I have some hardware changes I am planning during the next year. These changes always create the chance of losing my PC’s data and I have decided I need to have some external backups. I use Apple TimeMachine and have a local back up of everything that is on my MacBook Pro.
However, if I had my MacBook Pro stolen or if it failed, then I am down to my TimeMachine backup. Since it is a local device, it could be stolen too, so I have been looking at offsite backup systems.
The odds of both the external TimeMachine backup and my MacBook going out at the same time are small, but always possible,
Quite a while back, I tried iDrive and didn’t like it. When I had tried iDrive, it had completely hogged all of my bandwidth and my PC was completely unusable.
I have been watching a lot of TWiT and one of their sponsors is Carbonite.
I took the TWiT recommendation and installed Carbonite. It runs $5/month for a single PC and it took much less resources than my previous iDrive experience.
The first thing I tested was its affect on my Internet speed. It had negligible effect.
While it was not consuming much bandwidth on my Internet, it also was not backing up very fast.
I have moved to Google photos from Apple Photos, so all of my photos are backed up by Google for free. Photos make up most of the space I use on my PC.
When I looked at my document area on my PC, it is only about 6 GB. Since I am using Google for Photos, I have all of my photos backed up on an external source as well as TimeMachine. I decided to use Google Drive to backup all of the rest of my data. Google Drive gives 15GB of space free, so that is plenty of space to backup everything I have.
I stopped Carbonite and backed up all of my laptop files in less than one day. I restarted the Carbonite backup and it ran for several days.
The Google Drive is really just off site storage, and will not keep all files on my laptop and the Google Drive in sync. Still it is another backup of my data and I can manually insure that I have my data in sync in both locations.
After futzing with Carbonite for several days, I decided to forget it and removed it from my system. I decided may it was something to do with being in Panama, something to do with Cable Onda, something strange about my MacBook Pro or something I don’t know about and I removed Carbonite from my system.
Then out of the blue, I got another $15 iDrive promotion. $15 for a year is the same as what I was offered in 2014, but I thought maybe something has changed. I have gotten the cryptical stuff backed up to Google Drive, so why not try iDrive again.
This time, it is working better for me. I decided to take it a step at a time and am selecting specific portions to back up s opposed to saying back up everything. The documents area backed up like Google did and now I am on the photos area. They will take some time, but since I have some reasonable backups, I am going to stick with iDrive.