Ok after a recent hard drive crash scare, I'm ready to finally bite the bullet and pay for an online backup service.
I do feel quite good about my local backup policies, but I am very poorly protected if there was ever a fire or home robbery, and I feel like it's time for me to address that.
The choices for online backup services are a bit overwhelming -- so let me try to be a bit specific about what I'm looking for.
Price: It's going to have to be under $100 a year.
Capacity: I'd probably only use this for my coding and document backup, not backing up entire pc images (though that would be nice). So a 100-500 gb maybe.
Use: My plan is to use this as the final emergency safety in case of fire or theft. That is, it is very unlikely i will ever have to restore from these backups. I have my own local backup process that backs up my files regularly to separate hard drives, and versioned backups of my documents -- so i will only need to get data from my online backup if there is a truly catastrophic disaster. In an ideal world i'd also be able to upload a couple of large 100gb full drive backup image files in addition to my documents, but if i can't do that i can live with that.
What I care about:
I like to have complete control over what is being backed up, when, where, etc. I don't want some opaque thing meant for people who don't want to know details. I want to be able to see exactly what it is doing and when, and have control over it. I want to be able to see what's been backed up, how much space i have, etc. I want flexibility in choosing which folders and file EXTENSIONS are backed up or ignored, and what the schedule is. BUT at the same time, I do not want to have to select every individual file that i want backed up one at a time.
What I don't need:
I don't really need mobile access or synchronization features -- i know that's something that many services are offering lately. I won't be using this to access files or move them around. I don't mind having these features -- i just don't need them.
What I've looked at:
I've only begun to look around at services. Carbonite seems attractive to me. I don't really need the "unlimited" space, but it wouldn't hurt. From what i read though, it doesn't seem like it's super nice in terms of allowing you to control stuff, like which file types get backed up -- or to see and control things at a finegrained level of detail.
Acronis Online Backup actually looks surprisingly good to me. From the screencasts I am impressed with the level of control and transparency. I've had pretty good experience with Acronis, so that's another plus -- though i'm a bit skeptical of their tendencies to bloatware. Its $50 a year for 250gb, which is in my pricerange. It does look like going beyond 250gb is not an option, which is not great.
There are a ton more of these services (mozy, sugarsync, etc.) that i haven't looked into yet.
I have no idea how the cpu/resource use of these things compare.
So.. anyone gone through the process of evaluating these services have any recommendations?