5 Free Services to Backup Your Data Online

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Broadband Internet connections give users the power to do more than anyone ever thought possible when it comes to computer use. Online backups keep your data safe and encrypted online so you always have a recent copy of your information no matter where you are. You do not even need to spend money in order to backup online. Here are 5 free services to backup your data online that will keep your data safe without putting your wallet at risk.

 

 

1. iDrive (Windows, Mac OS X) -

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The free iDrive service only backs up 2 GB of data, but for many users, that is enough to make the difference between a minor hiccup and a disaster. After installing a small program that runs in the background on your computer, you only need to click twice and your data will start uploading. Besides the free iDrive solution, other plans are available that begin at $4.95 per month for 150 GB of backup storage space.

2. Dropbox (Windows, Mac OS X, Mobile) -

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Backs up your data by placing a folder on your desktop. Everything you put into that folder will be synchronized with your online storage at Dropbox.com. As with iDrive, the free solution offers 2 GB of storage, so if you need more space you will have to pay. Packages start at $9.99 for a 50 GB plan.

3. FBackup (Windows) -

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Windows 7, Vista, XP, and Windows Server users have a great option when it comes to the totally free FBackup plan. This small program will automatically backup your data to a network location or to a USB flash drive or external hard drive. You can schedule your backups or have them run manually whenever you want them to. With FBackup, you can even program multiple storage locations, so you can have one copy online and another on a disk. FBackup is great for backing up files, even if they are open at the time, but is not recommended as a tool for a complete system backup.

4. Allway Sync (Windows) -

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Another online backup tool that is free for personal use. This service will sync to external storage devices, other computes, and even the Internet to make sure your important files are always backed up. If you do not have a source for online storage, you can even purchase storage plans from the Allway Sync website. Otherwise you can use space you have on a Web server, FTP server, as well as recordable optic media and USB devices.

5. Mozy Free (Windows, Mac OS X) -

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Online backup is rarely as easy as it is with Mozy. Although you will need to pay for the service to backup your entire computer, Mozy has a free service that backs up 2 GB online. This is enough to give the service a try or to hold most of your important documents, so give it a try. Mozy has one of the best deals around for paid online storage: unlimited storage for just $4.95 per month.

Give each of these 5 free services to backup your data online a try. Whether you stick with the free online storage options listed here or decide to pay for more space, one thing is certain: the ability to backup files online will save you time and money in the event you accidentally delete files or if your hard drive fails.

About the Author:

James Adams is a blogger who has had the misfortune of losing his work several times. Currently he works as a blogger and analyst at a leading ink cartridge store where he covers on news in the tech industry, analyses hardware such as the CLT-K4092S and writes blog posts about design and marketing in the media for their blog.
  • Rudd Larson

    Good job James. Must try these services.

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  • Laura

    Nice post but i think i now hate Mozy because they have increased their prices and it is really a big shift.I opt for Safecopy backup because it works better since i switched from Mozy to Safecopy.Now i have nothing to worry about.

  • Boris Mehling

    I tried some online-backup-services, like Mozy, Carbonite and Dropbox. All of them are very good and helpful. Because of the price and a good press review I now use Updatestar Online Backup. Updatestar Online Backup offers unlimited storrage space for a small price I think that Updatestar Online Backup and the other two services are missing in the above list and must be completed urgently.

  • James Adams

    I haven’t tried any of these services. Isn’t it risky to save your data online.

  • Vince

    It is not risky at all using online backup services.Because they really keep data secure and more to that save time as well.I love Mozy,Backblaze,SugarSync,Dropbox and Safecopy.These backup services all have trial versions and they also differ in prices and the trial periods as well.

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      We are also using Dropbox and Safecopy, these are proving to be time saving and effective online backup services for us.

  • http://www.brettwidmann.com Brett Widmann

    I always back up my data many times! These look like great ways to do it in another place!

  • Racheal

    Online backup services are the best online backup services for my files.Thanks for the information.

  • Brad

    Good job indeed.I have just realized that SafeCopy plus Dropbox give me a great backup and Sync.Wow some one should try using the two.Oh the work together quite well.

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    Mac OS is really a popular Online backup server,You really have a cool article.That is awesome.