When I set up my Windows Home Server I configure the normal Windows Server Backup task to backup the server folders to a USB disk. That’s nice for normal backup/recovery. But that doesn’t protect my data (documents, books, whitepapers, and thousands of photos) against fire and theft. Sure, I could probably swap disks and store them offsite. But I know how poor my discipline with doing that in the past was. I need something automated for off-site backup.
So I decided to try Carbonite. It’s one of the few online personal backup solutions that will work on WHS. There’s a 15 day free trial so I signed up for that, and I added the offer code from the TWiT Security Now podcast – that gives you an extra 2 months free in addition to your 12 month subscription (unlimited storage for less than $60/year!!!!).
The install was easy. The configuration wizard walks you through the few steps. You’re warned that files like video will not be backed up. I’m OK with that – I have no personal/holiday videos because I’m a still photo man. Targeting a folder is easy – use Windows Explorer, right-click, and select the add to backup option. I had two schedule choices: constantly backup changes or schedule. I went for the first option.
OK, the flaw: I have 20GB per month limit and I’m on ADSL. It’s going to take a very long time to get all of my photo collection backing up to the cloud. I’ve been incrementally adding folders, starting with My Documents, and then I added some of my older photo folders to test. All worked well. I’ll continue testing, and then decided next week if I’ll pay for the service.
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My estimate on my photos folder alone is about a week, when I start using my projects folders , well, I estimate at the 3GB per day that it seems to tell you is standard , that it will take 3 months to back up everything. Gonna give it a while, bought a subscription, but CO.UK did not accept my TwIT code.
I went to the .com site. I have 300+ GB of photo files. Gonna take me a while to get them backed up 🙂
I suppose you’ve seen this NB:
“With your Carbonite subscription you get as much space as you need for your backup. However, for exceptionally large backups – 200GB or more – backup speed will slow noticeably after the first 200GBs have been backed up.” – taken from http://www.carbonite.com/en/home/online-backup-software
It would be great if you tell us your opinion after a month or so – personally, I am interested.
It’ll take me a while to get up there – I’ve got their daily cap and my ISPs monthly cap to deal with.
How are you liking it so far? I have been researching solutions for a while to backup my photos and projects but I have not actually tried any of them yet. I do not have a strict “cap” but my upload bandwidth is limited to where i would only upload about 3.2gb per day, is there a way to tell Carbonite to cap its upload bandwidth to not max that speed out?
I think there is a 3GB cap in place by Carbonite. I haven’t seen a throttling setting, but you can set a time/schedule to restrict it to backing up to a timeframe of your preference. So far, so good for me. I’ve 11 days left in the trial.
Aidan what version of Windows Home Server are you using? I am assuming your are talking about WHS 2011 and not WHSv1?
Yes, it’s WHS 2011.
how do you install carbonite on WHS? I am having trouble, and am trying to get carbonite to install on a HP MediaSmart server
I just did a normal install on my WHS 2011 machine.
Just to inform you – you might be interested in CrashPlan (http://www.crashplan.com) – there is no filesize limit, no req to have the files on your computer (or else they will delete them), no speed throttle… At the moment I am evaluating the 30 day trial, so far uploaded around 27GBs (from 1TB) for around 13 hours and maybe I will be able to upload all the data before my trial expires 😀 The only limit I know is that you can only download 250MB on a single WEB download session – how does this stand next to Carbonite?
Before you consider Crashplan I would recommend reading this page in their forums.
BTW, thanks for posting that Carbonite works with WHS 2011. I just purchased WHS and was concerned that my ongoing Carbonite subscription was going to be wasted as I had trouble finding anyone that said they were using it.
I appreciate it.
Would like to know if you have this still working? Also can you backup all data ex. your PC backups? I am thinking of purchasing Carbonite though want to make sure you haven’t found any snags with Carbonite and or WHS2011 (Are you using StableBit?)
Yup, still working.