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    Mozy vs. IDrive - Can anyone give me some insight

    First, let me admit that I'm cheap

    I've been using Mozy Home for a number of years now because they offer 2 GB of storage for free and I've never had a problem with Mozy backing up or restoring important files. However, I seem to be running into the 2 GB limit more and more despite the fact that I've removed quite a large number of files from my backup set. I ran into an article today that suggested that iDrive might be an alternative to Mozy Home as it offers 5 GB of free storage vs. Mozy's 2 GB of free storage. I was wondering if there is anyone out there that has used both Cloud storage options that can give me any pro's or con's regarding iDrive over Mozy.

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    Hi Moondoggy,

    First, I have to admit I can't answer your question...sorry. I did want to let you know, however, that I have the exact same issue as you: want to avoid cost of Mozy.

    I upgraded a couple of years ago to get more storage (like you I kept coming up against the 2 GB limit and found trying to reduce file size too time consuming). I now pay around $70/year for Mozy Home, paid storage. It works great, as did the free version, but I want to minimize costs.

    Have you yet found a better solution? If I do in my current search, I'll post back.

    Good luck,

    Linda

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    I believe an important consideration is, how long will the company be around. If they are likely to go out of business next week, then I wouldn't bother with them. However, if they will be around for years to come, then I would give them strong consideration.

    Both of these companies advertise heavily on national radio programs; therefore, they probably have large user bases. So I don't think you have anything to worry about with either one of them.

    If you like Mozy, I would suggest that you stick with them, because you are familiar with them.

    As far as free, I don't go for free anti-virus or free online backups. I'd rather pay someone for their efforts, than have them sell my personal information in order to get paid.

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    I kept my 2 GB account with Mozy but I also decided to test drive the 5 GB free service from IDrive. Both are similar in their ease of use and functionality but that being said, I personally like Mozy better but I'm getting 3 more GB of storage with IDrive. At this point, I don't know if I'll drop one or keep both.

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    Just saw responses. Appreciate the input and understand what you mean re. paying vs. free, Mr. Jim.

    I checked Mozy and my backup is around 3 GB so I hate to pay for just one more GB. I do know that I've been puzzling over this issue a few years ago, and tried Cubby and SkyDrive (is that different from IDrive?) on Loungers' advice. Both were confusing to set up compared to Mozy, which is how I ended up biting the bullet and going for their paid version.

    Have also researched the external hard drive route. Drives seem to cost more than Mozy's $70 (although you have them for more than one year) and I suspect backing up would not be automatic, as it is with Mozy.

    Will check out IDrive to see if Moondoggy's solution could work.

    Still trying to find best path forward...will post back once I have.

    Thanks for your responses,

    Linda

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    Linda: One thing I do is visit the company's support site and check out the kinds of questions or problems people are posting. That might give you a sense of how good the product is. To mrjimpbelps post above, the viability of the company is important. Mozy is part of EMC (a company well-known to us old mainframe guys) and EMC is now part of Dell, so Mozy isn't going away. I've used it for several years myself (paid version) and while it's had its moments, it's generally stable and reliable. I think if you care enough to want to back-up your data, you don't want to do it on the cheap.

    A coworker uses a cloud product called Crashplan and swears by it.

    An external USB disk isn't a bad idea either. If you want to go that route, check out a 100% free program called "Cobian Backup". I used to use it and to me, it was commercial-grade software.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by IreneLinda View Post
    Have also researched the external hard drive route. Drives seem to cost more than Mozy's $70 (although you have them for more than one year) and I suspect backing up would not be automatic, as it is with Mozy.
    Linda: Actually, an external hard drive is an excellent solution and I highly recommend them being a part of your backup plan. In my opinion the price point on a 2 TB hard drive is now pretty low and I use mine to back up my whole hard drive with Acronis TrueImage. Acronis has saved my bacon many times as I've been able to restore my laptop's hard drive many times. In addition with Acronis you can double click on the archive and Acronis will mount the backup as a virtual hard drive where you can drag a file or folder from the archive back to your physical drive with ease. Acronis can also do scheduled, incremental backups of your whole drive as well but I don't do that as I keep my external drive off line in the event that I get infected with ransomware. This is where Mozy and IDrive come into the picture as I use them to backup my email file (i.e. Outlook.pst), my Quicken data file, and any other file that is or might be changing on a daily basis. In other words, I might backup my whole hard drive with Acronis on a monthly basis and then use Mozy and IDrive to backup the files that are changing frequently. If I needed to restore my hard drive the system would be 30 days old but after restoring the other files I need from Mozy and IDrive my system would, at most, only be 1 day or less old. Note that Acronis also does Cloud backups of your whole drive but they charge for the service which is why I gravitated toward the free storage options.

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    Maybe you should check out another*external drive and use it for File History.*
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    Thanks for your detailed response and directions, Moondoggy. I do monthly (well, mostly monthly...that's the goal and I try!) image backups using Macrium Reflect to an external hard drive used solely for that purpose.

    Like you, the Mozy backup is for files that change more often.

    Maybe you should check out another*external drive and use it for File History.*
    Not sure if this if for Moondoggy or me...or both of us??

    I think Joe means that we each could get a second hard drive and use it for current Mozy/IDrive backups. Yes?

    Still working on a solution that works and is not too tricky to set up...appreciate your input as always.

    Linda

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