I don't know how much experience you've had backing up to the cloud, but in my experience it's extremely slow. I have a 24 Mbps download speed with Comcast cable which is fast, but uploading to the cloud takes forever. There're also questions about security and reliability of cloud backup. If you want to back up less than a GB of data that doesn't require security, it might be OK, but I like to have full system backups I can extract whatever I need from when I need it. I always have at least two copies of my data because you never know when a drive will kick the bucket. I have a 1 TB hard drive on my main computer, and never delete stuff from it if I don't want to lose it. That way if the back drive dies, I can still recover.
I use the FREE backup program Easeus Todo Backup Free for my full system backups. You can download it from http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm . You can read CNET's review of it at
How backups affect your computer depends entirely on how you set them up for time and frequency. The Easeus program lets me determine that. I make full backups weekly at 3 AM with incremental backups every 4 hours. The incremental backups are always relatively small, and don't take more than a couple of minutes to run.
You're smart to be thinking about backup - so many people never do until the time they lose their data. It's always best to err on the side of too much rather than too little.
Hi, I am in the process of setting up a new Windows 8 PC (Gateway DX4860-UB2B-Windows 8 - 3.4GHz Intel® Core™ i3 - 6GB memory, max 32GB - 1TB storage - Intel® HD - 300W - Wireless - Bluetooth® 4.0 - HDMI® - USB 3.0) and want to make sure I don't lose any information moving forward. I currently backup using Macrium reflect for a hard drive image to an external 1Tb drive and use the drive to manually backup files etc but would really like some thoughts on layering backups and making them automatic by using a seperate 1.5TB external drive for Rebit backups for a disk image and then continuous real time backups of files, and Crashplan for cloud storage to backup remotely all of this information. My questions relate to:-
1) Will this kill my computer speed and processing?
2) Is this overkill and redundant as Crashplan offers real time monitoring in addition to rebit?
3) If only one is necessary which is the better option?
I appreciate everyone's comments and thoughts on this.