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Old Jan 31, 2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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I need someone to recommend an on line backup service for my PC. I have a backup drive but it the house burns down, so will my backup.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 12:09 PM   #2
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If you must go with an on-line backup service, I recommend carbonite.com
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I suggest you would do better to take a regular copy of the hard drive on another external drive and store it elsewhere-I do that and keep it safely secured at work but anywhere would do-a reliable friend or relation.

On-line storage can be problematical-the companies can go bust taking your data with them ,if you have movies stored it can also be a lot of data to upload and there will be a cost. One years premium can sometimes be almost as much as the cost of an external hard drive.
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I agree that on-line backup is not a great option, but of all the on-line backup options, I think Carbonite is the least objectional.

And at the very least, I would give it higher marks than an external hard disk drive.
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I'm not knocking Carbonite-in fact the name was new to me. A quick search confirms that for home users it seems to get good reviews. Just my personal preference is for an external hard drive.

That said for some years I have done a lot of my photo printing via Photobox a fairly big player for online printing throughout Europe. They allow unlimited storage of photos (jpeg ) so the bulk of my digital collection is stored with them as an additional backup .Always a good idea to have more than one backup.
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Carbonite has been around for a while. Obviously it's run by a bunch of Star Wars nerds. That's not to say that's a bad thing.

Since the demise of the floppy disk drive, the external hard disk is the least reliable backup medium. But if you've got multiple drives, sticking one in a fire proof safe or a safe deposit box is an excellent option.
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I've also used Carbonite for several years and had to use it twice when hard drives crashed. No problems with the restore .... I'm a satisfied customer and continue to use them.
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