1.    30 Mar 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2016
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    Windows 10 64-bit

    Online backup service that stores a cloned copy

    I've heard some good things about Backblaze but they don't have the option to store a cloned copy of the hard drive. Does anyone know a backup service that can do that? So in the event of a hard-disk failure I could be up and running pretty fast. Then from there just continue working on my computer.
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  2.    30 Mar 2017 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ptolemy View Post
    ....they don't have the option to store a cloned copy of the hard drive. Does anyone know a backup service that can do that? So in the event of a hard-disk failure I could be up and running pretty fast...
    You must have a blazingly fast broadband. What's your download speed? How big is your system drive?

    Sweden had an average broadband speed of 19.7Mbps in Q3 2016 (source: https://www.fastmetrics.com/internet...by-country.php). That's 2.4MBps. A minimal install of Windows10/Office is about 15GB That will take about 2 hours to download. Upload speeds are generally slower (my upload is 1/16th my download speed). That would be 32 hours then...

    Use an external HDD and something like Macrium Reflect. That's a much faster solution.

    Afterthought: how do you intend to get an internet connection in the event of a hard disk failure?
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  3.    30 Mar 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    As @Bree stated, unless you have huge internet bandwidth coupled with the most basic Windows installation, it would take forever to store the image online. And, on top of that, you would have to have a recovery solution that was able to retrieve the backup image from the cloud which would most likely also require a location to store a temporary copy of it locally during the restore process. The one time cost of less than $100 U.S. (895 Krona) for an external hard drive is a much more practical solution.
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