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  • Online Backups
    Date: April 03, 2012     Views:7553
  • With the recent Surge in Online backup companies, I thought I would give you a little advice on the subject and some tips on how to make recovery easier.

    To start with I will be using Carbonite.

    Carbonite ( and Other online backups )


    While these seem like a good idea at first, there are some problems with these types of backups.

    • Most of these require software to be installed on your computer that constantly monitors every change made to files on your computer.
    • This has a tendenciy to slow down computers. Very noticably on older machines.
    • Only the files and folders you specify will be backup up.
      • You can choose your whole profile ( c:usersusername )
      • But this will backup every temporary file as well causing huge amounts of data going to and from your network connection. Causing more slowdowns.
      • This also will only backup the folders you choose. If you select my documents, pictures, music, videos and downloads, this will get 90% of the documents you create, but it WILL NOT get your outlook emails or outlook express emails or other specific programs that create seperate directory structures outside of your documents folder.
      • This will also not backup any installed programs. MSOFFICE, Word Perfect, Photoshop, or your office specific software.

    If you are working on a fast fairly new computer, that you only save word and excel documents to, this might be a good solution. An Office enviroment on the other hand IMHO is not a good venue for this type of backup.

    In a small or medium size office you usually have a server to centralize your data and access permissions. Having all data stored on a central server is usually the best solution in this type of environment. As long as the server is backup up to either a removeable drive or a tape archive system.

    If you are considering a new backup strategy, give us a call. we will be able to find you the best solution for any type of business need, in upgrading, replacing or completely revisiting your office backup strategy.

    Call or email us today for more information.