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Topic # 56913 28-Jan-2010 12:53
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I've got about 25gb of photos and family videos i'd like to backup online, i can't imagine losing them all if my computer spits the dummy...

Can anyone recommend a good online backup service? Of course I’m willing to pay, i don't think i'd have piece of mind with a free service anyway.

 

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  Reply # 293890 28-Jan-2010 13:09
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I've been using www.jungledisk.com... for a while now, and highly recommend it. They've recently been acquired by Rackspace and have just released v3 of their product. Heaps of cool features, I wont list them here, the site has everything you need to know!

Really easy to use, I'd definitely take a look. I pay usd$1/month for their premium service (allows access to your files over the web etc), plus usd$0.15/GB/month of storage on rackspaces cloud storage. Alternatively you can use it with Amazon's S3 storage service, but that is slightly more expensive as you have to pay for bandwidth/transfers as well as the actual space.

I'm not sure about other options but I dont hesitate suggesting this one :)

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  Reply # 293898 28-Jan-2010 13:26
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I've used Carbonite (www.carbonite.com...) but since switched to Mozy (www.mozy.com...) for my personal laptop, and Mozy Pro (www.mozypro.com...) for all Geekzone servers and my Windows Home Server.




 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 293914 28-Jan-2010 13:58
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Mauricio - Didn't you have some issues with the Mozzy service recently ?




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  Reply # 293932 28-Jan-2010 14:24
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My Mozy home was without backup for a week while their support asked me to restart the program, reset something, etc. When nothing worked they did something on the server side and that seems to have "unblocked" it.




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  Reply # 294010 28-Jan-2010 16:48
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Mozy Home (Unlimited) is a great 'set & forget' option... haven't had to restore anything from it yet but it's easy to use and just chugs away slowly.

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  Reply # 294835 31-Jan-2010 11:31
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It is worth thinking about whether you want a backup service, or a virtual drive.

Mozy is a backup service. If you delete a file on your computer that is being backed up, Mozy will keep it for 30 days then delete it from your backup. This could cause problems if you (or someone else who uses your PC) accidentally deletes a file and you do not realize it for a couple months and try to restore it.

Something like Idrive is a virtual drive. You upload/backup files and they are held till you delete them from Idrive itself, regardless of whether you have it on your PC.

My preference was for Idrive, which I still use for my personal documents. Sadly though Idrive caps at 150GB or so. I have over 400gb of pictures and video, so needed to go with Mozy as my main provider as it does not have a cap.

Remember when doing any research that the key importance of any of these services is not really ease of upload, but ease of restore. Too many reviews concentrate on the former. Its like rating an insurance company on how well the cash your cheque every month, and not on whether they can pay out if there is a problem.


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  Reply # 297844 11-Feb-2010 02:40
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Dropbox is nice - $99 USD per year for 50GB storage. I've been using their free 2GB storage for a few months now.

One possible downside is that all mirrored files and folders can only reside in one master folder; can't pick and choose different folders on your computer to back up, not even with shortcuts. But Dropbox is working on implementing this.




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  Reply # 297854 11-Feb-2010 08:20
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Any of these services NZ based?
I'm not particularly keen on sending the data internationally, for transfer rates reasons more than anything.
Previous providers I have worked with install a WAN connection rather than use the Internet link for SLA reasons. However all these providers were immature at the time (a few years back) and the service didin;'t deliver.

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  Reply # 297885 11-Feb-2010 10:36
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There's DataLock http://www.datalock.co.nz... that seems to be New Zealand-based. They have (or had?) an agreement with MaxNet to make traffic to its servers free.




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  Reply # 297890 11-Feb-2010 10:55
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There are quite a few US based providers who are offering "unlimited" storage for ~$5 USD per month. I doubt you will find anything priced anything like that in NZ.

I wonder if anyone has tried uploading 1TB to one of these "unlimited" services.... I bet they have soft caps.



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  Reply # 297892 11-Feb-2010 11:08
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I ended up creating a password protected folder on my godaddy web hosting account and i'm storing all my flip hd videos and digi cam pics in there.

I get 150gigs of storage a month for $7 and only use a few hundred megs on my websites so it's been put to use nicely.

My upload rate is always at max and it's data going to a US datacenter.

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  Reply # 297893 11-Feb-2010 11:08
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I know Carbonite has a soft caps in the "average storage of all users" and if you go over they will contact you. They also don't backup files larger than 2GB (movies, large PST files are out).

Mozy is a lot better and provide more control.





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Reply # 297913 11-Feb-2010 12:29
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Ok, I remembered I have a Mozy affiliate account and dug out a discount code... Mozy Unlimited Backup and use the discount code "FEBRUARY" for 10% off this month.






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  Reply # 300134 18-Feb-2010 14:43
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Cool, thanks i'm going to sign up this arvo and set my backsup to upload between 1am and 7am during our free off peak data period.

Are there any limitations about Mozy i should know about before signing up? Any file size caps? Is the space really unlimited per computer? What if my PC has 3 hard drives? Does that count as one computer?



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  Reply # 300139 18-Feb-2010 15:03
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Also, do files get compressed?? eg, images?

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