Don’t forget to read my review of other databackup softwares including Carbonite and Mozy
Carbonite backup is possibly the most popular cross-platform data backup solution available. Techcrunch termed it as the backup solution closest to perfection they have seen and it is the favourite data backup service according to a Lifehacker poll. Let us take a look at it and find out if it lives up to all the hype.
Installing and configuring Carbonite is dead simple. It integrates itself with the right click context menu of Windows Explorer. You can backup any partition, directory or file by simply right clicking and selecting ‘Back this up’. By default Carbonite backs up everything in the Users (Documents and Settings in XP) folder. By default program files, system files, temporary files, videos and any file above 4gb aren’t backed up. However, you can add them manually. Tiny yellow dots indicate files and folders marked for backup, while green dots indicate files/folders that are already backed-up.
Like most other similar softwares Carbonite allows you to directly access backed up content through Carbonite Backup Drive – which can be accessed from Windows Explorer just like any other hard disk partition. Some other nice touches in Carbonite include the ability to schedule backups and to run it in a low bandwidth mode.
Unlimited storage capacity ensures that you never run out of space. However, reportedly after the first 50 GB, they limit you to 0.5 GB uploads per day. Carbonite features double encryption to ensure that your private data stays private. One potential issue with completely trusting a service like Carbonite is reliability. Carbonite uses RAID 5 array which is cheap but offers limited redundancy. Another annoying aspect of Carbonite is that is refuses to automatically backup many file-types and I couldn’t find anyway to change that. If you wish to backup files that are deemed unnecessary by Carbonite, your only option is to manually back them up – one by one. This certainly goes against Carbonite’s philosophy of being simple.
As more and more users look towards the cloud to backup their critical data services like Carbonite will only continue to grow. In spite of a couple of drawbacks Carbonite is probably the best option available at the moment if you are really serious about your data.
Download Carbonite Backup
Version Reviewed : v3.7.3 build 196
Platforms Supported : Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac (Intel) OS 10.4 (Tiger) and Mac 10.5 (Leopard)
License : 15 day Free Trial.
Cost : $54.95/year per computer
Carbonite 1 Year License Giveaway
I have a 1 year license of Carbonite (courtsey of Subscription.com), that I am going to give away to 1 lucky reader. You can participate in the contest in any of the following ways :
i) reply to this post (1 entry)
ii) tweet about the contest (2 entries)
“Win 1 Year License of Carbonite Backup (valued at $54.95) by just commenting : http://tr.im/wingift”
After posting on twitter leave a comment here with the direct link to the tweet.
iii) blog about the contest with a link to this page (5 entries). Don’t forget to tell me about your blogpost by commenting.
The last date for participating in this contest is 26th April.
Not only that, you can save $10.99 if you use the Subscription.com Carbonite Offer. Subscription.com is providing 20% discount on all licenses purchased through them. Don’t forget to check out other offers at subscription.com. They provide discounts on everything from Security Softwares to Dating services.