Studies show that a system where a hard drive has failed once, has a 30% chance of failing again, the chance is even higher if two drives have failed in the same system, kind of like a domino effect of failing HDDs.
But, it’s not just HDD failure households need to worry about, there’s also the ever present threat of:
In 2015 alone, over 300 million new threats were detected, these threats attacked systems, crashing them, and anyone who’s used a Windows system knows — there is seldom any warning when your computer is going to crash.
Before We Get Started
Before we dive into checking out the best online backups for homes, let’s first take a look at how exactly this article is structured.
What we’re providing here is an overlook at each of the five services, a few words about why we liked them, and a list of pros and cons to round everything up.
We highly recommend you click the “Read review” button under every summary, for a full in-depth analysis of each service.
With that disclaimer out of the way, onwards we march!
Backblaze has almost everything a home user could want, personalized encryption, no file limitations and it’s very affordable. Making it our top choice for basic or advanced home users.
Carbonite is an excellent option for selective file restoration and retention, it’s also got a decent 30-day file versioning limit, plus the service is easy to use. What more could one ask for? Let’s find out.
If you’ve got more than 1TB of information that can’t be deleted, due to either legal or personal reasons, Zoolz is the right platform for you. The service is an archiving platform designed to provide long term storage for redundant files.
Zoolz is a cold storage service, which means the company provides long term storage solutions for large amounts of rarely used or accessed files.
As a result, data retrieval can take several hours, as the files “defrost” and become available, Zoolz is essentially an elephant graveyard for digital data.
It’s still a great archiving option for families or roommates, because the Family plan allows up to five PCs to be backed up at once.
But Zoolz isn’t about cold storage all the time, for an additional cost, home users can buy quick access cloud storage. Which works like any normal cloud storage service, providing essentially instant access to files and folders.
The Basic plan comes with 100GB of storage space, but does not include external hard drive backup, however, higher space plans do have the option to cold store data from an external hard drive.
Why We Like it
Zoolz is a “no limitations” backup service, with the exception of how much overall storage size is available.
As long as your account has space, files can be dumped into it.
The 15-day free trial comes with 50GB of space and all of the paid version’s features.