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Post by Harrison Mathews with San Jose Online Storage Apps Crafters, Inc
Online Backup Service CARBONITE
Like those other online backup
services, such as Mozyand SOS, Carbonite throws
in software that sits on your desktop, uploading files to the cloud.
The software is of course compatible with Mac
and PCs, and, it encrypts your data before it uploads it, and keeps it encrypted in transit and when it reaches Carbonite’s
The company recently received another $33 million in venture capital funding, bringing the total (as
of this review) to $77 million. This suggests the company is doing well. However, some may feel more confident in choosing
Mozy, whose parent company, EMC, happens to specialize in storage.
The biggest difference between
Carbonite and a competitor such as Mozy is that it’s very
easy to use. For instance, when you first launch the software, Carbonite prompts you to immediately
start backing up your documents, e-mail, photos, settings, and everything on your desktop. However, you must manually
add videos, executable files, and files larger than 4GB by right-clicking on them in Windows Explorer or in the Mac OS X Finder.
The problem is that backing
up videos, large files, and executable files is not too nice; we wish you could do so from within the Carbonite
interface. The company says that it doesn’t automatically back up videos and larger files
because this would slow down the computer’s performance.
will soon allow users to automatically upload short videos (those under an unspecified file size threshold), which would help
separate short, priceless user-generated movies from larger purchased ones that could easily be replaced.
what if you don’t want everything in your My Documents folder backed up, you may ask....
you have to go into either Windows Explorer or Finder, depending on whether you’re backing up a PC or Mac, and
right-click on all those files too.
Carbonite says this allows users to "grab"
files from within the folders and OS they’re used to, without them having to learn a new interface just to back up files.
We actually think it would be more convenient to select all of these files from within a single interface. Mozy, another backup service, lets you do this from within the s/w so that you don’t
have to go hunting for files on the computer.
When it comes to scheduling backups, Carbonite
offers few options, but, the company makes it easy......
For instance, you can set the service to back up your
files at a specific time of day, or to not back up files within a given window (say, during business hours). But you can’t
tell Carbonite to back up files when the computer is idle, as you can with Mozy,
nor can you define how long you must be away from the computer before a backup begins.
And whereas Mozy
lets you throttle system performance and backup speed on a sliding scale, Carbonite just lets
you check or uncheck a circle in the Settings menu, asking the program to make backups a low
bandwith usage priority.
However, Carbonite does allow
for automatic backups, while Mozydoesn’t.