Imagine returning from a vacation to discover that you’ve been the victim of a break in and that the thieves took not only your computer but the external hard drives containing your digital backup of personal photos and videos. That was a recent reality for my aunt and it proved to be a devastating loss, especially for the scanned imagery she was using in tandem with her family lineage work on ancestry.com.
There are now several online storage solutions for PC and Mac that provide a robust secondary option for keeping your files safe in the event of a break in or unexpected event. The three companies highlighted below offer both consumer and professional options and are relatively easy for restoring your entire system in the event of loss. Here’s a breakdown of their services.
Carbonite’s storage solution installs on your local machine and allows for remote file management with Android, iPhone and Blackberry mobile applications. Home and Home Office subscriptions come in at $59 annually while the more service-rich Small Business option starts at $229 and can backup three computers for a total of 500GB total storage.
LiveDrive offers free trial subscriptions and three service platforms including titled Backup, Briefcase and Pro Suite. The entry-level suite comes in at $7.95 and provides unlimited online storage of your local machine with the freedom to remotely view the items online at any time. At twice the price, the Briefcase option includes 2 TB total storage, peer-to-peer sharing, a mobile app and functions like an external hard drive by mounting on the desktop. The Pro Suite is $24.95 and includes local backups for five machines, 5TB of total storage and can act like an FTP.
Mozy’s platform comes in Home and Pro versions that function like a local application on your computer, allowing you to customize what data is stored in their cloud. Android and iPhone compatible apps allow for easy mobile data management. A free trial version comes with 2GB at no cost and can be upgraded to a total of 50GB from one machine for $5.99 per month and $9.99 for 125 total GB. Professional pricing varies based on computer and server configuration and is contingent on the total storage allocation.
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