Online storage/backup, alternatives to BT Vault

System Error We all take our computer, laptop for granted.   We turn them on, we do what ever it is we want to do and then turn it off.  What would happen if it didn’t turn back on?  What would happen if the hard drive decided to call it a day or a nasty virus wipes everything? Realisation sets in you remember that you have photo’s/iTunes albums on there that you don’t have another copy of. It’s all happened to us at some point, just depends on the extent of the damage. 

Unfortunately I learned the hard way many years ago, from then on I made sure that everything was backed up to DVD-r and my photo’s were backed up to DVD-r and my vault/flickr.  This is where part of this post came from.

Last week I wrote a quick post about the problems I had with BT Vault.  From then I started looking about for alternatives as I need more online space than my “free” 5gb and a quick search revealed that £4.99 extra a month for 50gb is just a rip off.

For anyone not sure of what BT Vault is (info from bt) :

It’s important to make sure you keep a copy of any new files on your computer, safe in your vault. That way, if anything happens to your files, you can recover them easily. Also its easy to share your photos, files and more securely online with your friends and family too.

Quick checklist to get you start thinking about what you might miss in the event of a disaster.

  • Website files/database
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Mp3’s
  • Documents
  • Emails
  • Contact list
  • Personal projects
  • Applications bought via download

I am going to look at a variety of providers compare prices, features and limitations. Some of the providers offer a free account that enables users to store up to ?gb which I will also cover.  If you’re looking for a personal backup solution that’s not going to cost the earth or even a free provider then keep reading.

alternatives to BT Vault – Mozy backup


Free Space Offered : 2gb free space

Free Space Restrictions :

Encryption : 128bit ssl on transfer, 256-bit AES encryption on storage.

Desktop Sync software : Yes.

Other Options:

  • Personal unlimited * $49.50yr, $4.95mn *see conditions.
  • Business 50gb $99.50yr,$9.95mn.
  • Business 100gb $199.50yr, $19.95mn.
  • Business 500gb $499.50, $49.95mn.


Free Space Offered : 2gb free space

Free Space Restrictions :

Encryption : 128bit ssl on transfer, 448-bit blowfish.

Desktop Sync software : Yes

Other Options:

  • Personal unlimited * $4.95mn  *see conditions.
  • Desktop Licenses: $3.95 + $0.50/GB per month.
  • Server Licenses: $6.95 + $1.75/GB per month.


Free Space Offered : None Only 15 day free trial

Free Space Restrictions : N/A

Encryption : Files encrypted twice before leaving PC

Desktop Sync software : Yes

Other Options:

  • $49.95 a year.

Others that I found

Even if you just sign up for the free 2gb on the above sites that’s 6gb of free online space. I am going to start playing about with the free space on offer so that I can grasp the software that’s used, speed and quality of service. Watch this space for a review of the above services. Quick list of the goodies:



  • Stuart K
    Posted April 8, 2008 8:47 pm 0Likes

    Already had an iDrive but will defo checkout the other 2. I lost a couple of family videos a couple months back due to corruption, was gutted. Look forward to seeing the review of each one, might even spend some of my hard earned $$$.

  • Michael Aulia
    Posted April 9, 2008 1:16 am 0Likes

    Thanks for the post as I’m currently looking for some online backup alternatives 🙂

  • Michael
    Posted April 9, 2008 6:16 am 0Likes

    I use Mozy. It is similar to Carbonite but way cheaper for the unlimited storage version.

  • Marc
    Posted April 10, 2008 9:39 pm 0Likes

    Have you had a look at Jungle Disk mate? I fancied trying it out as it uses Amazon’s S3 storage and looks to be a reasonably priced option. You effectively get as much storage as you need and only pay for what you use and for transfer bandwidth.

    Check it out here:

  • Peter White
    Posted April 10, 2008 9:42 pm 0Likes

    Si, Check out Jungledisk, i reviewed them on ImAFish a while back. They use Amazon S3 for storage so are dead cheap.

  • Marc
    Posted April 10, 2008 10:11 pm 0Likes

    Peter and I must be psychic! 🙂 I’ll check out your review now Peter.

  • Si Philp
    Posted April 11, 2008 7:00 am 0Likes does look interesting. I will add it to my list 🙂 Cheers guys.

  • Ricie
    Posted June 27, 2008 7:59 am 0Likes

    Take a look at they offer 2 accounts 150GB for 4.95 and 300GB for 9.95 per month. I,ve been using them for 6 months now and it works really well.

  • Si Philp
    Posted June 27, 2008 5:44 pm 0Likes

    Hi Ricie,
    Will check out that link. Am currently working my way through the list above. Next post will be about Mozy.

  • fidler
    Posted July 19, 2008 3:50 pm 0Likes

    How about 123-drve. You get 30GB completely free – you can pay for more if you need it. I’ve been using it for 6 months – no problems.

  • tim
    Posted August 31, 2008 9:28 pm 0Likes

    I use Mozy at home and the office. Just set it and forget it. With unlimited space for home users for $5pm it’s very inexpensive.

  • Randall
    Posted November 20, 2008 3:06 pm 0Likes

    Mozy sucks if you’re using a Mac. It uploads files you don’t have selected and can’t properly restore a sparse bundle image file. Tech support is all but clueless.

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