Carbonite Vs Backblaze Need help deciding between
Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:16 PM
First of all, I keep everything on one computer, so I donít need the capability for backing up EHDís. I have a large amount of data to back upó240 GB and counting.
I like the idea that with Backblaze you can choose to get your Ďrestoreí sent to you on flash drives or USB hard drives if you decide thatís what you want. I realize itís an additional charge, but with Carbonite, you have to pay more per month to get that feature, not just add it on when you need or want it. BB Ďspeaksí to great speeds, too; but who knows whether it is really different from Carbonite or not.
It looks like Carbonite has three pluses going for it. The first is that you can access and download files from your backups to remote computers. My understanding is that I could be on a friendís/sisterís computer and download some photos for them or show them a layout I made.
However, the main plus (as far as I can tell) is that Carbonite allows you more flexibility as to what folders or what drives are backed up and BB backs up everything for file types. I have two fixed disks on my computerómy main C drive that has all my operating software/applications and a separate drive for all of my documents. I would like to be able to back up all or most on the second drive and only my email files from my C drive. I donít want the backup to go browsing around my C drive all of the time. I do have copies of a few Ďdocumentsí still left on my C drive, and I also like to put things I donít want to back up on there as well.
Iím also interested in being able to change Ďwhení things are backed up (turn the auto-backup off & on), and I believe that Carbonite does allow this and I donít think BB does.
Can anyone tell me if my assumptions correct? Thanks so much!
Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:56 PM
I CAN access my files on Backblaze from any computer via their website.
I CAN tell Backblaze precisely which folders I want backed up. it backs up everything by default just to be simple, but you can go in and tell it to skip whatever you want.
I CAN turn off auto back up any time.
The only thing I don't like about Backblaze is the initial back up takes soooo long, but that's going to be the case with any system. I never notice it running, it doesn't slow down my computer, and when I've contacted customer service I've gotten a response within a day.
Having said all that, I primarily chose Backblaze over Carbonite because I wanted to be able to back up an EHD, so Carbonite may be just as good. Maybe it's like the Canon vs Nikon question. Good luck!
I use a Canon Rebel T1i and PSE10.
my photos and layouts
Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:10 PM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:07 PM
Ditto to everything Pat just said.
I did like that Carbonite would have a little green dot on each file to show that it was backed up. Backblaze doesn't show anything. I got really used to that green dot. Gave me reassurance. lol
Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:51 AM
The initial backup took nearly a month!, but once it had done it it ran smoothly in the background. The restore, which I had to use once, also took forever, my DH spent days waiting for important files to be restored.
We didn't realise, until we had been using it for a year and had to do the restore that we could choose which folders were backed up. On the plan we were on you couldn't share files between computers, you couldn't even view them on line.
We changed to Livedrive when we bought an EHD and carbonite put their prices up. The only downside to livedrive is that you have to copy the file or folder you want backed up to a special folder, so you have to remember to add new files.
My DH chose Livedrive, it works well with his job, due to the ease of sharing files.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:35 AM
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:48 AM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:14 AM
I had to replace the hard drive 2 x in one year and it took Back Blaze all of five minutes to "recognize" the new was the same old file setup and complete the change over. (I used THEIR method of changing the hard drive. They will assist you.)
The down side was switching to Mac from PC . Now I need to rebuild my PC before I can access that stored info. It won't recognize my MAX with externals as the same computer. I have since made several backup copies to various hard drives, so may not need to access it after all.
Downloading was not difficult when my nephew erased my internal backup drive while installing the new hard drive.