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Carbonite Adds Remote File Access

by on Apr.24, 2009, under Uncategorized

logo_main1I’ve used Carbonite for a few years ever since having to cross my fingers that some data could be recovered from a crashed hard drive.  The weakness in their system has always been that backed up files could only be accessed from the computer they originated from.  No longer.

For those unfamiliar, Carbonite is an online backup service for Windows and OS X that has a small app that resides in your system tray and constantly monitors a user selectable group of folders for changes to files.  It comes preset to standard document folders and document types but can be customzed to backup any folder and any file type.  The program automatically uploads any modifications through an encrypted connection to Carbonite’s mothership.  It attempts to do this intelligently so as to limit upload sizes and not interfere with system performance.  The initial upload typically of a few gigabytes can take days to complete, but subsequent modifications happen very quickly. The service was originally designed purely as a backup service, thus files could be recovered only to the machine from which they came, or to a new computer to which the account had been transferred.

The new update adds remote file access from any web connected computer.  So now if a file on your backed up desktop computer is accidentally not copied to your laptop for example, you can retrieve it without having access to the originating machine.  (Side note:  If remote file access is all you’re interested in, look to Dropbox.)

Carbonite can usually be purchased for around $50 per year for unlimited backup.  I’m bumping up against 90GB so far without any complaints from them.  I have their protection on 3 separate systems and consider it money well spent.


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