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Old 05-26-2011, 01:51 PM
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Anyone using this service?

http://www.carbonite.com/

If so, how do you like it?

I'm considering it.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-26-2011, 01:55 PM
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I evaluated several online backups and chose this one for my wife's computer. Overall works pretty well and is transparent. Her backup is up to 75GB. Price seems pretty reasonable as well.
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I tried it. When I needed it the backup files would not install and the tech support sucked.

Buy a backup hard drive, purchase a drive imaging program such as Acronis and set the program to backup your drive every week. I realize this system will not protect you if you had a house fire or were hit by a tornado or hurricane.

Just my $.02.
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So how do you know if you might back-up the virus that crashed your drive to begin with?
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I had to many issues with Outlook when I loaded it. As others have already said, buy an external HD and use that instead.
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Been using carbonite for three years now. Both at home, the store and on a MAC at the office. Had to restore from one computer and it did so with no troubles other than it was slower than I would have preferred. Most likely that was my DSL connection though.
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I've been using it at work for a couple of years as a redundent backup. Never tested it and never needed to restore files. I understand restoring is a slow process.

My other backup is to an external hard drive, set up as a task to run every night.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:58 PM
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So how do you know if you might back-up the virus that crashed your drive to begin with?
You set your anti virus program to update and scan nightlyl.
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I have been on Carbonite for a while. No issues. I have an home network drive that I "mirror" to the PC that Carbonite backs up so I have a copy of everything in the house. Also like that I can look at the files wherever I am (work, etc) as you can access them remotely.
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Been using it at my practice for a while. My very trustworthy computer guy said it's the best and he's not affiliated with them. Thankfully haven't had to use it yet. Hell of a lot easier than external hard drives cause you don't have to remember to do it every day and you don't have to worry about what to do with the hard drives.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:44 PM
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So how do you know if you might back-up the virus that crashed your drive to begin with?
You run that risk with any type of back up I guess. I have other precautions in place to hopefully avoid virus related issues. I really have never had a virus on a home computer. And with exception of the last place I worked, I never had a virus period. The point behind the back up isn't so much having to do with virus related issues, but hardware failure or even bigger catastrophe such as a home fire. And if there were to be a home fire, then the external harddrive wouldn't do me any good either. I'd prefer off site backup.
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I run Time Machine on my Mac. I can go back to any date and restore any file. Fine. I also run SuperDuper into a different external HD once in a while, mainly just before I install anything new. Then, I also ChronoSync my iMac to my MBP every now and then.

Can't be too careful out there.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:00 AM
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We use Carbonite here. Never had to restore anything, but with a large backup file, I assume it would take some time.

No complaints. As long as it works if and when I need it.
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