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Old 05-16-2011, 11:54 AM   #21
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I had a not so good experience with backing up my files online. I wanted a fireproof and theft proof storage location and after some research chose a FREE 5GB storage just to give it a try. After gaining some confidence, I put some fairly sensitive files on there and it went well for about a year, then I got a notice that the service was shutting down.

So somewhere, my files sit on a computer that is God knows where, and in God knows whose hands. Not fun to think about.
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:56 AM   #22
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Not that I'm a computer expert, but with my cable ISP my download speed is much faster than my upload speed (22 MBS vs 3 MBS). Wouldn't that mean if I spent 7 days uploading my backup - it would take a single day to download it?
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I use a Buffalo Link Station as a network attached storage. I backup my computer and DW's laptop.

Rescume, I was speaking of a complete backup, and figured few people would use a carbonite type service for this. I acutally use Macrium and Acronis True Image for total backup.
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Oh, and back to the OP, I do know plenty of people that use and love Carbonite.
Yes, me being one of them.

While I worked in the IT field for over 40 years (most when computers were computers - e.g. mainframes) and in charge of a DRP program for part of that time, I find that the Carbonite (or similar) solution, when viewed from a cost/benefit analysis is a "no brainer".

Less than $.15/day to ensure my files (which are my lifeline) are backed up? No question; it's worth it, IMHO.
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Just saw this article on the Carbonite S-2 filing and thought it might be relevant -

http://www.crn.com/news/storage/2295...ing.htm?pgno=1
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Just saw this article on the Carbonite S-2 filing and thought it might be relevant
There's a huge gaping canyon between "satisfied customers" and "satisfied investors". It'll be interesting to see where the IPO ends up.
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Not that I'm a computer expert, but with my cable ISP my download speed is much faster than my upload speed (22 MBS vs 3 MBS). Wouldn't that mean if I spent 7 days uploading my backup - it would take a single day to download it?
Got impatient so here is the answer: Uploads to Carbonite are limited as follows:

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Carbonite allocates more bandwidth to new users doing a typical initial backup of less than 35GB, and less to users after their backup exceeds 200GB. Once your initial backup is complete, updates to your backup usually take only a few minutes each day.
Our bandwidth policy is allocated into three tiers as shown below. This allows us to ensure that all users are able to backup their most important data as quickly as possible. Actual speeds may vary depending on your Internet connection, your computer's configuration, other Internet-enabled software you may be running, and how often you use your computer. The current maximum upload speeds are as follows:
  • The first 35GB of data can achieve upload speeds of up to 2 mbps (megabits per second).
  • Between 35GB - 200GB of data can have the upload speeds reach up to 512 kbps (kilobits per second).
  • 200GB or more of data can be uploaded at up to 100 kbps (kilobits per second).
Downloads are a different story.
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Carbonite can restore data at up to 10mbps, although most consumer Internet connections are slower than this. If your Internet connection provides download speeds of 10mbps and the only activity being performed by your computer is your Carbonite restore process, it is possible to restore as much as 100GB per day.
So, unless you have the really slow cheap-o internets, restoring/downloading will go many time faster - at least 5 times faster if your download speed is at least 10 MBS. IMO the answer to the original question is that a 7 day upload time would not equal a 7 day download/backup speed because of Carbonite. YMMV depending on the speed of your connection to the internet.
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