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Windows 7: online backup options


28 Feb 2013   #1

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online backup options

Hello

I am looking for an online backup which also allows to backup on a network drive.
I have found one option which is Moxzy Pro though it is rather expensive. Does anyone of you know of any other? I would also consider and FTP solution which I could then use with an FTP client to backup both, online and network drive.

Thanks

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28 Feb 2013   #2

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

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28 Feb 2013   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I've used Carbonite for several years now and have been happy with it. For a single computer (not including attached storage), it's only $55/year, a wee bit less than $5/month (Carbonite also has plans for multiple computers and/or attached storage). It operates automatically in the background to avoid slowing your computer and encrypts your data before uploading it. It's the most up to date form of offsite backup one can have (and is probably more up to date than most local backups). The only downsides are it will only back up data, not the entire system, and recovery will be slow for large amounts of data.

That said, you shouldn't depend on any one form of backup. All media will eventually fail, be it tapes, optical disks, HDDs, SSDs, or the cloud. A bare minimum backup scheme should include one local backup and one offsite backup. With the exception of a plan like Carbonite, local backups are more likely to be up to date than off site backups. The downside of a local backup is the same disaster that causes loss of data in your computer, fire, flood, theft, etc. will also take out your local backup.

Of course, it is imperative that one keeps backups a up to date as possible. Also, the more backups one has in multiple locations, the less data one will be likely to lose. Multiple backups can be a bit costly and somewhat of a hassle but weigh that against the cost of the loss of your data, especially data that can't be recovered if lost.

While a bit extreme (as in anal?), my own backup scheme is to have three backup HDDs for every HDD in use. Two of those three are local backups. The third HDD is kept in a safe deposit box at my credit union. I use a paid version of Macrium Reflect for my back up images. Once a month, I do a full image on each backup drive, including the one in the safe deposit box (I swap drives to save trips to the credit union). During the month, I run an incremental backup on the two local HDDs after I add critical data to my computer I can't afford to lose (incrementals capture only data added since the last precious backup). I also have the aforementioned Carbonite account on my desktop computer (I don't keep critical data on my notebook). Having Carbonite reasonably ensures that any data that is missing from my other backups can still be recovered. Having the local and vault backups speeds the recovery of most of the lost data, with the rest being recovered from the slower Carbonite.
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01 Mar 2013   #4

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Hello members
Thanks for the link and for the extensive explanation.
I have almost given up finding a service, which is less than $ 100.-/yr which also includes backup to network drive. I have backups on various drives, incl. network drive, though time has come for an added security feature with backing up my documents online.
I am still open for suggestions and could also warm up to the FTP idea.
Regards
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01 Mar 2013   #5

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I totally missed the part about network drives. Carbonite has a Home Plus type plan for only $99 that will backup external drives which might work for you. It has a free trial so you can check it out.
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02 Mar 2013   #6

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

I think when you said "online", everone thought you meant "cloud"; but my guess is what you really meant was "local network", right?

That being the case, you should look into Macrium Reflect. They have a free version, but I don't know if that version also includes backing up to your local network. I know the paid version does.
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02 Mar 2013   #7

W7/VM
 
 

Mark
MY apology for not being clear enough.
What I meant was cloud and local network. I would like one client, e.g. mozy , carbonite or similar, which would backup to cloud and network drive. I know Mozy Pro does it though the price for my usage is just to high, hence the reason for asking in post 1, though the thread title may should be 'cloud backup options'.
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