Best Online Backups

By Peter Zaborszky

5 Best Online Backups In USA

Many great tech companies originate in the United States of America. Look at Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and a bunch of many other tech firms – they are American companies. Sure, there are many other great firms in other countries too, but it seems like America is at the helm of the game. Heck, even other awesome tech firms in other countries need to have a dedicated office in US.

Cloud-based backup service industry is not an exception in this either. In fact, there are more USA-based online backup, file synchronization and cloud-based data storage companies in the industry than from Europe, Australia or Asia Pacific region. It is a good news for US users, especially countless businesses in USA looking for online backup companies. Having a company and its network within same country usually mean better customer support and good data uplink speed.

But there are so many of them to choose from. So much that it can give you the paradox of choice. So in order to help you guys out with choosing the best possible online backup companies based in US, we have gathered five of them. Let’s take a look after the break.

Summary

Rank Provider Starting
Price
Review Link

1

$5/mo Read Review Visit Site

2

$4.58/mo Read Review Visit Site

3

$5/mo Read Review Visit Site

4

$2/mo Read Review Visit Site

5

$5.99/month Read Review Visit Site

Here are some more detailed views of the providers:


1. CrashPlan – $12 Per Month

CrashPlan has crowned itself #1 in this list. Again. It is a well-known fact that folks here at BestBackups love CrashPlan. What’s there to love? Let’s see – it offers awesomely advanced controls (a lot of them), loads of fine-tuning features, full control over versioning and unlimited file versioning, a client software that truly runs on pretty much all platforms (Linux, Mac & Windows), and unlimited storage for one PC at only $5 per month. How cool is that? If you are looking for multiple machine backups, then it will only cost you $12 per month with CrashPlan+ Family Unlimited plan and you will be able to backup up to 10 computers. To learn how much we love CrashPlan, head on to our full review here.

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2. Carbonite – From $59/Year

Don’t let $59 per year price tag puts you off. If you calculate it properly, $59 per year is only about $4.91 per month. Carbonite offers unlimited storage space for one computer at that price. While it may not be as low as Backblaze, you are getting outstanding service and top-notch stuffs from Carbonite, one of the best and pioneering companies in cloud-based backup industry. If you want to backup external hard drives though, then you will have to pay $99 per year and choose HomePlus plan. Carbonite has kick-ass in-software restoration options (like restoring data from an old computer to new one) but for those of you with huge amount of data might want to opt for HomePremier plan, which cost $149 per year and include courier restoration service where they will send you a hard drive with your data on it. That two plans will also let you enjoy Mirror Image Backup feature which clones your hard drive to another so that you can easily swap your existing drive with a new one. Even with all the bells & whistles, Carbonite software is amazingly easy to use. If you are looking for a company with rock solid customer service, then Carbonite is definitely yours. However, there are things we don’t like about them too. Read more in our review about Carbonite.

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3. Backblaze – From $3.96/month

Backblaze promises one simple thing – they will offer unlimited storage backup for one PC at a rock bottom price. And heck, they really live up to their promise! There is only one pricing plan, but what you pay will be lower if you sign up for one year or two years billing cycle. For monthly bill, it will cost you $5 per month. For two-years billing cycle, you will only have to pay $95 which is about $3.96 per month. The pricing is among the cheapest we have seen, but Backblaze doesn’t skimp on their service level either (read our comprehensive review here). For that price, you get unlimited storage space for all your data (not including your applications, temporary files and OS but enough for any other data you have), no limit on individual file size (now you can finally backup huge iPhoto or Lightroom database files!) and ability to backup external hard drives. If you would like to restore using the software though, it is a bit tedious as you can only download your files in ZIP. Or you can ask Backblaze to send you a USB drive or external hard drive with your data, for a fee.

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4. JungleDisk – From $2 Per Month

If you are after “pay what you use” pricing model, then JungleDisk is definitely for you. Instead charging you a flat fee for your storage space, JungleDisk will only charge you for what you use. On top of that, they will also let you choose your preferred storage provider – Amazon S3 or Rackspace. There is a $2 per month monthly fee for using JungleDisk software and it comes with 5GB free storage. Basically, JungleDisk works as a medium and awesome backup software that helps you backup your data to either Rackspace or S3, providing encryption and other necessary things. One good perk about using JungleDisk is that it lets you backup unlimited computers, as much as your storage allows. For additional storage, you just have to pay $0.125 per GB at Rackspace and $0.12 per GB at Amazon S3. If you choose Amazon S3 though, data requests and transfers can incur additional charges but Rackspace only charges for storage. If you are looking for a simple backup service, then choose “Simply Backup” plan which comes only with scheduled backup and nothing extra. Next tier plan “Desktop Edition” will offer you a syncing and network drive too so that you can access your files from a mounted network drive and also sync your files across multiple computers. Read our review for more comprehensive details.

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5. Mozy – From $5.99/month

Only if Mozy would continue offering its unlimited storage, we would all be happily using it. But for those of you with not many data to backup, what Mozy is now offering will be sufficient enough, if not plenty. You get 50GB storage for $5.99 per month or 125GB for $9.99 per month. For additional storage, you will have to pay a rock bottom price of $2 per month for every 20GB. Pretty low rates per GB, actually. Mozy actually offers really good customer service and quite reliable. Their software is also pretty advanced and sophisticated, and runs quite well on both Mac and Windows. Although the software looks very simple and easy to use, it has some pretty advanced fine-tuning features such as advanced scheduling, backup sets and bandwidth throttling. Mozy recently introduced Mozy Stash for its customers, which is file syncing service like Dropbox. If you want local backups, you can use Mozy 2x Protect feature which will also backup your files to an external hard drive. What we like most is plenty of restoration options Mozy offers – from in-client, in-Windows, web-based to DVD restores. Check out our full review for details.

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