I have already reviewed the much acclaimed Carbonite Data Backup and Synplicity Data Synchronisation solution. Today I will take a look at Mozy Backup – which is one of the most popular data backup solutions. Mozy has different solutions for home users (called Mozy Home) and enterprise users (called Mozy Pro). In this article I will be focusing on Mozy Home. You can learn about the differences between the two here.Mozy Home is available as a free download for Windows and Mac and provides up to 2GB of backup space for free. You can increase your online storage size by referring friends and relatives (1GB extra storage for referring 4 users) or by upgrading to Mozy Unlimited. Mozy Unlimited provides unlimited storage space and costs $54.45 per year.
Installing and setting up the MozyHome backup client is extremely simple. After installation, it will prompt you to backup pre-configured folders and objects including Firefox and Internet Explorer Favourites, Music, Document and Pictures folders. One of my complaints with Carbonite as well as Synplicity was that they didn’t really provide a very intuitive interface for manually selecting files to be backed up. MozyHome’s inbuilt File System Explorer solves this problem and allows me to quickly backup selective files spread across multiple folders. Mozy definitely trumps the previously reviewed alternatives in this department. Additionally, Mozy allows you to backup external devices like USB hard disks. This wasn’t possible in Carbonite and is definitely another big positive for Mozy. However, unlike the other two Mozy doesn’t integrate itself with the right click context menu and you can’t directly mark a file or folder for backup from Windows Explorer. Another big disadvantage of Mozy is that if you delete any file on your computer, Mozy will automatically delete the remote copy of that file after 30 days. This seems an extremely strange thing to do since purpose of Mozy is to backup data. The one month backup does offer some protection against accidental data prevention, however ideally Mozy should keep the data in its servers till I manually delete it.
Mozy automatically encrypts your data before storing it. You can specify your own encryption key or allow Mozy to pick one for you. I would strongly recommend using your own key for privacy and security purposes. Restoring Data with Mozy is fairly easy, however it may be very time consuming if you are dealing with large amounts of data. You can use the Restore function present in the MozyHome client or restore data from the web. If you are looking to restore large amount of data using the Web Interface is recommended. Once you select the files you want to download Mozy will send you an email containing the URL of a temporary zip file containing your files. While downloading a zip file is more convenient the downside is that Mozy takes some time to prepare the file. Mozy also integrates with your explorer shell and displays your remote backup folder as a virtual drive. If you enable the Overlay Icons feature Mozy will make use of tiny icons to indicate the current status of a file (backed up or pending backup).
While Mozy is simple to use and has an intuitive interface it will also please the geeks. It provides plenty of options to tinker with. It supports automatic as well as scheduled backups along with bandwidth throttling. In my testing I never experienced any problem with Mozy; I have had an account for nearly a year now. However, I have seen people complaining about the MozyHome client’s impact on their computer performance. If this happens try reducing the backup speed and using scheduled backups instead of automatic backups. The best option is to simply download and install the MozyHome client and to check it out before upgrading to Unlimited. Based on my personal experience I won’t hesitate to recommend MozyHome. It makes backing up simple and painless. The client is lightweight and intuitive. And most importantly Mozy is owned by Decho Corporation, a subsidiary of EMC Corporation. It has over a million customers and also has a multi-million dollar contract with GE. In short Mozy has the financial might required to survive during tough times and isn’t likely to disappear all of a sudden.
Download MozyHome (9.21 MB)
Mozy Backup Website
Version reviewed : 188.8.131.52
Platforms Supported : Windows Xp/Vista, Mac OS X 10.4 and higher
License : Freeware with 2GB space limitation.
Cost : MozyHome Unlimited – $54.45/year or $4.95/month/machine
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