11 Terrific Cloud Backup Solutions for Your PC

Backing up files is the smartest thing a computer owner can do. Storing them in the cloud means less investment upfront and unlimited storage that can be accessed from any place. Thanks to the intense competition among the cloud backup services, you can get unlimited storage for just a few bucks.

But, it isn’t like cloud backup services are the silver bullet. Some tend to revise their pricing plans, throttle upload bandwidth and so on. Still, given that the domain is in its infancy, things should improve over time. Follow me after the fold to check out some of the coolest cloud backup solutions available.

Mozy

Mozy

Mozy

One among the prominent market leaders in the cloud backup arena, Mozy offers reliable backup solutions for home and enterprise use. While the plans for home users are capped at 125 GB (additional storage comes with a price), Enterprise customers get virtually unlimited storage. The service supports even legacy operating systems like Windows 2000. There is a plan for those planning to backup their severs too.

Pricing : From $5.99
Free Storage : 2 GB
Unlimited Storage : No
Mobile Apps Available? : Yes

CrashPlan

CrashPlan

CrashPlan

CrashPlan offers realtime backup to your home and office computers irrespective of the operating system it’s running. The free version of the service doesn’t offer any online storage space, but it helps you backup the data across multiple destinations offsite. If you are a home user, you will have to make sure that you check out the plan comparison chart before paying up. Except for the top tier plan, other plans can only backup one PC.

Pricing : From $1.50
Free Storage : Not Available
Unlimited Storage : No
Mobile Apps Available? : Yes

Dropbox

Dropbox

Dropbox

I don’t think Dropbox needs an introduction. The service is probably the gateway drug for users to realize how cool, helpful and awesome the cloud can be. While not a cloud backup app per se, Dropbox does come in handy for backing up files that we use the most. Teams can get terabytes of storage while individual users are limited to 100 GB of storage space.

Pricing : From $9.99
Free Storage : 2 GB
Unlimited Storage : No
Mobile Apps Available? : Yes

IBackup

IBackup

IBackup

Though a bit on the pricier side of the aisle, IBackup shoots for both personal and Enterprise users. The service meets several Federal and State compliance, making it easy for you to make up the mind. IBackup is currently offering promotion plans that bump your plan’s normal disk quota by five times. Unfortunately, the service doesn’t offer any free storage space.

Pricing : From $9.99
Free Storage : No, only a free trial.
Unlimited Storage : No
Mobile Apps Available? : Yes

SugarSync

SugarSync

SugarSync

To put it succinctly, SugarSync is a Dropbox clone. The service assists you sync, backup and share files anytime, anywhere. SugarSync’s pricing and storage space are affordable and plenty when compared to Dropbox.

Pricing : From $4.99
Free Storage : 5 GB
Unlimited Storage : No
Mobile Apps Available? : Yes

IDrive

IDrive

IDrive

In addition to backing up your files and help you manage them, IDrive assists you to create multiple accounts and let other people manage the files too. The service retains and allows you to restore the last 30 versions of all files backed up to your account. And these versions are stored for free and do not add up to your storage quota. In the event of a computer crash, you can order for a portable hard drive for quick retrieval of data.

Pricing : From $4.99
Free Storage : 5 GB
Unlimited Storage : No
Mobile Apps Available? : Yes

Carbonite

Carbonite

Carbonite

Carbonite comes with three different plans and all plans come with unlimited storage space. To backup data from external hard drives, to create a mirror image of your hard disk (complete with operating system and programs installed) and to get the backup disks couriered to you, you will have to pay up. Surprisingly, the service has no monthly subscription plans, only annual ones.

Pricing : From $59 (per year)
Free Storage : No, only a free trial.
Unlimited Storage : Yes
Mobile Apps Available? : Yes

Backblaze

Backblaze

Backblaze

I am not a Backblaze customer (I backup to my own webserver), but if I were to choose one provider from this list, I will go with them. Their service is probably top notch like other market leaders in this domain, but what I love about them is the open source hardware specs they publish. The recent 2.0 version ensures that you can back files of any format and size.

Pricing : From $5 a month.
Free Storage : No, only a free trial.
Unlimited Storage : No
Mobile Apps Available? : Yes

LiveDrive

LiveDrive

LiveDrive

LiveDrive claims to be the number 1 in both US and Europe. It lets you backup your computer, sync files across your computers, access your files from the web and more. If you are looking for a service to help you backup and sync all your computers in one go, LiveDrive seems to have the affordable plan among the lot.

Pricing : From $7.95 a month.
Free Storage : No, only a free trial.
Unlimited Storage : No
Mobile Apps Available? : Yes

SpiderOak

SpiderOak

SpiderOak

SpiderOak offers a different approach to online backup by combining a suite of services into one consolidated tool – free online backup, synchronization, sharing, remote access and storage. You can add more storage space to your account if your exceed the limit, but they come in increments of 100 GB.

Pricing : From $10 a month.
Free Storage : 2 GB
Unlimited Storage : No
Mobile Apps Available? : Yes

JungleDisk

JungleDisk

JungleDisk

From the house of the famous hosting provider Rackspace comes JungleDisk. Unlike its competitors, JungleDisk lets you choose where your files are stored – Amazon Web Services or Rackspace. The service provides a user interface for you to use only the storage space you need and pay for only the storage space you use. With the help of their amazing de-duplication technology you can prevent backing up the same data twice, keeping your monthly bills to a minimum.

Pricing : From $2 a month (plus storage fees).
Free Storage : Not Available.
Unlimited Storage : Yes
Mobile Apps Available? : No

What is your backup protocol? Are there any solutions that I’m missing or do you have a preference for a specific solution in the list above? Let us know in the comments below and thank you so much for reading!


  • http://www.onlinebackupdeals.com/ John @ OnlineBackupDeals.com

    Wow great round up of some of the major players in online backup and storage. The only one that I would suggest you might want to look at it SOS Online Backup. They recently just added a Mac app and Facebook backup. Perhaps the only online backup service that also has a social media backup as well.

  • Ryan

    According to Backblaze’s website their plan is unlimited.

  • aeonx

    WWW:BOX.COM 5Gb storage

    • http://kitplehanov.com kit_plehanov

      As far as I know, if you register an account on iOS device(iPhone, iPad or Mac), give a 50GB. You can ask your friends with these devices to do this if you have not given one.

    • Martin

      I wouldn’t say Box.com is a complete backup solution. It provides cloud storage with file sharing but it doesn’t synchronise your data. You can get around this by mapping a network drive to Box.com and then running some third party sync software. With the 50GB (iPhone) option, it does provide a free alternative for most people.

  • aeonx

    Oh! theres SkyDrive from hotmail. 25 GB free.

  • http://kitplehanov.com kit_plehanov

    Hey! You seem to have forgotten about minus.com (10GB). It is also a very convenient client as Dropbox.

  • http://www.facebook.com/florin.gorgan.photography Florin Gorgan

    I use the free account from Dropbox. I’ve used SkyDrive before, but I haven’t found a proper Windows client for it.

  • http://www.cloudberrylab.com/ Girlincloud

    There is another option to backup data to cloud storage powered by Amazon S3. Check out CloudBerry Backup http://www.cloudberrylab.com/amazon-s3-microsoft-azure-google-storage-online-backup.aspx It is onetime fee and the rest what you pay for Amazon S3. Besides, there is no proprietary data format and you can access your data using other Amazon s3 tools. It supports all AWS regions, Reduced Redundancy Storage and access to cloud storage using the virtual drive.

    Girlincloud,
    CloudBerry Lab team

  • TomasF

    How does this “unlimited” rating work? Crashplan offers unlimited online backup for 2 of their 3 commercial options, yet you rank “unlimited” as no?

    • Martin

      Yes, I use Crashplan and currently have 136GB backed up. It seemed to offer the best all round solution for a reasonable price.

  • geekybowler

    I’ve been using SafeCopy for a few years and it works great. It’s only $50 a year for 200GB or $70 a year for 300GB and you can backup more than one computer. Just checked their website and you can use promo code “dropbox” to save 10%.

  • http://wolf-gordon.com Rob

    In the article you state the Sugarsync is a Dropbox clone. In fact it is not a clone and is quite superior to Dropbox if you need to retain and sync your files in their original location. I use Excel extensively and because I have many linked files it would be impossible for me to move everything to the dropbox folder. SugarSync lets me keep my files right where that are. It is an excellent backup and syncing solution and has revolutionized our ability in our company to work offsite.

  • http://www.chitrangana.com eCommerce Consultnat

    Great… it is one stop information for backup . I found the information very useful for my web site http://www.chitrangana.com . thank you.

  • Tante Vazquez

    Personally our company uses CloudZow and I use it at home. Here is the link we used after talking to the guy. Free 15 day free trial and no credit card needed to try it. Galasso.CloudZow.com

  • Carlos

    What about memeo online backup? http://www.memeo.com
    Try it and give feedback.

  • Mel

    Sugarsync is NOT a DropBox clone. Dropbox you have to put everything in your DropBox folder. SugarSync allows you to leave the folders wehere they are at and just select them to be part of the auto-syncing that goes on. BIG difference, IMO.

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