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Backup is fun when you automate it. smile.gif

Since most people tend to lack the discipline to do manual backups, automated backups would be best (one of the reasons I like Carbonite—it does almost everything automatically—although certain files—video, .exe, and files over a certain size—have to be manually set for backup, depending on the plan). I prefer to do all my backups (except for Carbonite's) manually to ensure the backup doesn't interfere with whatever I'm using the computer for at any given time and vice versa. I also prefer doing my backups after I've done my weekly security scans and just before I download and install any Windows updates. Besides, since my backup HDDs aren't permanently connected to the computer (and I don't want them permanently connected to help avoid malware, power irregularities, etc. corrupting them), automatic backups are pretty much out of the question anyway.
     
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All my backups are automatic after I spent time making sure I had it set right. I hate carbonite because of the pain it is to get my data back from them at times.
 
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Backup is fun when you automate it. smile.gif

Since most people tend to lack the discipline to do manual backups, automated backups would be best (one of the reasons I like Carbonite—it does almost everything automatically—although certain files—video, .exe, and files over a certain size—have to be manually set for backup, depending on the plan). I prefer to do all my backups (except for Carbonite's) manually to ensure the backup doesn't interfere with whatever I'm using the computer for at any given time and vice versa. I also prefer doing my backups after I've done my weekly security scans and just before I download and install any Windows updates. Besides, since my backup HDDs aren't permanently connected to the computer (and I don't want them permanently connected to help avoid malware, power irregularities, etc. corrupting them), automatic backups are pretty much out of the question anyway.
I have my own server on the network for backups and have externals I plug in every now and then when I feel like it. I always have it automated. I don't feel like paying for a backup service myself as it is slow on my connection and i don't really trust it much. I'll do free cloud storage tho like dropbox for some things (got 20GB free). I can't remember the last time I copied and pasted a folder to backup anything. lol
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All my backups are automatic after I spent time making sure I had it set right. I hate carbonite because of the pain it is to get my data back from them at times.

If by pain you mean the amount of time it takes to download it all, I totally agree with you! It is slow. However, in addition to using Carbonite and local backup HDDs, I also keep backup HDDs (one for each HDD I have in use on my machines) offsite (safe deposit box in the vault at my credit union) which get updated at least once a month (more often if I've been dumping a lot of data onto my HDDs in a short period of time). If I manage to lose my computer and all the local backups, I can recover the data that's on the offsite HDDs, then use Carbonite to recover what data has been added or modified since the offsite HDDs were last updated. Since there will be much less data to recover from Carbonite, that will speed things up immensely. And, if the seemingly impossible should ever happen and I lose my computer, the local backups and the offsite HDDs, Carbonite will hopefully still have my data.

Other than the amount of time it takes to upload and download large amounts of data, I've never had a problem with Carbonite other than a few years ago when their customer service was in India. They have since moved their customer service back to the U.S.
Edited by Lady Fitzgerald - 8/3/13 at 1:00pm
     
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You got Xeb's stamp of approval right there. Well planned and thought out! thumb.gif
 
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...I don't feel like paying for a backup service myself as it is slow on my connection and i don't really trust it much...

I agree it's slow. But once the ordeal of the initial upload is done, it doesn't really matter anymore. By keeping HDDs offsite, I can minimize recovery time by recovering everything I can from the offsite HDDs, then get the rest from Carbonite.

I don't trust anything. Carbonite will be no more or less reliable than HDDs or any other media. That is why I keep multiple backups in multiple locations.

Two more advantages of Carbonite is 30 day versioning and the ability to access data from another computer. The latter is handy when using my notebook while on the road since I don't have room to take all my data with me (nor do I want to for security reasons; I keep no critical data on the notebook).

The basic home plan (which is plenty for most people) is only $50/year; that's only $4.92/month.
     
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You got Xeb's stamp of approval right there. Well planned and thought out! thumb.gif

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I agree it's slow. But once the ordeal of the initial upload is done, it doesn't really matter anymore.

Curious, how much data do you have stored on Carbonite and how long did it take you to upload everything?
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Backup is fun when you automate it. smile.gif

Wouldn't exactly consider it fun. If I were to find a term for it, I'd say painless. Robocopy, WinRAR (for stuff that requires versioning), batch scripts and Windows task scheduler has worked really well for me so far. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post

If by pain you mean the amount of time it takes to download it all, I totally agree with you! It is slow. However, in addition to using Carbonite and local backup HDDs, I also keep backup HDDs (one for each HDD I have in use on my machines) offsite (safe deposit box in the vault at my credit union) which get updated at least once a month (more often if I've been dumping a lot of data onto my HDDs in a short period of time). If I manage to lose my computer and all the local backups, I can recover the data that's on the offsite HDDs, then use Carbonite to recover what data has been added or modified since the offsite HDDs were last updated. Since there will be much less data to recover from Carbonite, that will speed things up immensely. And, if the seemingly impossible should ever happen and I lose my computer, the local backups and the offsite HDDs, Carbonite will hopefully still have my data.

Other than the amount of time it takes to upload and download large amounts of data, I've never had a problem with Carbonite other than a few years ago when their customer service was in India. They have since moved their customer service back to the U.S.

Dose any one know of a service that I can back up like 10 tb of data from my home server?? I looked at carbonite and with a server you are limited to 500gb for 50 dollars a month.. too much to me!!
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