Data Backups Part 2

Over the last week I evaluated some different online backup products to figure out which was the best for me. I ended up going with Carbonite.  Carbonite offers a 15 day free trial. After that it is only $49.95 for a year of service per computer. There is no limit on the amount of backup capacity. After the initial backup of all your files that you have chosen to protect, the software runs in the background and automatically backs up your new files and changes to existing files. The system will store different versions of files for up to 90 days and seems like only the last 5 versions.  One of the things I liked most about the software is the ability to easily tell what files and folders are being backed up. A green dot on the file/folder icon means that it is backed up, a yellow dot means it is pending backup and not dot means it is isn’t backed up. If you find a file that isn’t being backed up and you need it to, you simply right click on the file and select Carbonite on the sub-menu and then tell it to back up the file. The other big plus for the software is that it shows up as a drive under your “My Computer” and you just have to click through the folders to restore a file. The software is very intuitive to use and I will have no problem recommending it to others that are a little computer challenged.

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