Bookmark and Share

Author Topic: online storage...  (Read 15777 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

stevae

  • Guest
online storage...
« on: March 11, 2009, 06:52:04 AM »
i was thinking that it was on here that i saw somewhere a topic on two of the best free programs for online storage. it was saying that one of them even allowed you to drag and drop files from your pc onto it, and it would automatically put them in your online storage space. do you know anything about those?

PcWinTech.com Forums

online storage...
« on: March 11, 2009, 06:52:04 AM »

Offline Shane

  • Top Geek, err uh Dog.
  • PcWinTech Administrator
  • PcWinTech Guru
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jul 2008
  • Posts: 16,846
  • Location: USA
  • Karma: 523
  • "Knowledge should be shared not hidden."
Re: online storage...
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009, 07:41:49 AM »
I dont know to much about them yet as I haven't really trusted the idea of my data being online and it taking a simple mess up to have someone hack my account and get my data. Nothing is fool proof. But depending what your storing say just music or something simple then it could be pretty great.

I thought google had something called GDrive. I would trust google before some others. but if your not storing important information then I would do a little research and try to find reviews on the ones you choose.

Shane
(My weekends belong to my wife and kids, I will try my best to answer all posts daily during the work week)

(About Shane)
Site Owner, Top Admin, Lead Programmer, Wife & 5 kids, Needs a lot more coffee.

When people ask "Why fix what isn't broken?" I reply "To make it better."
"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile"
Honor & Respect is all that matters.

Owner & Programmer of: www.pcwintech.com & www.tweaking.com

Offline Evan

  • Global Moderator
  • PcWinTech Guru
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2009
  • Posts: 1,306
  • Karma: 45
Online Storage...my 2 cents
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2009, 10:55:43 AM »
One of the main online storage players is Mozy.  You get your first 2GB of storage for free and we use them at our office.  Just to give you an idea of security of your content our office is under the watchful eye of the SEC (Security and Exchange Commission...the finance industry watchdogs...who didn't do enough for evil doers on Wall Street to easily slip past them).  Our office is in the line of work that is the second most regulated industry in the USA and we got the "okay" from the powers that be to use Mozy...so it's secure.

The main problem with them however (which is true of all online backup) is it can take easily a month to backup your data (if you have large music/picture/video library).  This is true only for the initial backup, after that then it only backs up your changes which are monitored constantly and have little impact.

Another program that I personally feel is better is Carbonite.  They are pretty similar but I believe have a better pricing scheme, a better GUI (Graphical User Interface) and 2 excelent editions specific to them.

1. Carbonite uses a colored dot on your files and folders that are part of the backup selection. A green dot for completed backup, a yellow for pending.(I might be wrong on the color association...this is all from memory) The advantage here is that you can easily see what is part of your backup solution and what isn't which leads to...
2.  Context menu integration (i.e. Right click menu).  If you see something that should or shouldn't (based off your convenient dots) be in the backup you can right click the folder or file and change it.

There are only two dissadvantages that should be heavily considered with these products or anything similar.
1.  Your backup and restore is dependent upon internet connection
2.  Some solutions might constantly (in the background) use your internet connection to do what they need to do and if you are using a Mobile (think 3G) connection you can really run up your usage.

Hope this helps.

-Evan
About Evan:Site Admin, Tester, Editor

PcWinTech.com Forums

Online Storage...my 2 cents
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2009, 10:55:43 AM »

 

email