Best Online Backups

By Peter Zaborszky

5 Best Online Backup for Mac 2014

Backups are something that a lot of people only think about when it’s too late, although luckily this is changing, especially with the advent of online backup companies. These companies really do make it easy to keep a copy of your files everywhere, it’s a no hassle way of keeping things safe.

How big is the risk?

If this happens to your Mac, make sure you have your data saved!

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Google did a test on hard drives that they operate (100k of them to be exact, which I’m pretty sure is “statistically significant!), and found that 6% of them experienced data loss in one year. So that means if there are 20 people in a coffee shop, at least 1 of them will have problems with their data in a year. It could be you!

Human error

Let’s not forget about human error either, this is probably more significant than anything else. Your hard drive might fail yes, but what’s more likely is you accidentally deleting a file, or what’s even worse, accidentally saving over a file. This has happened to my so many times and in that case it really is impossible to get your file back. Unless you have online backups of course!!

Mac Backups – Time Machine

Time Machine? Good but not enough!

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So, let’s talk about online backups for Macs. Apple already offers backup with Time Machine. But ultimately Time Machine is just another hard disk drive. A power surge, or a spilt coffee can destroy it. And it is very expensive like all Apple products. We will look at it later, but time machine isn’t really 100% secure and redundant for backing up your data.

It’s also very common for Mac users to work outside of home on their Macs, and what if you don’t have your Time Machine physically present? No backups…

3-2-1 System

We’ve written a detailed article here about a 3-2-1 backup system. What this means is:

  • Keep 3 copies of your data
  • Keep it in 2 different locations
  • Keep 1 copy at a secure site

This system pretty much guarantees that even in a “Zombie apocalypse”, your data will survive. So, enough about backup options and systems, what about online backups for Mac? Well, we’ve tested over 50 companies who offer online backup services, and now are listing the top 5. These companies vary in terms of storage price, quality and so on. It’s hard to choose, but we’ve done the work for you!

How we evaluate companies

For this article, we looked at the following things to come up with the list:

  • The pricing of the service
  • It works on OSX, and even iOS possibly
  • The background of the companies
  • The space and features offered by the software
  • Where the data is stored

Here’s a quick summary:

Summary

Rank Provider Starting
Price
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1

ZipCloud
$4.95/mo 9.9
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2

LiveDrive $6/mo 9.2
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3

free for 5GB 8.9
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4

$5.99/month 9.0
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5

$5/mo 9.1
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Take a look below to see slightly more detailed views about each provider.

Editor’s Choice

Winner – ZipCloud

ZipCloud Logo

Positives: Simple, Great price initially, Reliable

Negatives: No power user features, Lots of upselling

ZipCloud does not have every feature possible, but it’s only ultimate geeks that would miss them. Some features cost extra money, so don’t be surprised by this later on, but even with these “upgrades” their prices are very good compared to other services, many of which also have hidden costs later on. Back to features, ZipCloud has all the standard features like scheduled backups, bandwidth throttling, file exclusions and so on.

They back up your data to Amazon data centers. To put this in terms of quality, let’s just say your files are backed up to the Mercedes of data centers. Outsourcing their storage space means that they don’t have their own data center which might fail for some reason. Reddit, Netflix, and other big brands host with Amazon, if they trust their data with them, do you think can too? I think this is a very good idea for a backup company.

What’s more, they will stand 100% behind they product, and offer an anytime moneyback guarantee. Whether its 2 weeks from now, or 2 years from now, you can claim a refund if you are unhappy.

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2. LiveDrive – $6 per month

LiveDrive Logo

Positives: Simple, Great price, Reliable, Instant backups

Negatives: Cheapest package limited to 1 machine

Just like ZipCloud, LiveDrive are a company based in the UK. They’ve come a long way as a company. They are based in the UK, and have released new versions of their website and software quite a few times. Finally, about 12 months ago, they dropped their prices. These improvements and price drops have now made them the 2nd best backup company for Mac out there. Their basic package is just $6 per month and that’s with unlimited storage.

Their more expensive packages support NAS drives, multiple devices, and have folder syncing. These are $12 and $19 per month, which is still a good price (and with unlimited space of course!). If you want to back up your time machine as well as your Mac, LiveDrive is a great option.

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3. Dropbox

Positives: Well known, Great interface

Negatives: Expensive, Sharing reduces your space, Folder solution

We decided to go with Dropbox at number 5, although it’s a bit of a controversial option. It’s not strictly a backup company, and it’s a bit expensive. But, when combined with the sharing abilities, and the fact that most of your friends are probably using it too, it’s a good option.

You also get free space, and that can increase if you invite some of your friends to quite a few GB. So for the essential photos it is a good backup option.

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4. Mozy

Positives: Next day air restore, 3 months free if paid upfront

Negatives: Restore is difficult, Not unlimited space

Mozy only charges $5.99/month for 50GB of storage per computer, or $9.99/month for 125GB per computer. If you go for 1 year plan, you get a month free or 3 months if you commit for 2 years. One nice addition to mention at Mozy is that they will ship your data via fedex on a DVD if you need it, although this costs extra but it’s usually faster than downloading everything.

As you can see there’s no unlimited space as such, but the general prices are good anyway. Mozy has more advanced features than ZipCloud or Carbonite, but that makes them slightly more complicated. For someone who’s a real power user, Mozy is probably a better choice than the previous two companies.

Mozy currently offers free trial so you might want to take a look into it. Click here to visit mozy now.

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5. Backblaze

Positives: Simple software, Unlimited backups, Great price

Negatives: Nothing

If you need unlimited storage, Backblaze is an awesome company. The company was actually created by ex-apple employees, which means great software design! Pricing starts from $5 per month, which drops to just $3.95 if you pay for a year upfront. The software is very elegant and simple. It installs and just sits in your toolbar at the top. It has the usual features you could want like bandwidth throttle and scheduling.

The backup will run continuously, but you can switch it to backup once a day or initiate a manual backup. It will keep your file revisions up to four weeks. The restoration options are both through the Web, or you can simply order a DVD or a USB drive at an additional cost. DVD will cost you $99 while USB drive will set you back for $189.

You can’t really go wrong with Backblaze, no other company offers the service they do for this low price.

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So what should you choose?

Overall Backblaze is the winner of the list, their pricing and software is a great option. For a hassle free backup option, they are definitely top. Working down the list there are the other unlimited backup options, and then Mozy who are an older company with fixed space.

Summary

Rank Provider Starting
Price
Rating Link

1

ZipCloud
$4.95/mo 9.9
Read Review
Visit Site

2

LiveDrive $6/mo 9.2
Read Review
Visit Site

3

free for 5GB 8.9
Read Review
Visit Site

4

$5.99/month 9.0
Read Review
Visit Site

5

$5/mo 9.1
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6 Responses to 5 Best Online Backup for Mac 2014

  1. Tom says:

    Zip cloud is a SCAM. This article is obviously bogus.

  2. michael says:

    These reviews on Mac solutions omit any mention whether any of these providers offer cloud backups of Time Machine partitions – which seems a completely obvious requirement. So there really isn’t a good path for Macs as far as I can tell. Also there is no comparison of the restore pricing which is really the point.

  3. Bart says:

    Hi Tom,
    It’s not good enough to just call something a Scam. You have to substantiate that. I read this article to get better informed. Your responce does not help. So, please, why?

  4. Gareth says:

    Zipcloud is awful, and I am now investigating alternatives. Here’s why Zipcloud is terrible:

    1) Frequent ‘account expired’ messages despite having a yearly auto renew account
    2) Constant attempts (via the above messages and elsewhere) to upsell you additional services. I don’t mind being sold to but Zipcloud takes it well beyond the annoying level
    3) Whilst the support generally responds within a few hours, they use standard template response and never address your actual problem
    4) Billing issues – they have over and under billed me several times, which took weeks to resolve.

    Avoid at all costs

  5. Alex says:

    I’m confused. The summary table shows zipCloud ranked number 1 and backblaze ranked number 5. However, the article says the best is backblaze: “So what should you choose? Overall Backblaze is the winner of the list…”

    What gives?

  6. Helen says:

    Agree with Alex!

    From the review ‘We decided to go with Dropbox at number 5, although it’s a bit of a controversial option.’ But Dropbox is listed at no 3 on the review?!

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