Now that you know the difference between cloud storage and online backup, let’s take a moment to learn the simple basics of how exactly online backup works.

The Online Backup Process

The process is really quite simple, and most if not all service providers making the process painless and simple. It begins with signing up and paying for which ever online backup service you want, if you’re not sure which one best suits your needs — feel free to use our website’s search feature to figure out which is the best online backup company for you.

Once you’ve signed up with and paid the selected online backup company, simply download the selected company’s software to your computer, run it and the software will prompt you to select which files or hard drives you want backed up. 

Backing up means your files are being transferred to the company’s servers – so a copy of your files will be available for download from the Internet. 

The initial uploading process will take some time, depending on the file sizes and Internet speeds you have available. Once the initial upload is finished, it is pretty much smooth sailing from there. Any changes made to the backed up files will be saved almost instantly by the backup service, as will any additional files.


Please remember that files can be backed up selectively or in one go, so remember to backup in the manner most convenient for you.

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