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  • Arsynic - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Mozy used to be unlimited too until they reached a certain number of subscribers. This sounds like bait and switch material. I'm sorry, but I'm staying with the devil I know, CrashPlan. Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Yeah, that is the concern I have too. Mozy used to be great, but now it's overpriced. Reply
  • webmastir - Sunday, October 16, 2011 - link

    True but CrashPlan will soon be going that route soon. They all will eventually. It's impossible this day and age to offer unlimited space when it becomes open to the public. Reply
  • LeftSide - Monday, October 17, 2011 - link

    Crashplan is great because you can backup to friends. If you have multiple gigs of family photos and videos, you can seed the upload with an external drive. It would have taken 3 months to upload all my photos and videos, but I brought my parents computer to my house and it took 2 days.
    It work the other way around as well. If you have a tornado, it doesn't take a month to download everything, you just get it locally from your backup location.
  • imaheadcase - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Yet the chart you posted shows $6 a month unlimited. Already i'm fishy about the service. Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    It's $3 a month if you pay the yearly fee ($36). If you subscribe for only one month, then it's more expensive. Reply
  • CFJ90210 - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Aw, was just about to point that out to imaheadcase. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    ah ic. Seems pretty cool. I just really worry about new startup's like this. They can come and go fast it would seem to me.

    Granted I only have maybe 5gigs of crucial files i would like to keep, I already use WHS to backup computers, been looking for online solutions.
  • hifiaudio2 - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    So I just called their toll free number to ask how the software would deal with a USB attached 8 bay drive tower. First, the person just answered the phone with "hello" .. not "Backify".. so that was funny... and second the answer was "I don't know... just install the free account and see if it works.

    They literally went live yesterday he said (10/13).

    I think I will give this a good while before trusting my data to them.

    Sounds great in theory though!
  • CU - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    What prevents you from setting up multiply accounts? One for each computer you have. I just set up CrashPlan with my parents and we are backing up to each other. I would have considered this if it had came out a few days earlier. Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Nothing, of course. Having one account may be easier though since all data is under the same account (think about streaming for example). Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Wouldn't Crashplan make sure that all the computers have identical copies of the data?

    So you could stream with equal effectiveness with any of the Backupify accounts, right?

    I'm seriously considering this. Dropbox has been good to me for documents, but my media collection could easily fit within the half TB limit.
  • ImSpartacus - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Backify*** Reply
  • Kelemvor - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Exactly I use Dropbox for the easy transfer of files around but all my media and things doesn't fit. Might try this just to see how it works. I still have local copies on 3 machines via Synctoy so if it doesn't pan out, no big loss. Reply
  • jramskov - Monday, October 17, 2011 - link

    The problem with Crashplan is that it doesn't really support network connections. I have a fast connection (25/25MBit unlimited fiber) and I wanted to setup offsite backup for my family so they could perform remote backup to my Synology NAS. I installed Crashplan on an old thinkpad and mounted my NAS to that. It started out okay and Crashplan sees and uses the mounted NAS but a reboot of either the NAS or the Thinkpad makes it somehow impossible for Crashplan to see/use the existing data there.

    I also tried getting Crashplan to run directly on my NAS, others have gotten that to work, but I didn't. It would be pretty cool if Crashplan provided an official client for Synology NAS.

    I am now using Duplicati instead:
  • Red Storm - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Reply
  • The Fold - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    So I just signed up for the free account to have a look and downloaded their software.

    The package that downloaded is Livedrive, which for anyone who hasn't seen it before is developed by, another online backup/storage company who also offer reseller packages for a low monthly fee.

    This makes me dubious about the usability of the briefcase feature as when I trialled livedrive once before it was not only slow to upload files to but whenever I want to view a file it downloaded the whole thing to local storage, which isn't what I was after.

    For backup only purposes, this service may well be a good deal, but I'll probably stick with Backblaze until someone says this thing is the best since sliced bread.
  • Spivonious - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    If the service is free, they're making money of off you some other way. Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Or they have enough cash to operate long enough to get people hooked so they can change to a paid model (a la Mozy). Reply
  • zorak4now - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Have a look at They offer the same thing also for free. No questions asked. Their mission is to help as many people as possible with good backup. Reply
  • The Fold - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Beecloud looks to be the same thing, a Livedrive reseller. Reply
  • Master_Sigma - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    All the features and services Backify provides is great, but its severely hamstrung by the bandwidth caps that the ISP consortium is implementing. With 512GB or unlimited storage, I'd be tempted to upload, say, disk images which I can use to restore my machine if something happens Unfortunately, I can't do that without hitting a bandwidth cap and kicked off the net or charged out the rear. Any backup strategy that would make good use of all that storage would be hamstrung by caps.

    Media streaming will hit the same problem. I listen to music all the time, and streaming movies anywhere looks tempting. How much of my limited unlimited bandwidth (no, that's not a typo, according to ISPs) will get eaten up by it?
  • staylor - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Their site automatically forces https (yay!) but their certificate is broken (what?).

    There are also no details regarding how the service works, aside from, "You just install the thing and things happen!"

    Too many red flags for me to even give them my email address, much less any of my data.
  • firerock - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    So I poked around their site and when I click on Log In, the modal box didn't work and the whole thing broke. How can you trust some company doesn't even allow you to login w/ your precious data? Reply
  • liptonbrisk - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    The registrant is Tarandeep Gill, the same guy behind the "IE users are dumb" hoax.

    Way too much storage, half baked site, no logical business plan = bad news.
  • totovo - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Signed up for an account and they emailed me my password in plaintext. It's hard to trust a provider that doesn't take security seriously. Reply
  • MrJawbones - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    I know! I HATE it when sites do that. I need to change that password anyways... Reply
  • SilthDraeth - Saturday, October 15, 2011 - link

    I know right. I mean, they should have emailed you an encrypted hash of your password. That way, you can't even log in, so you know your data is secure.

  • LitoP - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    You can find the benefits for livedrive resellers in

    It says:

    "Backup accounts are free
    As a Livedrive reseller, Backup accounts are free! For just the fixed monthly fee of $59.95 per month you can create as many Livedrive Backup accounts as you’d like, with no charge per account. Livedrive Backup accounts make a fantastic value-add to any of your existing services"
  • LitoP - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link Reply
  • Golgatha - Monday, October 17, 2011 - link

    Killed this offer before it had a chance to live. Reply
  • mfeller2 - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - link

    It's a lot of storage, but in case it doesn't pan out...raised rates, becomes a failed startup, etc., I am thinking about a strategy of using multiple services as they come along.

    For critical/sensitive files, my idea is to put them in a Truecrypt store, and then back *that* up to the "cloud". It won't hurt having multiple copies off-site.
  • Fluence1st - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - link Reply
  • teedeedet - Monday, February 20, 2012 - link

    I use and I've never had any problems. Reply
  • Ghost 519 - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    AnandTech should make a note that the company was a fraud. Reply

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