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Home Backup Comparison: Carbonite vs Crashplan vs Genie Backup

There are many different programs that will attempt to organize and backup your data with some versions provided by operating systems and others purely aftermarket and third party.

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In the past, I have used this blog to try to detail the best ways to protect your data through a bulletproof backup plan. The key component that was the most difficult to quantify was the backup manager. There are many different programs that will attempt to organize and backup your data with some versions provided by operating systems and others purely aftermarket and third party.

Should you pay a fee? Will a free program provide the same features as a program with a fee? Can you backup to an external drive and USB as well as an online location? I will attempt to answer all of these questions in the details below.

Carbonite Online Backup

Type Home, Small & Large Businesses
Price $59.00/Year
Online Storage Yes
Media Online Only (200gb)
Repository Models Continous data protection, differential backup, full system backup, reverse delta
Software Features Access to open/locked files, automatic updates, backup history, cd/dvd burning, de-duploication, file sharing, live backups
Security Authentication, encryption, media server encryption, password protection
Platforms Windows and Macintosh
Support 24/7 phone, email and help desk

Crashplan

Type Home, Small & Large Businesses
Price Free
Online Storage Yes
Media Online & Network Drives
Repository Models Continous data protection, differential backup, full system backup, incrimental backup, unstructured
Software Features Access to open/locked files, archiving, backup history, compression, duplication
Security Authentication, centralized management, encryption, password protection
Platforms Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix and Others
Support 24/7 email, online self-serve

Genie Backup Manager Home 9

Type Home
Price $50.00
Online Storage Yes
Media Any storage device. (CDRW, disks, dvd-ram, ftp, external hard drive, network drive, online, tape, usb, sd, flash)
Repository Models Differential backup, full system backup, incremental backup
Software Features Archiving, automatic update, backup history, cd/dvd burning, compression, error checking
Security Authentication, encryption, password protection
Platforms Windows only
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