Quote: Originally Posted by fergiet
Just wondering if anyone uses Carbonite On Line Backup ? Online Backup Software | Carbonite
If so has it been worthwhile?
I use external drives for back up but as they are all in my house I started to think about the fire risk. I suppose I could leave a drive at a friends house if necessary and swap them over now and again.
Any thoughts ?
ONLINE backup IMO for HOME users is usually a WASTE of time -- since most home broadband connections have pretty terrible UPLOAD speeds (download speeds are usually fine).
So just imagine the time taken to backup up on an online service a typical music collection of 200 GB !!!!.
I'm not sure either that the offline backup services would allow you much more than a very small amount of free space -- quite often these days with music, photos, other multi-media, documents etc it's quite easy to need 1TB (One TB / terrabyte = 1,000 GB for those who aren't sure) or more of regular backups - you don't have to do it all at once but you can NEVER have too much backup.
That very well known law -- the only law in the known universe that has NO EXCEPTIONS-- states that the only time you actually haven't taken a backup is the time when YOU WILL NEED IT.
The best bet is to have TWO copies and store one say at a colleagues house, your office desk at work, your mum's - anywhere in fact away from your own house.
You could even rent one of those "self storage" places -- a bit overkill here I think.
The easiest solution is just take one of the backup copies to your work / school and store it in a desk / locker etc.
Hi to previous poster --- leaving your PC on for 4 months -- the cost of Electricity alone would have paid for about 3 or even 4 of the latest 1 TB external self powered small USB drives !!!!!! and where I am in IS. electricity (volcanoes permitting) is relatively cheap since most of it is locally thermally (clean) generated.