Since purchasing my new 2Tb Samsung HardDrive from HERE , I’ve got myself thinking about backups (I backed up anyway but with more storage space there’s more to think about).
I’ve always liked the idea of local storage on hard drives. You know where the data is, how you can access it and what to do if something goes wrong, but with broadband internet and the price of online storage decreasing, cloud backup services may not be such a bad idea. Firstly I’m going to look at the cost of cloud storage, the prices I quote are accurate at the time of writing, but the prices will will decrease (or storage offered for same price will increase) over time.
The first service I’m looking at is Carbonite, their pricing structure is simple. You pay $59 per computer per year (cheapest account). There’s no limit on how much you can backup but there is a cap (200Gb) at which upload speed will ‘slow noticeably’. This is possibly the best option for uploading a lot of data; All you do is install the client and backup as much as you can. However there aren’t that many other features. I’m not sure what Carbonite is compatible with but it would ideal to run on a server so that it can continually run and backup every file on the network.
ZumoDrive is almost the opposite to Carbonite, you pay for the storage space you use. For a similar price to carbonite, $69 you’ll get 25Gb of online storage. The is however a big between the services. ZumoDrive is a synchronisation utility, you can use it on as many computers as you want and it will mount it’s storage, by default to the ‘Z:’ drive so you can browse all your files just like a normal hard drive.
Between these two services, it definitely depends how you want to use and access your data because. The other option of course is to backup yourself! This option will be the cheapest and will allow you to store much more data, however setting it up so you don’t loose data will be what you have to pay close attention to.
I just bought a 2Tb hard drive for £57, but realistically, to backup documents and photos you probably don’t need more than 200Gb. For under £30 you can get a 500Gb hard drive. The point here is that to have any sort of data security you’ll need to drives (in case one fails) so you’d be paying £60 for 500Gb backup space – Where everything you backup is duplicated across both drives. The backup software you use to automate this is what will make the process doable, when you first set up the backup it may be tedious to make sure you’ve set everything correctly however when this is sorted you’ll just be able to run a script at the end of every day and watch as your files are copied across the two drives. Try the Areca backup software that I looked at in my LAST post.
One last note, Ideally the drives should be kept apart – If you want to really make sure your data is safe, keep the other drive somewhere physically different to the first and synchronize them over a LAN or the internet (whatever is more feasible).