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Windows 7: Need Online Backup Recommendation

05 Dec 2016   #1
ESL

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Need Online Backup Recommendation

Soon, I'll no longer be using SOS Online Backup. I was grandfathered in with their unlimited plan, but just found out that all grandfathered unlimited accounts will now be required to switch to limited plans. This sucks, because the greatest feature of SOS is true archiving, which enables me to upload huge files such as BD rips, and then delete them from my PC while keeping them in the cloud, thereby freeing up space on my C drive. Do you guys know of any online backup services that offer unlimited and true archiving? What can you recommend? Thanks.

Jim


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05 Dec 2016   #2
MoxieMomma

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

Hi:

Bummer.
That stinks.
I was looking at them to replace my current service (see below).
But it's too late to get a grandfathered unlimited account.
Bummer.

I compiled this list back in FEBRUARY.
Obviously, it is no longer entirely up to date on some details.
So I offer it "as is", as far as researching the other companies.
This is in addition to the usual vendors (Carbonite, Mozy) and the big "cloud" file-sharing services (Google Drive, OneDrive, SugarSync,etc.)

I have a feeling that an UNLIMITED account with TRUE ARCHIVING and adequate SECURITY will be EXPENSIVE and/or hard to find.

Let us know what you come up with,

MM

1. SOS Online Backup (replaces MBSB) ($79.99/yr per PC; unlimited; never deletes; good security): SOS Online Backup Review & Rating | PCMag.com
2. Crash Plan ($59.99/yr/PC or $149.99 family; unlimited; never deletes; good security): CrashPlan Review & Rating | PCMag.com
3. IDRive ($59.50/yr for 1 TB; some service & CS issues, but responsive; good security; File Explorer integration; *site NOT whitelisted by KL*): IDrive Review & Rating | PCMag.com
4. SpiderOak ($84/yr for 30 GB, $129 for 1 TB; best privacy, but expensive and slow): SpiderOakONE Review & Rating | PCMag.com
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05 Dec 2016   #3
ESL

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks. I'll check those out, and keep you posted.

Jim
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06 Dec 2016   #4
MoxieMomma

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

Hi:

Yes, let us know if you turn up any good possibilities.
It looks as if even the better vendors are starting to limit account capacity, probably because users are trying nowadays to backup massive mother lodes of data (videos, etc.).
The trend to limiting accounts will probably continue and/or the cost of "unlimited" storage will likely climb?
Bummer, for sure.

Cheers,
MM
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06 Dec 2016   #5
Bunny G

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Very interesting query as I, too, am looking for a reasonably priced and efficient cloud service - am even thinking of setting up my own, just for me and the (grown-up and travelling, kids). We'd need way, way more than 1TB though as the quantity of pics and music the kids own is prodigious).

But, I'd prefer not to have the hassle, if the price is right to use a commercial provider.

I think the commercial Servers could easily solve their overload data problems by allowing only a set limit for, say, video files and charge extra for video storage, above that gracious allowance.

Just my two penn'orth, for what it's worth.

Shall be watching this thread with interest.
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07 Dec 2016   #6
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

My backup requirements are minimal. a gmail account will permit 15GB storage for free. at one time I had 20 accounts but have trim that down to two. just a thought.
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07 Dec 2016   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Overall, I've been very happy with Carbonite.com. I've seen others recommend Crashplan and Backblaze. I strongly advise against using free cloud storage for backups. They are not as secure and reliable as paid cloud backup services and are notorious for disappearing with little or inadequate notice, taking your data with them.
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07 Dec 2016   #8
Bunny G

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Overall, I've been very happy with Carbonite.com. I've seen others recommend Crashplan and Backblaze. I strongly advise against using free cloud storage for backups. They are not as secure and reliable as paid cloud backup services and are notorious for disappearing with little or inadequate notice, taking your data with them.
Although this is not my Thread, thanks for the advice which is probably very wise and I'll take a look at your recommendations.
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09 Dec 2016   #9
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My only recommendation is DON'T. As you've seen yourself, relying on third party services is not a good idea, they can disappear at any time, fail, or just sell your data whenever they want. If you have something valuable, the cloud (ie, someone's else machine) is the last place where you want it.

Instead, save that money and buy an external HD or two, and place your backups there. It's a one-time payment, will never disappear and you'll keep full privacy at all times. Just make sure to handle them with care and have more than one copy of important data in case a drive fails.
An additional advantage is that you can simply delete the data from the main HD and use it direcly from the backup drive, without needing to download anything. You also save an immense amount of bandwidth.
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10 Dec 2016   #10
MoxieMomma

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

^^^^ That's good advice. ^^^^

However, if one's house is burglarized or burns down or floods, then those on-site external USB hard drives are worthless, unless they are in a fire-proof, waterproof safe or one's bank vault.
And if they are hidden away, how likely will the user be to employ those devices for frequent backups?

@LF's approach is the most sound: BOTH.

A high-quality, reputable, secure off-site, encrypted backup with a good company (no, not Google Drive or even Dropbox...).
AND
At least two, rotating USB external hard drives for local backup.

That's what I do (and I copy important, current, "working" data files to at least two high-end USB flash drives, for an additional layer). And my work files from my laptop are also in backup in a secure network drive at my employer.

Cheers,
MM
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