Carbonite Online Backup

I’ve recently converted to Carbonite Online Backup as our "emergency" backup solution for our home PCs.  So far, I love this service.  Its a flat-rate "set-it and forget-it" off-site back-up solution if you have an always-on internet connection. It automatically backs-up any new files that are added to your computer during periods of low or no internet usage to an off-site facility.  The only down-side is that the service may take a week or more to perform the initial backup if you have large, full drives (as I do).  After that, it works invisibly by only sending changes to the service.  Download new photos to your PC, and they get backed up later that night without  having to remember to trigger a back-up, etc.

Off-site backup is particularly important if you use your computer to store valuable digital photos that would be irreplaceable in the event of a fire (that destroys all of your on-site backups).

About mattsanf

Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

Posted on February 23, 2007, in Web/Tech. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’ve been lurking here for a while and enjoy the projects you share with us. I use both Carbonit and for online backup (I got free accounts from both for being a beta tester), and it is comforting to know I have my data in three locations. Nice post on Carbonite. I suggest you also test Mozy’s free service. They have some features you might be interested in that C does not have, such as the ability to restore previous file versions. I had one drawing of mine become corrupted, and I was able to restore it from M, and not from C (C’s version was corrupted, too, because I backed up the corrupted file there). Anyway, nice to know we have more than one area of common interest. Keep up the great posts.

  2. Thanks.
    I will try the other one also because I have been concerned about “backing-up corrupted files”…seems like the main down-side to Carbonite.

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