2009-01-02

Try Mozy, get a free beverage

A while back, I stopped using Carbonite .  My PC was misbehaving--its performance was terrible--and it was easy to blame Carbonite for at least part of the problem.  Carbonite's style is that it constantly monitors your Windows file system and makes backups almost immediately when a file changes.  That's good if you want excellent backup protection, but it sucks CPU, file system performance, and bandwidth from your PC.  Most people won't notice the performance drap, but on my old PC, it was intolerable.

I switched to Mozy, and I've been happy with it.  Mozy's style is less obtrusive.  It runs once a day, waits for your PC to be relatively idle, scans the file system for modified files, and backs them up.  It's not quite as safe as Carbonite, but it's good enough for me.

I strongly recommend Mozy. Sign up for a free account and get up to 2 GB of backup at no charge.  Or sign up for Mozy Unlimited Backup for, yes, unlimited backups. Yes, those are affiliate links.   If you sign up for Pro, I'll buy you a beverage at my local pub.

2 comments:

Alison said...

Richard,

Sorry to hear you felt Carbonite was slowing down your PC. That's not a complaint we get too often. As you mentioned, in its default setting, Carbonite runs automatically in the background, backing up files whenever they change. However, Carbonite also gives you the option to schedule your backups. Using this feature, you can tell Carbonite exactly when to start backing up files (i.e. every evening at 11 pm) or when NOT to back up files (i.e. don't back up between 9 am and 5 pm).

Even if it's not with Carbonite, I'm glad you're using online backup. However, I do think it's fair to point out that Carbonite does allow you to control your backup if you don't want it running continually in the background.

Thanks,
Alison

Richard said...

That's fair, Alison. Thanks for the tip.

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