We haven’t even touched upon what would happen to large data files in the case of a system meltdown.
Using HDD recovery software to get back Outlook PST files, music samples or Photoshop projects is not a happy experience — nor is it a smooth or reliable one either.
It’s much easier to back them up, and when the inevitable does happen, simply retrieve them from your preferred backup provider and it’s mission accomplished!
Last, but by no stretch of the imagine least, is security.
Major services like Dropbox, iCloud and OneDrive have all been hacked or compromised, more times than they care to admit.
So, finding unlimited backup providers who also offered top notch encryption, was a top priority for us here at Cloudwards.net.
We’re glad to report we actually did manage to do just that, and every service here provides military grade security and personal encryption keys.
But, and it’s a big but, some of the providers on our list only offer Windows encryption keys — which is a bummer.
Having unlimited online backup allows us to continue working, without worrying too much about the most common worst case scenarios (if aliens destroy the planet, there’s not much backing up your files can do to save them).
However, there are some caveats to remember when it comes to backing large files.
First, it’s not going to be a quick process. Depending on your bandwidth, location and Internet speed, it can take anywhere from several days to a week (or more).
Since most ISPs skimp on uploads speed, but provide great download speed, backing up files (large ones especially) can be a time consuming task.
Thankfully, it usually a one time affair, if you’re backing up an entire computer, with incremental backups taking far less time.
To figure out how long it could take you to upload large files, here’s a handy calculator.
And finally, before diving into the article, we would like to point out that this is not a full review of each service, it’s more of a:
Basic summary of them
What we liked about them
A list of pros and cons
For full on reviews and in-depth analysis of each service, simply hit the “Read review” button, and you’ll be on your merry way to finding out a lot more about each service mentioned here.
CrashPlan leads the pack when it comes to unlimited storage. With no bandwidth limitations, unlimited file types, sizes and military grade encryption, it is easy to see why it is at the top of our countdown.
Carbonite does require users to keep files on their computers, in order for them to remain backed up.
This means, if you delete something and do not restore it within 30 days, the file will be removed from your online account as well (and hence permanently lost).
Although the initial backup can seem to take forever, subsequent backups do not take as long and last only a couple of hours. This is because only changed or new files are included in the storage account.
However, if you accidentally delete a file, it can be restored, as long as you do it within the correct time frame (30 days).
Users who do have large files, may be annoyed to find out that big files are not automatically saved.
They have to be manually added to the backup service, as the automated service does not include files over 4GB in size.
Why We Like it
Carbonite offers unlimited storage space (great for large data files) and strong security.
Not only does Carbonite use military grade security, for the transmission and storage of data, but it also allows a personal encryption keys to be set.
Of course, this option is only available on select plans and does not apply to all users.