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!