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Xdrive – Free and Easy Automated Online Backup

I know that NO ONE wants to back up their data. If anyone has to remember to do it and it is harder than brainless, people just are not going to do it. I know this and even I don’t back up my data like I should. I will usually keep a copy of important documents saved onto my portable usb flash drive and maybe also on a second computer, but I definitely do NOT keep those files backed up and updated regularly. I also don’t really want to pay much money to backup my data (I know I’m cheap but it has served me well thus far).

After a bit of searching I found Xdrive. It used to be a tiny company… until AOL bought them. Xdrive offers 5 gigs of free automated online storage. Let me repeat that, in case you thought you read that wrong. You can get, for FREE, 5 gigabytes of online storage! That’s more space then most people buy when they get usb flash drives! To sign up, you can use your AIM screen name, AOL email account or if you don’t have either of these already, you can just sign up for a free AOL Mail or AOL Instant Message account. At this very moment, I’m uploading almost 800 megabytes of data to start out. If you need more than 5 gigs of storage though, maybe for a large music collection or even a modest video collection (maybe you want to back up all those movies or tv shows on that iPod), this is probably not the service for you. You can upgrade to their paid service: 50 gigs of storage for a little under $10 per month.

Instead of doing that though, I’d recommend using one of the more flexible online backup services. Carbonite (unlimited storage space for less than $50 per year, less than $90 total when you sign up for two years), Mozy (another unlimited storage service, for less than $5 per month for each computer you want to back up, less than $105 per computer if you sign up for 2 years), Amazon’s S3 (more of an a la carte service, charging per month for storage and upload/download transfer rates) or Jungle Disk (which is based on Amazon S3, but also offers some extra services of their own).

Thanks to Xdrive for the above pic. This article was inspired by Leo Laporte. He is constantly promoting the idea of regularly backing up your data on the many shows on his TWIT Podcast Network.

Enjoy

Dany

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February 13, 2008 12:53 am - Posted by | movies, music, podcasts, software, technology, tv

6 Comments »

  1. Dany,

    Thanks for the great write-up. I think you and your readers would be interested to know that we have some new user interfaces coming to market in the very near future. These new products will make it even easier for users to upload and back up their data. Later this month, we will be launching our new application, called Xdrive Desktop Lite, that will use Adobe’s new AIR runtime environment, allowing simple drag and drop of files directly from your local computer directly into your Xdrive account. Stay tuned over the coming months for other new product introductions and updates to our service!

    Sincerely,
    The Xdrive Team

    Comment by Xdrive Product Team | February 13, 2008 2:26 am

  2. For all online backup and storage related info, I recommend this website:

    http://www.BackupReview.info

    Comment by Mimi | February 13, 2008 3:16 am

  3. Why is that XDrive never made it to the top 25 online backup companies at this review site:

    http://www.BackupReview.info

    Comment by Peter | February 13, 2008 3:17 am

  4. Ha ha about Leo Dany, I was just thinking while reading this that the were talking about this same stuff on TWiT last ep, but you have to give pat the credit for mozy and carbonite as he had just done that on TEKZILLA and Jungle Drive was mentioned by John! lol :).

    Comment by Avalonsgirl | February 13, 2008 12:04 pm

  5. I used Xdrive years ago in grad school until they started charging for it. It is good to hear it is free again.

    Comment by TheDeeZone | February 14, 2008 11:45 am

  6. I personally recommend using Mozy because they’ve been around for a long time. It won’t help to have your files backed up on a server that the company sells off when they go bankrupt. (Not to say that AOL isn’t a company on solid financial footing these days.)

    Comment by Online Backup | February 15, 2008 5:32 pm


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