I've been messing with online data back up solutions for the past week.
I was going to go ahead and buy carbonite, but meh, im not too sure if i like it all that much. It works most like Live Mesh, and i love live mesh, but microsoft doesnt allow you to buy more sapce for it.
I'm not too sure if i trust carbonite, and i hear bad things about weird limits once you use a certain amount of space (even though they say unlimited). Also they dont watch folders, or upload special files.
I want to back up my 80gb photo collection online, which includes random videos here and there, and tons of ini files for picasa and other photo tools.
by default carbonite wont back these up. I'd have to go through hundreds and hudreds of my folders to manually select the files, and videos, which is kind of annoying.
Good thing about carbonite is that it encrypts all your date, and only you have the key.
Also the online file browser isnt all that great.
I tried Crashplan, but it doesnt even seem to have an online file viewer, or mount system so you can mouth the spoace a drive, and such, so that ones out.
mozy is too much money.
I then thought about using amazon's new cloud drive. extra space isnt too expensive. but they dont encrypt any data. and im gonna be backing up some personal file, i could encrypt them before i uplaod, but that'd ruin the entire online viewer thing. I know Amazon does encrypt files from hackers, but theere is one one key and they seem to keep it, so its not original.
I'm not going to be uploading anything illegal, but i know with services like dropbox, they say that if court or police ask them for your files, they will give them to them, and they use amazon's storage.
So i wasnt happy when any of these choices. then i found Google docs, which lets you upload any file nd back up your data to them.
You can buy 200gb of space for like $50 a year, which is pretty good.
I also found a solution to online backup, and mirroring folders, and files with it, which is http://www.gladinet.com/
With that program you can mount the google docs space as a drive on windows, and also do mirror automatic backups, and folder watching, and what not, which is perfect. It also works with amazon's cloud drive, but the space there is more expensive.
i know you can buy space for googles picasa web albums, which would be perfect for me since i use picasa desktop client as my photo manager, BUT, web albums will not accept png files, which most of my pictures are in. It'll convert them to jpeg, and loose quality, which i don't want. I want my original pictures, unaltered at original quality/resolution, etc.
So i plan on buying 200gb of google storage, and using google docs to as my online backup, with the gladinet desktop client (which is only $49) to do all of my file mirroring, and automatic folder watching and back up.
So i think i have my entire solution. Has anyone attempted this, and ifs o what ere your results?