doing SQL database and EXchange server backup. So it suits almost everyone...




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  #177063 10-Nov-2008 11:52
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Give Jungle Disk a shot. The data is stored on Amazon S3, so there's no real limit to how much you can store, and it's really cheap.

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  #177093 10-Nov-2008 13:01
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, yeah I really need the backup thing so I'll have a look at mozy. And OK Mark I'll go via your link!




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  #177095 10-Nov-2008 13:04
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What about the upload/download speeds? Any hassles there? I found sometimes xdrive was a bit sluggish and also didn't always connect first time...





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  #177138 10-Nov-2008 14:57
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This is a bit off topic, do any of the services listed above support FTP or SCP? I have a server in the States and am getting sick of using up my bandwidth downloading backups to home. FTP between servers would be great!

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  #177213 10-Nov-2008 21:08
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I have webhosting with Dreamhost, a bunch of servers in California. Costs me about US$100 a year and includes about 500GB of webhosting space and unlimited domains, but it also includes 50GB of backup space which supports FTP, rsync, SFTP etc. You can probably get away with using some of your webhosting space for backups, but 50GB is enough for me. The reliability has been pretty good, but I've heard of people having some trouble a couple of years ago being double billed and their mail server having a bit of downtime (they now use Google for domains for all their mail hosting).

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  #177260 11-Nov-2008 07:41
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Hello,

I work for NomaDesk and we offer three types of fileservers to back up, sync and share files securely! Download at www.nomadesk.com. Hope this helps.

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  #179122 20-Nov-2008 18:07
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I've heard good reports from box.net. Heard they provide a generous amount of storage space. What kins of space do you need? Paying for some might also be a good idea.

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  #179175 21-Nov-2008 08:22
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Mozy seems to be doing a pretty good job so far: It's set to back up four peoples Outlook Express files and 500Mb of my wife's doc and image files. Upload speeds just now were ~800Kb/s so that's fine. The home version seems to do an incremental backup only - but that's what I would have chosen anyway. I don't know if the other versions will keep historical backup sets for you. So far so good.

I guess the real test would come when I had to restore....gulp!




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  #179201 21-Nov-2008 11:41
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AM currently using MOZY and can reccommend. They offer a basic free account which is superb as you can back up your critical stuff,

I am seriously considering the paid subscription service.


Anything AOL, Avoid......., Xdrive is yet another example of their cutting back.

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  #179202 21-Nov-2008 11:54
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I use Files on Ovi. I get 30GB in a cloud and can access it all from my mobile :)

It does cost but for a service as convenient as it is I don't mind paying.

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  #179258 21-Nov-2008 18:06
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paradoxsm: AM currently using MOZY and can reccommend. They offer a basic free account which is superb as you can back up your critical stuff,

I am seriously considering the paid subscription service.


Anything AOL, Avoid......., Xdrive is yet another example of their cutting back.


Yeah I was happy to pay (a bit!) but the free version seems to have everything I need - what more do you get with the paid?

More space I guess..

The AOL thing: Don't know much about AOL except:

a) It's got "America" in the title,

b) Lots of stuff I've looked at over the years carries warnings saying "If you're on AOL this won't work",

and c) Didn't/don't they have some dodgy internet censorship thing running in the background?

Why would you bother?


Ooops!! Lots of predjudice and wild accusations there....




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