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Online Backup for Mac (Mozy, Carbonite, iDrive, Dropbox, ...)

Trying to find out a way to backup my data online. Lots of options.

Most of the "unlimited" backup plans have a caveat:

  • Mozy -- Free account of 2 GB. Deletes permanently deleted files after 30 days.
  • Carbonite -- Deletes permanently deleted files after 30 days.
  • Backblaze -- Deletes permanently deleted files after 4 weeks.
  • CrashPlan --No limitations as above, yet it's cheaper. Hmm..
  • LiveDrive -- Site looks fishy.
  • ElephantDrive -- Fishy.

Some talk about Mozy, includes great stuff about EULA's of Mozy and other players at the end.

Call me crazy but I'm going for a limited plan. Need around 200 GB storage.

Backup solutions:

  • JungleDisk -- Using Amazon S3: $0.150 per GB per month. Add transfer costs, etc. I really don't feel like counting the total cost..
  • iDrive -- Free account of 2 GB. 150 GB plan $4.95 / month. 500 GB $14.95 / month.
  • SafeCopy -- Free trial account of 3 GB. Can store multiple computers (and user accounts, I guess) to one SafeCopy account. 150 GB $50 / year. 250 GB $75 / year.

Backup and syncing solutions. Sync files across multiple devices (mac, pc, mobile phone, etc) :

  • Dropbox -- Free account of 2 GB. 100 GB $19.99 / month.
  • ZumoDrive -- Free account of 1 GB + 1 GB. 100 GB $19.99 / month. 200 GB $34.99 / month.
  • SugarSync -- Free account of 2 GB. 100 GB $14.99 / month. 250 GB $24.99 / month.
  • SpiderOak -- Free account of 2 GB. $10 / 100 GB / month or $100 / 100 GB / year.

Totally on its own category (someone said it supports mac, but I doubt it and really can't seem to find proper info -- or pretty much anything -- on the site):

  • SkyDrive (Windows Live) -- Free account of 25 GB.

Other options: Box.netSOS Online Backup. It's just that these has only plans for a few GB's.

I guess I have to take a closer look which files I need to sync (I can't live without Dropbox anymore) and which need backup only. Seems like a SafeCopy + Dropbox hybrid solution will do.


  1. ChiliPepr wrote:

    Thanks for the good comparison. MozyHome works pretty well for me – on both Mac and PC. Their 2nd level support is good if you ever need it.

    Use the following link to get 20% more space on a free MozyHome 2 Gb account:

    [EDIT: affiliate link removed]

    Posted on 29-Dec-09 at 4:30 pm | Permalink
  2. Thanks for the info, ChiliPepr! (Had to remove your affiliate link though.)

    Posted on 29-Dec-09 at 8:57 pm | Permalink
  3. If you're looking at how long an online backup solution retains files, 30 days is quite common. If you want to retain them forever, you're really looking for online storage.

    Posted on 29-Dec-09 at 10:59 pm | Permalink
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