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Carbonite or Vault?

Discussion in 'Technical - Hardware/Software' started by Kelly Cardoso, Nov 19, 2013.

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  1. Kelly Cardoso

    Kelly Cardoso Sophomore Member

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    Apr 24, 2005
    Professional Status:
    Certified Residential Appraiser
    State:
    California
    I need to back up my files and buy a new computer. I know Vault is probably the way to go, but it's expensive. I need advice/recommendations please.
     
  2. Renee Healion

    Renee Healion Senior Member

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    Feb 21, 2004
    Professional Status:
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    State:
    Connecticut
    I use Vault. But I also use Sugarsync for all my important files and some appraisal files that I do not Vault for my own reasons.

    Vault-- mostly because it is useful for restoring after a crash or just on a new PC. I have to remember to use IE when retrieving files because it does not seem to like other browsers.

    Sugarsync--on Headsurfer Wayne's recommendation posted on this site. It is very smooth and I underuse it as just a backup since it synchronizes across many devices.

    Carbonite I tried but back then it caused my system to stutter while constantly backing up. Sugarsync does not do that but it may reflect better equipment, ISP, now.
     
  3. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Elite Member

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    Jan 15, 2002
    Professional Status:
    Certified General Appraiser
    State:
    Georgia
    While I use Carbonite, have a couple years left on my paid in full subscription, there are a LOT of backup options out there. Carbonite is the most popular simply because of marketing. So do a little research before buying as it all depends on how much storage you need.
     
  4. OSU Beavers

    OSU Beavers Elite Member

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    Jan 10, 2007
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    State:
    Oregon
    Amazon also offers affordable cloud storage.
     
  5. rbrienza

    rbrienza Member

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    Sep 16, 2007
    Professional Status:
    Certified General Appraiser
    State:
    Colorado
    I use carbonite and I have a external hard drive also. I do not use Vault because I want all my files backed up and not just the alamode ones. I do more commercial reports than I do residential.

    Carbonite has several options and price levels. They start out with $60/year. On one of my systems, I use Home plus ($100/yr) and on the other system I use Home premier ($150/yr). They very helpful. Earlier this year when my computer died they got me the back up Hard drives overnighted to me. (and it was during a blizzard back east). .

    Other services out there are Mozy have heard good things from them.

    hope this helps.

    ray
     
  6. Pilgrum

    Pilgrum Senior Member

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    Mar 6, 2005
    Professional Status:
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    State:
    Nevada
    I think that ONLY the Vault will back up your Alamode program and settings.
     
  7. TRESinc

    TRESinc Senior Member

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    Dec 1, 2011
    Professional Status:
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    State:
    Ohio
    close... from what i have read using vault will make it a lot easier if you crash and have to restore alm programs to your new machine/hd. this is mainly due to the alm use of the sql server, however after doing a few reinstalls it's not that hard to do (stop the server, copy the 2 files from backup to new machine, copy over 4 directories, start the server - those may be out of order but that is all there is to it - they can even send you step by step instructions on how to do it so even those with the most basic of computer skill sets could do it).

    for the added cost and the frequency of completely losing a hd or computer to me carbonite is a no-brainer. plus as stated above it will backup your entire computer, not just the alm files. on top of that you will be limited to basically the same speed no matter which solution you choose when it comes to restoring something.

    renee - you need to change your settings. out of the box carbonite will constantly run a scan and backup any files that have changed. if you set it to only run from say midnight to 6am you won't have that problem.
     
  8. PDXOregon

    PDXOregon Junior Member

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    Apr 18, 2011
    Professional Status:
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    Last time I checked, and its been a while, Amazon could not back up folders created on the computer, only individual files.

    Google Drive is good. And you can access the files anywhere. Carbonite is not like that.

    There are a lot of cloud storage options. You can find them rated online.

    I also rotate flash drives in a safe deposit box every few months.
     
  9. Stone

    Stone Elite Member

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    Feb 1, 2002
    Professional Status:
    Certified General Appraiser
    State:
    Wisconsin
    I like SugarSync a lot (went with it based on recommendations here) but I only backup data, not programs.
     
  10. Fritz Smith

    Fritz Smith Member

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    Oct 11, 2006
    Professional Status:
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    State:
    South Carolina
    Sugarsync backs up and synconizes my files between my desktop and laptop. I can also access them with my phone if needed.
     
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