Carbonite Online Backup

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Back up your computer online

A couple of months ago a friend contracted a particularly nasty virus on her PC and after many hours spent trying to resuscitate the machine, I had to break the bad news that she had lost everything on there. If only she'd had backed up her system using Carbonite, she would still be watching those dubiously-downloaded James Bond films today. View full description

PROS

  • Very uncomplicated interface
  • Unlimited backup storage
  • Performs regular backups

CONS

  • Requires a fast Internet connection

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A couple of months ago a friend contracted a particularly nasty virus on her PC and after many hours spent trying to resuscitate the machine, I had to break the bad news that she had lost everything on there. If only she'd had backed up her system using Carbonite, she would still be watching those dubiously-downloaded James Bond films today.

The software allows you to keep a backup of your entire hard disk on the company's servers, so that if the worst ever happens, you've still got a copy of everything safe and sound. After registration with the site and installation of the client, Carbonite connects itself to the Net and automatically begins uploading your data to its backup server. This process can take a long time so you need a quick Internet connection to make it as painless as possible.

The great thing about Carbonite is that it's so simple to operate and you get unlimited storage capacity for your backups, although I noticed you cannot backup personal video files over 2Gb. Once your data is uploaded onto the Carbonite servers it can perform regular backups at a rate of 2Gb per day. Provided you're comfortable transferring all your data to an external server, Carbonite makes for the perfect way to ensure you never lose any of your data.

Carbonite backs up all the irreplaceable files on your PC automatically over the Internet for just $50 a year. Just install the 15-day free trial, choose what you want to back up (or let Carbonite choose for you) and Carbonite goes to work backing up your files.

Backup happens while your PC is idle, so Carbonite never slows down your PC s performance or your Internet connection. Once your initial backup is complete, Carbonite runs in the background, constantly updating your backup with new and changed files.

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— User reviews — about Carbonite Online Backup

  • AlanUKOne

    by AlanUKOne

    "Great idea for 5GB Average Customer!"

    I have been using Unlimited Online Backup now for over 12 Months and because of the throttling back of Carbonites Bandwi... More.

    reviewed on June 10, 2012

  • lkjhgh

    by lkjhgh

    "Carbonite Online Backup"

    Advertised as unlimited online backup for one fee. Seems amazing for someone with 500GB accumulated photos and movies o... More.

    reviewed on January 31, 2012