I’d add CrashPlan to that list. Cross-platform, multiple destination backup options, etc.
8 Apps to Help You Back Up Your Data
Posted December 23, 2010 in Tools/Resources
Your income, peace of mind, and relationship with your clients depends on how well your work data is secured.
Recently, I wrote about why securing your computer data is extremely important for freelancers.
As a follow-up to that post, I’ve compiled a number of data security solutions based on recommendations from other freelancers.
Apps for Online Backups
Here are some applications to help you back up your data online:
1. Dropbox. This online backup and file synchronization service seems to be a popular one among freelancers, particularly our readers. I use Dropbox myself and find it indispensable in my everyday work. Dropbox has free and paid packages, depending on how much memory you need. Backing up and synchronizing of files happens in real time. That is, as soon as you save a file in the Dropbox folder in your computer, it’s already backed up in the cloud.
You can install Dropbox in an unlimited number of computers, and will be able to access your files online as well.
2. Mozy. Another online backup solution. Previously only compatible with Windows, Mozy now has a Mac version. Like other backup services, Mozy offers set-it-and-forget-it backup scheduling. Mozy is one of the most popular backup services because of its affordability. You can back up your files for only $4.95 a month and save even more if you pre-pay for a year or two years.
3. iDrive. Another online backup and file synchronization service. iDrive also has free and paid packages.
4. Jungle Disk. Jungle Disk not only offers data backup and file synchronization, it provides archiving as well. This means if you’ve run out of hard disk space on your computer but need to keep files, you can store them in the cloud through Jungle Disk. All files are stored in your Amazon S3 account, and after paying the flat fee of $2 to 4 a month, you pay only for the amount of space you use. This is what I use to archive family photos and videos, which can eat up my computer hard disk space really fast.
5. SugarSync. Yet another online backup and synchronization service, SygarSync lets you access your files online and on mobile devices. It’s free up to 5 GB of storage.
6. Carbonite. This online backup service charges one flat fee of $55 a year for any size backup. Carbonite prides itself in specializing and providing ONLY backup services. It does not synchronize, archive or share your files.
Apps for Backing Up on a Physical Drive
7. Genie Timeline. This software is for backing up your data on a physical disk. The benefit of using a solution like this is you only pay a one-time cost for the software and external hard-drive. Genie Timeline provides automatic backup of your computer files, as well as synched files from mobile devices (iPod, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry). Windows-compatible only.
8. Time Machine. This is the Mac utility for automatic backups and restoration. You can back up your data on an external hard drive or your Mac’s iDrive, if you use it. This app comes bundled with your Mac computer.
Which One Is Right for You?
This list is only a sneak peek at all of the options available to freelancers who want to backup their files. Before making your choice, check out this list–as well as the myriad of reviews of other services you’ll find online.
Your final choice will depend on your:
- Budget–Some solutions cost more than others
- Backup Preference–Do you want just a physical backup, just an online backup or both?
- Data Security Needs–If you just want to backup files, you’ll find you don’t need to spend a lot to get that. However, if you also want to synch files as well as archive them, then your choices get more limited
- Personal Comfort Zone–Some people just aren’t comfortable having their files in the cloud. Others, like me, won’t have peace of mind unless my backups are in both the cloud and a physical storage. Other freelancers prefer to do it themselves. Any choice is fine, as long as you use it and it works!
Do you have backup recommendations, other than what’s been mentioned here? Please share them in the comments below.
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December 23rd, 2010 at 8:47 am
December 23rd, 2010 at 9:11 am
using dropbox didn’t know about any of them, thanks for sharing able to know many of them.
December 23rd, 2010 at 9:24 am
I’m using Mozy for online backup for my main system. It took a few days for the initial backup (over 100GB), but now it syncs pretty fast. I have it set to backup 5 times per day so the threat of losing something is very minimal. The only thing that I don’t like about it is that I can’t access files remotely (like with Dropbox and others). I’m going to have to look into a different solution for that but I’ll go through the others in the list and I’m sure I can find one.
This is another interesting device that I came across yesterday: http://www.pogoplug.com/ you are able to create your own “cloud” with it, which is pretty cool.
Thanks for the article!
December 23rd, 2010 at 9:36 am
Excellent list, a couple thoughts though. Dropbox, while excellent, is not really a backup system. It is more an online storage service. Yes you can use it to backup your data it is missing some essential features that a backup service should have. For one you have to have you data placed in the Dropbox folder to backup. Forget to move or copy data and it will never be backed up.
Another service that does offer backup, is cross platform, offers sharing and sync is SpiderOak. They are a very good and work well on Windows, Mac and Linux.
For Mac and Windows there is also Backblaze. Backblaze backs up everything unless you exclude it. Very easy to use and is unlimited so you do not have to worry about running out of backup space.
December 23rd, 2010 at 10:57 am
Thanks for the post on some of the available on-line backup systems. I personally back up our data with two 2 terabyte external hard drives and we also have an account with Carbonite as well. So our files are backed up in 3 different locations.
Peace of mind for me.
The thing I like about Carbonite is that it backs files up automatically. Whenever we add a new file or update an existing file it backs it up to their remote site for us.
It does cost but it’s only a flat rate of $54.95 for unlimited backup per year. Small price to pay (in my eyes) for a very reliable on-line backup system.
Also, like your post said. Always backup your files be it either on-line or physical. Just makre sure to do it and it works.
December 23rd, 2010 at 7:03 pm
Definitely expands my horizons. I currently use a combination of RAID drives and a linux file server I made, but I am thinking of expanding into online backup for further redundancy. I’ve played around with Dropbox, and so far it’s not too shabby.
capecomrinDecember 24th, 2010 at 3:19 am
I would like to add storegrid, which supports cross platform and browser based ui.
December 24th, 2010 at 11:20 am
This is a nice article. Does anyone know of any free backup applications for Windows to manage backups to a physical drive? I am currently using Microsoft’s Windows 7 backup utility, but I’m not sure how good it is and I don’t want to be kicking myself when my computer’s hard drive fails and I can’t recover my files. Thanks.
JonhDecember 25th, 2010 at 3:32 am
I would add Wuala as another alternative. It has better encryption and cost less.
December 25th, 2010 at 9:04 pm
Excelente post. Solo conozco Dropbox y es fantástico.
RubyDecember 26th, 2010 at 4:18 am
@ Jonathan Goldford
Genie Timeline has a free edition that you can check
SenghaDecember 27th, 2010 at 12:31 am
Other than backup for computers, may want to look at backing up mobile devices also. I keep a lot of contacts of clients and partners on my blackberry. Using this phonebakup from bak2u.com.
December 27th, 2010 at 4:18 am
definitely stick with Dropbox! pretty solid for the three PCs at the shop…
HuckleberryDecember 28th, 2010 at 1:09 pm
What!! No Carbon Copy Cloner!
It’s free, and we’ve successfully paired it w/ 2 Drobos, 1 local, 1 remote, and it performs offsite backups every day flawlessly. We’ve got alot of data too. Each Drobo has about 4TB on it, and every day we work, that goes up by 200MB at least. Carbon Copy Cloner plows through it all, using rSync as it’s engine, in approx. 2 1/2 hours every day.
Great product. Highly recommended.
January 11th, 2011 at 6:47 am
There is another option to backup data to cloud storage powered by Amazon S3. Check out CloudBerry Backup http://backup.cloudberrylab.com/ . It is onetime fee and the rest what you pay for Amazon S3. Besides, there is no proprietary data format and you can access your data using other Amazon s3 tools. Supports all Amazon S3 regions and Reduced Redundancy Storage.
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