Windows 10: Recommend an Offline Backup Service

View Poll Results: Which offline backup service do you prefer?

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  • Backblaze

    3 37.50%
  • Carbonite

    0 0%
  • iDrive

    0 0%
  • Mozy

    0 0%
  • Acronis

    1 12.50%
  • Other (please post who you recommend)

    4 50.00%
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  1. ericnixmd's Avatar
    Posts : 268
    Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
       08 May 2018 #1

    Recommend an Offsite Online Backup Service


    I'm considering switching from Carbonite to another service (iDrive, Backblaze, etc.).

    What do you guys recommend? Carbonite seems to be resource intensive during active backups.
    Last edited by ericnixmd; 10 May 2018 at 01:07.
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  2.    09 May 2018 #2

    Hi.
    Not sure I understand - you say offline backup, but the ones you have listed in your poll are mostly cloud backups (which require you to be online).

    An offline backup to me would be, for example, taking the computer offline, connecting a backup drive, making a Macrium Image or Macrium File and Folder backup, disconnecting the backup drive when completed, and then taking the computer back online.
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  3. ericnixmd's Avatar
    Posts : 268
    Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       10 May 2018 #3

    Sorry, my bad. I meant offsite. Online. That's what I get for posting while sleep deprived.
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  4.    10 May 2018 #4

    Hi there

    Offsite -- can be anywhere away from the computer's location -- other person's house, bank vault etc.

    For home users it's not worth paying anything for this unless the backup / archive is extremely valuable. Remember also that you might need to restore the backups so it's no point having these in places where it can take days to retrieve them.

    Personally I'd just have a decent solid reasonably burglar proof and fireproof safe in the house --should be OK. Mind you if your house burns down I'd think you'd have a lot worse things to worry about than backup recovery !!!!

    BTW these safes can be reasonably floodproof too.

    I wouldn't recommend storing stuff in an Office (workplace) desk these days - a lot of businesses get quite picky about what's allowed on site these days and even more picky about what's removed.

    If you want online access then there's plenty of cloud servers out there -- not sure what amount of data you need to store though - or you could buy your own domain from a hosting server and store your data there. These services are quite cheap these days.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5. ericnixmd's Avatar
    Posts : 268
    Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       10 May 2018 #5

    It's about 200 GB of data that needs to be stored. I'm looking for an easy option. I have a 64TB NAS (Synology RS815+) that is duplicated for offsite backup at our trusted neighbor's house with a CAT6 running between our houses. This is used exclusively by my wife for her photography business. I don't want her to lose client photos if the house were to catch fire.

    I'm currently using Carbonite and I feel like the app is a resource hog. That's why I'm asking for a service others would recommend: Backblaze, stick with Carbonite, iDrive, Mozy, etc.
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  6.    10 May 2018 #6

    Hi there
    Your own domain from say somebody like go-daddy or similar with hosting could be yours for around 15 USD a year - - 200GB should be easily available. Just google hosting domains.

    Seems this would be the most secure type of operation as they also do site backups themselves - so you've got double cover. These sites usually have very fast speeds so it would only be your own Internet speed that would be a factor. You could also grant other users FTP access to your files / backups too. FTP would be quite a quick access for your files on a fast server too.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. Compumind's Avatar
    Posts : 173
    Windows 7, 10, Linux Various Builds
       10 May 2018 #7

    Hi ericnixmd -

    If you are just interested in backing up all of your *data* in real-time, I would like to suggest a product:

    CrashPlan for Small Business - Online Data Backup | Offsite, Onsite Cloud Backups | Crashplan

    Research the product and I think you should consider giving it a go. I believe there is a free trial.

    Hope this helps!


    :)
    Last edited by Compumind; 10 May 2018 at 09:21.
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  8.    10 May 2018 #8

    "...I'm looking for an easy option..." If The 'Net's threads are an indication -- easy backup does not always mean easy restore. I recommend looking for a restorable upon demand option :)
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  9.    10 May 2018 #9

    ericnixmd said: View Post
    It's about 200 GB of data that needs to be stored. I'm looking for an easy option. I have a 64TB NAS (Synology RS815+) that is duplicated for offsite backup at our trusted neighbor's house with a CAT6 running between our houses. This is used exclusively by my wife for her photography business. I don't want her to lose client photos if the house were to catch fire.

    I'm currently using Carbonite and I feel like the app is a resource hog. That's why I'm asking for a service others would recommend: Backblaze, stick with Carbonite, iDrive, Mozy, etc.
    I can only speak of the ones I've used, so here goes:

    Carbonite (Useless IMO)
    Resource hog
    Internet hog
    Won't backup everything (you have to individually select videos, for example)
    Expensive for what they give you.

    CrashPlan (useless now as they no longer service home users, only business)
    This was the cat's meow until they changed their business model. Now it's over priced, and the way they left their home users out in the cold was lame. Until they changed their business model, they were my top choice.

    iDrive
    Similar to CrashPlan, but better. There is more control over what is backed up and when.
    They will send you a "seed" drive once a year for free. They allow multiple devices on an account, and only limit the total storage based on what package you buy. They allow you to set a personal encryption key, which means no one (not even them) have access to your data. Of course, that could come back to bite you in the ..... if you forget it.
    They can also send you your data via post overnight, in the case of catastrophe.

    Macrium
    Store in a lock box in your bank. Too much trouble to update regularly.

    Best practice is 3-2-1
    3 total backups
    2 regularly swapped and updated
    1 off site
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  10. Jimmyb's Avatar
    Posts : 90
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit/Windows 7 dual boot
       11 May 2018 #10

    I use Macrium for my backup, and Amazon for my offsite backup.
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