Carbonite Online Backup review
This review was updated on the 15/07/2011 after a group test of 13 popular online backup and file syncing services
Carbonite's online backup service offers unlimited storage space for one PC – subject to how much your broadband connection can cope with, of course. It can't upload individual files of more than 4GB, though, or content from external drives or network locations.
The default settings back up all documents, pictures, emails, settings, music, spreadsheets and presentations, but leave out system files, program files and videos. If that's not right for you - for example, our 140GB music collection made for a daunting initial backup - you can opt for a custom setup.
The custom setup options are a little limited, though. If you don't want all of Carbonite’s suggested folders, you must start with nothing in your backup. The setup process also allows you to configure a daily or weekly backup schedule instead of having backups running continuously in the background.
Rather than using a dedicated file manager, Carbonite uses a right-click option in Windows Explorer to add files and folders to the backup, which works extremely elegantly. Backed up and pending files are indicated by little dots, making it easy to check their status at a glance.
The Carbonite application is used to restore files, with the ability to search by full or partial name, or open a wizard to restore all files. Access to backed up files also comes via the Carbonite virtual drive that appears in (My) Computer. However you restore your files, you'll be able to access older versions and deleted files that are up to 30 days old.
Backups are also available via the Carbonite web interface. It can display thumbnails and has an image viewer, but other media files and documents are simply downloaded. There are apps for Android, Blackberry and iOS for accessing files and playing and previewing media files. However, they can't share files with other people.
Carbonite is the cheapest unlimited backup service we've reviewed and it's very easy to use. If all you want is simple and secure backups, it's perfect. However, for extra features such as file sharing, LiveDrive Backup is the way to go.
One good alternative is http://www.stocklii.com/en. You can create a virtual drive which is backuping your data online. You can also use FTP or a pretty web interface to store your data online. Furthermore, you can create unlimited user and the transfert is unlimited either. Its a really good service, you should take a look
By marcus2010 on 13 Aug 2010
All good if you have SMALL amount for back
Quick Note from Experience: if you have more than 35GB of data to backup do a google search on backup throttling carbonite and read the terms on backup / upload speed. I have 135GB and the first 20gb was nice and fast so I went ahead and purchased a full license, only to find when I crept over the 30gb some good 2 weeks later did it then slow dowm to around 100kbps yes your reading that right, its around 3-4GB a day.
Now they say on the terms over 35-200gb "upload speeds can reach up to 512 kbps" and in reality its really throttled back to the 200GB mark as they confirmed 3-4GB per day. I have had the tech support people also check remotely my machine about 4-5 times now and the answer is always we will escalate this to the "Next Level" of support. Well its now been just under 6 weeks and my machine has been on 24x7 with reboots at time to reach 112gb, so another 3 weeks till I get the 135gb online, but that does not include any of my personal videos, that will take another estimated 2 month online backup with machine on..?? so trying to work out is 3 months of powering my Q6600 machine worth all the trouble ? (I backup to remote NAS , but its located on the same site)
It is good for say your mum or dad, long as they place the files in the folder you selected for backup , but for anyone serious with lots of DATA, I would say be prepared to keep machine on for whats looks like weeks at a time.... Here is a snipet of files - dates - GB ....(I have been tracking this from JAN when 1st installed till today the 19th Feb 2012...
Time Date Files GB
19:00 13/02/2012 55238 95.8
21:39 14/02/2012 56938 98.6
09:25 16/02/2012 59028 102
19:00 16/02/2012 59598 104
09:00 17/02/2012 60394 106
By Uotinam on 19 Feb 2012
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