Having an off-site backup of you data is always an essential part of a solid data backup strategy. So far we have covered several Free Online Storage services that have limited amounts of space available. The free solutions might be good enough for a lot of users, but the power PC user requires more. Today we’ll take a look at the subscription service Carbonite.
Installation is quick and easy. Just download the Carbonite application from the website and install. The Desktop is refreshed during the install but there is no system restart required.
Carbonite will show a welcome screen advising it is ready to use and show the Taskbar icon.
Next will be a information center or tutorial type screen. Carbonite will automatically backup the more important directories such as Documents and email. If there are specific files needing stored we can manually add them.
From the Taskbar you can access the Info Center where we can view the progress of a backup, restore files, or change different settings such as the backup schedule.
If you kicked off a large backup and need to use a program requiring a lot of bandwidth just simply pause it.
Carbonite integrates with Windows Explorer to easily navigate and find files. This is nice if you want to verify certain data is backed up or if you need to recover a few files.
For this example I simply did a drag and drop of 2 files from the Carbonite drive. You receive a pop up message indicating success.
If you need to find and restore large amounts of lost data simply kick off the Restore Wizard. Everything will be restored back to the original location for your account or multiple users accounts.
Currently I am still on my free 15 day trial period with Carbonite, but I am 100% sure I will be purchasing a year subscription. Scheduling, backup, and recovery of data is extremely easy with simple to follow wizards, even more advanced options are straight forward. You are allowed unlimited space for backup for what is a very reasonable rate ($49.95/year).
Editor’s Note: This is a review of a non-free service. This is not a sponsored review and we make no money from clicks or signups, we just happen to like this product. We believe in full disclosure and will not recommend something without having personally used the product.
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- Published 10/21/08