I use a service called Mozy. For those of you who are not familiar with it, it is an off-site backup solution, which backs up my files throughout the day, as they change, through the Internet and, should I need to access them due to an accidental deletion or total loss, I can retrieve anywhere from 1 to all of my backed up files. They charge a monthly fee, based on how much space you need.
I have recently acquired a 2 TB external hard drive (HDD), and I am in the process of loading all of my file backups that were on CDs and DVDs to it. I'm not even half way through, and am at 169 GB of data alone. At Mozy's rates, just for this amount of backup, it would cost over $30 monthly.
So, I am looking for a less expensive solution. Either a different service provider who charges less for more storage, or an alternative strategy for off-site back up. I was thinking that, since my mom lives in Arizona, and I am in Los Angeles, if there was a way to have a hard drive at her computer dedicated to being my backup, and there was an application to support it, I could backup my files to this hard drive through the Internet.
Can you please tell me if there are any other providers who allow a greater amount of data for a lower price, or if there is an alternative to this strategy? I really want off-site backup, and preferably from a solutions provider who has redundancy. But, if it is more economical, I would be willing to do my own set up.
Any ideas or input is welcome and appreciated. Thanks!