actual user feedback that we found on Carbonite.
"Carbonite: Actually I love this thing. My main backup mode is full system images, with one copy in a safe deposit box refreshed/rotated every month or two, but having
Carbonite means I don't have to worry much on a day to day basis about losing anything. If I had a tragedy, I could restore most from the offsite backup then get the very latest few files from Carbonite.
But also, I can access any file backed
up via my Droid. That's priceless for
showing off photos, grabbing frequent
traveler numbers I forgot, and all sorts
of other uses. The mobile app makes it
worth the money ..."
"I signed up for Carbonite 2+ years ago when we got a new desktop and used it to transfer files to the new PC and it worked well, although it did take a few days for it to finish, but it does its thing in the background so we could still use the new PC while data was downloading. I really like it and it has worked flawlessy so far, backing up all new or changed files every night, although we have not had to restore anything yet (knock on wood). Great use of $59 per year I'd say."
"I signed up for Carbonite a few weeks ago. I liked that it was unlimited, because just my pics were at the limit of some of the others standard backup. It did take quite a long time to back up, about 2 weeks, but it's been good since then. Seems easy enough. Only thing I didn't like was I had to pay for a year at a time."
"... Carbonite is
(a) good off-site secure backup and at that price it's cheaper than all the discs, drive, or whatever else."
"I've used Carbonite for several years. I run an RV dealer website, Facebook page and have too many of my own images. The latter are saved up to 4 times in several formats.
Carbonite backs them up without any problem ...
It is very useful when upgrading to a new computer. I'm on my 3rd laptop with Carbonite. After loading all my programs manually (MS Office, etc.) I install Carbonite and tell it to restore on my new computer (while I'm sleeping).
They recently introduced an upgrade that backs up your programs as well."
» RVDigitalBoy, uglyhedgehog.com forum
"I have Carbonite backing up about 200 gig of my files. I store both raw and jpg image files on Carbonite. I can access any file from any computer in the world
Which Carbonite Plan Is
Right For You: Business or Home?
"Hopefully you’ll never need a backup but operating a small business without a backup is a mistake. The smaller the business, the less you can afford to loose. Being able to restore will get you through mistakes with files, system crashes, virus infections, and theft. I recommend Carbonite. It’s inexpensive and works with very little effort on your part."
"I use carbonite for one reason. I do a lot of footage and the files are gigantic. I pay 54 bucks a year unlimited. I drive would cost me 700 a year for only a TB. I need Minimum of 2.5 TB. Carbonite is slow. It took about 2 1/2 months to backup . my machine was one 24/7 But now it's no problem."
"I've used Carbonite for several years and very happy with it. It costs about 55 or 69 dollars a year for one computer but then you get unlimited storage. I started when I had just under a terabyte of data (pictures) and now I don't have a clue how much I have in Carbonite, way more then a terabyte. Your first back up will take a while, a loooong while, mine took thirty six hours but after that it's all automatic and you don't even know it's backing things up. I have no trouble getting my pictures back. I keep them in specifically named folders."
» tramsey, uglyhedgehog.com forum
"After my hard drive failure, I subscribed to Carbonite.
I lost the hard drive 6 years ago, and
since then I have backed up over 90 gigs
in files, most of which are images.
Having the peace of mind knowing my
files are safe is priceless."
» joseph, jafdatagraphics.com
"I use Carbonite and have had no issues. It saved my bacon once big time
... I use it and love it but I also keep local backups, one in my house and one n my detached garage. The chances of both buildings burning down would be remote. So, with Carbonite and the local external hd backups I am about as secure as I can be, I think."
» gmcase, uglyhedgehog.com
"I second Carbonite as a backup service. I used them to locate some missing files once and I like that I can also log on via the web and a password and access the files online from my laptop."
"For pure backup I use Carbonite, and the $55 a year is little to pay for peace of mind. I guess I'd like to see the service double as a cloud check in and checkout service for files for when I'm on a different machine. My guess is they are working on that somewhere, just waiting for the technology and business needs to crash into each other."
"... Data (especially our photos) are becoming more and more valuable to us all. We all need a local backup, like a USB hard drive, for when the primary hard drive fails and we also need cloud backup, like Carbonite, for when the house burns down or a burgelar helps himself. I've used Carbonite for years and highly recommend it!"
» BobG, uglyhedgehog.com
"I use Carbonite as a cloud-based backup for my laptop. I’ve been having some issues these past couple of weeks as I migrated to a new laptop and transferred my
license. I’ve had to make two
customer-support calls and, shortly
after the second one last week, I
received an email asking me to take a
few moments to complete a short survey
about my experience ...This vendor exhibited every behaviour of a relentlessly customer-centric organization. Its website offered me several different ways to interact with customer support and the most expensive (for Carbonite)
way, telephone support, was easily
found. Carbonite’s telephone support was swift and skillful. And the final evidence that this company genuinely values customer satisfaction was the immediate and low-friction feedback survey."
"I am the most paranoid person in the world. I pay for Carbonite and I have Norton's backing up my files and a manual backup on a TB external drive AND I have all my photos and music on my giant iPod
"Been using Carbonite for my office laptop for over a year now. It takes time to do the initial back-up, but after that it seems to work fine and best part, it works behind the scenes so you really don't have to do anything."
With everything going digital nowadays, it's so
convenient to store all of these digital files in computer. From pictures of our family,
music, videos, and other vital family documents,
we find ourselves with a computer packed with
priceless and irreplaceable files.
those who do, they usually backup their computer with an
external hard drive. But did you know that that
external hard drive may not be enough?
... However, when his house was hit with a flood that caused significant damages to his home and property, his
computer and the external drive backup were not spared and were damaged permanently.
learned the hard way that this is not enough. He
regularly backed up his computer with an external hard drive.
However, when his house was hit with a flood
that caused significant damages to his home and
property, both his computer and the external drive
backup were not spared and were damaged
An external hard drive is no longer enough. To
make sure that all your digital files are stored
in a safe place, we highly recommend using a
remote location backup service, in particular,
Which Carbonite Plan Is
Right For You: Business or Home?
Carbonite is an easy and secure remote backup
Carbonite is what we would term a
brainless way to backup your computer. It's easy
Carbonite provides you
unlimited remote storage/backup capacity, a
feature not even its closest market competitors
offer. This means no confusing tiered-pricing
schemes and no surprise add-on charges for
you if you need additional storage space. Just
one-price and unlimited storage capacity. That
simple ... just the way we like it.
Play the video above to get an overview of what
Carbonite is all about.
Once it is installed on your computer, it pretty much is a
set-and-forget system cause it will take care of backing up
your computer without you really having to do anything else.
Of course, you can tweak and customize its settings if you
want but generally, keeping the default settings pretty much
takes care of the whole backup process.
One of the major reasons we also like
Carbonite is its
unlimited backup feature for a fixed annual price. You can backup unlimited amounts of memorable photos,
precious family videos, your favorite music, other personal
files, and whatever you have on your computer without having to
fret about whether you need to buy additional storage space
in the future. No guessing required on your end.
fixed price gives you unlimited storage backup. We just love
the simplicity of their pricing. Not even Carbonite's closest market competitors offer
unlimited backup for a fixed annual price ... they will ask
you to pay additional storage fees if you go beyond your
Depending also on your needs, Carbonite now offers
three unlimited backup plans — Home, HomePlus, and HomePremier.
The Home plan is a great plan to have if you just need to
backup your computer. Now if you need to backup your
an external hard drive, then you will need the HomePlus plan.
The HomePlus plan also includes a mirror image backup, which
backs up your operating system and software programs, as well as your files and folders, to an external hard drive.
We think this feature is very handy in case you need to have
the same exact setup for your computer in the event your hard
drive crashes and you want to recover your exact same set-up
prior to the crash.
Plan includes a courier recovery service in
the event that you need to restore your computer and its
content faster than usual. This is recommended for the power
user in case you have hundreds of gigabytes of files to
recover. Recovering and restoring a computer to its original
state will take quite a while through your broadband
connection. Having Carbonite express send your backup to you
via a courier service will certainly speed up your recovery
process. If you would like to see a summary of these three plans
with a side by side comparison of their prices and key features,
So keep your computer files in a safe and secure
remote location now with
and have the peace of mind
that in the event that something happens to your
home, you have your valuable digital
files safely stored in a remote and secure
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what PTPA is, PTPA is North America's largest
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40,000 parents actively participating in
evaluating various products and services in
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PS2. If you are still unsure about using Carbonite, we
highly recommend that you
give it a
15-day FREE trial. This is a great way to
find out for yourself how Carbonite works and
how easy it is to use. The
trial offer does not require any credit card
information at all, so take advantage of the
free trial with no strings attached.