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).