So, you’ve got A LOT of stuff to back up. You want to do it online, since it’s much better than an external hard drive. Why? Well, since it’s automatic, and if you spill your coffee or there’s a fire, your external hard drive can fail too.
While most people would just say “Use DropBox! Everyone else does!”, that’s a terrible choice, following the herd will leave a hole in your pocket. Unlimited online backups are the latest offerings from backup companies, and it’s an awesome way to back up a lot of data. If you’ve got a lot of photos, which most people do, you probably need unlimited backups.
I’ve revieved over 50 online backup companies now, so I know which ones are best. Looking around the net, I’ve found no other sites that’s reviewed this many providers and in this much detail. Of these 50-60 companies, quite a few offer unlimited backups, so we’ll take a look at the top 5 today. These companies have the ultimate online backup packages, with unlimited space.
Take a look at the summary of these companies, then we’ve got some reviews of them underneath.
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Overview of some favourites
Now that the important questions are clarified, let’s explore some really good online backup companies that offer unlimited storage.
Winner – MyPCBackup
If I earn a dollar every single time I mention MyPCBackup, then I might be pretty rich by now. Whenever someone asks for affordable and reliable backup service, I always point out to MyPCBackup. Why? Because I have real solid experience with them. Not just me, but also my business partners, colleagues and friends too (although I admit I was the influencing factor for them to purchase MyPCBackup!). I’m a businessman. What I look for is reliability, ease of restoration in case of disaster (you really don’t want to restore 200GB of data over the Internet, trust me), storage space, ease of use and cross-platform availability. MyPCBackup has all that and beyond.
For as low as $6.95 a month, you can backup any number of devices, and it’s unlimited space. The software is very simple and available on major platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows and even Solaris. This is important for me as in my business, I am running three OSes out of them.
The software is built for simplicity, and all features that the average user could want is there. It’s also only 500Kb! Although software size doesn’t really matter, it shows the company’s philosophy. They back to up Amazon S3, the same place half the internet is hosted (Amazon’s data centers), so I’d say they are the most reliable right now.
Another solid offering with support for Mac and Windows, Livedrive has both syncing (think Dropbox) and online backup feature which is a winner in my book. Only reason it loses out to MyPCBackup for #1 spot is due to its pricing and a tad lesser-than-stellar software plus less-than-responsive customer service. However, it seems like it is still a good choice if you want an unlimited storage without so much hassles.
If you take a look at its features, you will immediately be impressed. Syncing, mobile apps for iOS and Android, FTP and WebDAV access (which allows Linux backups if you know how to use), good encryption and other array of features are out to impress any customers. Only one thing I don’t quite like about LiveDrive is that it doesn’t offer more than 30-days versioning history. So if you want to restore old versions of files from more than 30-days ago, you are out of luck.
The pricing seems reasonable, at $7.95 per month per computer for unlimited storage. If you pay $15.95, you also get 2TB of Briefcase which is syncing service like Dropbox. There is no device limit on syncing. At $24.95 per month, you get unlimited storage for up to 5 computers and 5TB Briefcase storage for syncing. Read our review here about Livedrive.
Carbonite has been long-term competitor of once-glorious-Mozy. Mozy once offered unlimited storage but downgraded to limited storage plans in 2011. In fact, it has been one of the first online backup companies that offer unlimited backup service. There is no free plan, but you can try their services for 15 days without even entering your credit card number. Main reason it is pushed down to #2 is simply due to its lackluster software on Mac and iOS. Most of Carbonite’s power features are available on Windows software but for Mac, the software is more or less basic.
You only have to pay $59 per year for one computer. Unlimited storage. That is in fact, the most basic plan. However, if you want more advanced features, you have to go HomePlus or HomePremier plans which cost $99 and $149 respectively. Again, only for one computer. The turn-off here is that both HomePlus and HomePremier plans are only supported on Windows since they offer features that Mac client cannot support yet. If you want unlimited computers support, then you will have to go to their business plans which don’t offer unlimited storage space so we won’t talk about them here. But if you want to know more about Carbonite, read our review here.
Backblaze boasts most straightforward and simple pricing as well as software. This is not for those who want advanced features and fine-tuning controls. Backblaze is more for people who want simplicity but unlimited storage space without having to go to unknown new provider promising the world at a cost of a peanut. I have talked about Backblaze a few times in other posts, and I am doing a review on Backblaze soon too so I will skip all the talks about features, and get straight to pricing.
It will cost you $5 a month per computer for unlimited storage. There are some file size limitations, and they automatically ignore certain files at the backup, so the solution is not perfect. But, the software just works, and if you want to exclude any files from being backed up, you will have to put them in exclusion list. If what you are looking for is real simple backup solution, then go Backblaze. You can’t go wrong with that.
5. McAfee Online Backup
Yes, that McAfee. The one with all awesome antivirus and Internet security software suites. Right now, they are offering an online backup service. Very simple and straightforward pricing will set you back $5 a month, although you have to prepay 1 year in advance so upfront cost is about $59.99.
My main reason for putting McAfee at #5 is simply because it only supports Windows platform, and there is no mobile apps either. However, the software is pretty much solid and works well. And a surprise here is that it is powered by Mozy. Even after Mozy pulled the plug on unlimited storage, it seems that McAfee is still offering it. There must be some sort of deal between Mozy and McAfee. So you get unlimited storage space for one computer at only $5 per month. Pretty sweet deal, I would say, especially when this is backed by two big companies.