File Size Limit

This is another article in our series about online backup features. If you have missed an article, you can review it here:

One of the most important things when it comes to online backup is that not all of the files you select for backup are actually backed up and transferred to the service provider. It would be a horrible experience to find out after a hard drive failure that some crucial data was not backed up. 

This can happen if the online backup service restricts some file types, like movies or application data, or if it has a file size limit. If a provider of your choice has a file size limit, make sure that your files do not exceed this limit. Otherwise, the software would just ignore those files and not back them up.

Avoid services with a file size restriction, or make sure you do not have files that exceed the limit Fortunately, though, many of the leading providers, like Backblaze, Carbonite, SOS Online Backup and Jottacloud have completely removed their file size limits to make sure that you can upload files of any size.

If you want to know which services still have a file size limit, you might want to review our comparison chart and compare up to five providers side by side. You can then scroll to the File Size Limit row and check each provider. But photo libraries can also get very large. As digital cameras get better and better, offering more pixels per inch, file sizes increase too.

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What are the key takeaways in today’s article? First, make sure you are aware of your provider’s limits. find out what your maximum file size is, then assess if you really need a provider with unlimited file size support.

Consider backing up large files locally, on an external hard drive or NAS and choose an online backup service is always easier when you know what kind of files you have to back up and how much your storage needs are going to be.

What is the largest file size on your computer? How do you back that file up? We’d love to hear your feedback and comments!

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