Online Cloud Backup FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Online Cloud Backup

    How much storage space do I need for my files?

    That depends on the types of files that you plan on backing up with an online backup service. Most digital music files range from about 3 to 4 MBs, while video files and high resolution digital photos can range from 5 to hundreds of MBs in file size.

    However, with most online backup services you will receive an unlimited amount of file storage for one monthly or annual price. That means you never have to estimate how much file space you need, since these services will store as few or as many files as you need to backup.

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Carbonite

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SOS Online Backup

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Mozy

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IDrive

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ElephantDrive

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Norton Online Backup

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IBackup

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Dropbox

Bottom line: Well-priced solution for file sharing and collaborative work; not true automated backup solution

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