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Off-site backup: Carbonite

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Jun-2006 18:32

A few of you guys know how paranoid about backup I am... Everything at home is copied to a Maxtor OneTouch 1TB external drive, which stores full HDD images (at least the last four versions, plus incremental backups every hour) of my desktop and tablet PC (using Norton Ghost), plus copies of my Exchange Server, and of course SQL Backup and files from the Geekzone server, which are hosted somewhere in Auckland.

I also have a smaller 60GB external drive which I use to copy the latest version of My Documents from the desktop, so I can travel with a fresh copy of everything that is important.

I was always intringued by on-line backup services though, and (as you know) having a 10Mbps (down)/2Mbps (up) cable-modem connection at home this kind of service started making sense.

But this week I found an interesting offering: Carbonite (affiliate link). It's an interesting service because it runs on my computer in the background. I just have to mark which folders or individual files to backup by right-clicking each in the Windows File Explorer and selecting the Backup/Don't Backup option.

It's also interesting because it costs US$5/month for unlimited storage (although I found out that unlimited is really the "average", but I know some people using more than 60GB already).

The cool stuff is that it doesn't have to be manually initiated. Any file changed since the last backup is automatically copied minutes after the change is completed. Very efficient and hands-off.


Also this is trully a full off-site backup. Even if my Desktop HDD, the Maxtor 1TB or the small 60GB external drive die I still have access to the files on Carbonite (affiliate link).

You can try it free now, and they don't ask for a credit card or anything during the trial. If you don't like it, simply stop using the service - no problems.

Also, if you are interested in promoting the service, you can join their Carbonite affiliate program.








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