Online backup (free)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dimme, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. dimme macrumors 65816

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    I am looking for a free online backup service to back up about 2Gb od files. I use Mozy on my MBP. But their free service is only for one computer. So I am looking for another company for my MacPro. I tried idrive but they seem to have problems. So I was thinking of trying spideroak.com. Any other ideas?
     
  2. warning9 macrumors newbie

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    You can give Dropbox a try. It also lets you hold 2gb of data for free with multiple computers.
     
  3. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502

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    +1 for Dropbox. You can also add 250Mb per referral you get up to a maximum of 3Gb I think.
     
  4. tripletaker macrumors member

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    Yup, I use Dropbox as well.

    There's also Microsoft's Windows Live Sync, Box.net, and SugarSync (not free).
     
  5. billy920 macrumors newbie

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    I also Dropbox which has worked much better than MobileMe, it also makes it easier to access files whilst on a PC. If you use the following link then you (and I) will get an extra 250MB on top of the standard 2GB -

    https://www.getdropbox.com/referrals/NTExNDIyNTk

    If you refer enough people who start using Dropbox then you can end up with 5GB total free storage (2GB standard + 3GB extra through referrals)
     
  6. dimme thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks everyone.
    I am trying out dropbox but ran into one snag. I use quicken for the mac and for some reason it does not keep the quicken file in it's"wrapper" it turns it into a folder which is not readable on the other computer. Otherwise it looks good.
     
  7. belvdr macrumors 603

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    I use JungleDisk along with Amazon S3. My first few GB cost me around $1.00 US. The pricing varies on how much you upload/download and Amazon has a pricing calculator to determine how much you'll pay.

    I think I have only paid around $1.00 for the past two months as well. Of course, that's not truly free, but is dirt cheap.
     
  8. Melrose Suspended

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    Late to the party, but another for DropBox.

    have you tried zipping the Excel file first?
     
  9. dimme thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Excel files are fine it is the native quicken file that is giving me problems. I also want to try mirroring my documents file to the dropbox file( I know it is redundant). Can anyone recommend a good (free) folder sync program.
     
  10. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    I've use Gmail and Yahoo's mail service in the past.
     
  11. warning9 macrumors newbie

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    You might actually be able to use an automator action to sync folders...
     
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  13. k21975 macrumors newbie

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    I know this is an older post, but I wanted to chime in...

    I use Dropbox for a catch all and it's been great. I have also started using SpiderOak. I wanted to have two separate Dropbox accounts on my computers, but Dropbox doesn't allow that. Installing SpiderOak alongside Dropbox allowed me to have two different syncing accounts. Now I use Dropbox for personal stuff and SpiderOak for work. SpiderOak is a bit different because it separates Backup from Sync and it allows you to choose which folders have which ability. And you can choose any folder, not just a single big folder like Dropbox. If you want to give either a try, here are my referral links. Dropbox gives each +250MB and SpiderOak gives +1GB.

    SpiderOak +1GB
    https://spideroak.com/download/referral/e1dc6b9b5e4fac633ea5b9b237051a6b

    Dropbox +250MB
    http://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTM2MTU1NzA5

    Have Fun!
     
  14. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    Can you actually set up time machine to use dropbox?
     
  15. miknos Suspended

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    I use iBackup with Dropbox. Both are free.


    Select which folders (or files) you want to synchronize and send them to Dropbox. You can schedule backups (Mine does a weekly automatically).

    Problem is Dropbox keeps a copy so you end up using double the space.

    I use it for saving application settings (Yojimbo, GlimmerBlocker, Squirrel among others) and of course, Address Book, bookmarks, iCal, iTunes Library (just to keep my song's ratings), etc.
     

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