I use Carbonite ( http://carbonite.com/ ), which I've been happy with. It's about $50 a year and they claim to allow unlimited backup. The only thing that I wasn't thrilled about was that the initial backup took a while, but after that, it's constantly monitoring what needs to be backed up, and it's pretty quick about doing its thing in the background. I haven't had my computer crash since I've started using it, so I don't actually know how well it does in terms of retrieving the information after a crash, but I have moved computers and it was simple to switch the account to the new laptop. Also, they're very customer-friendly, which is a plus.
As an aside (no pressure, I promise), if you want to try their free trial and you don't mind using me as a referral (we would each get free extra months if you then decide to sign up after the trial) and sending me your e-mail address, I could send you the referral link. But, like I said, no pressure.
Hope you find a backup service you like!
I have just recovered from a back-up hard disk crash. Unfortunately, I was using this hard disk as the primary and only storage of my music collection...apart from the iPod.
What is your experience with online storage? With improving upload speeds and continuously declining cost of storage media, it cannot be all that expensive.
My requirement would be:
About 500 GB of storage space
Guaranteed Privacy and Confidentiality
Speed - updating the earlier back up only for the changes
No compromise on quality of data (not reduced pixels or music quality to save on storage space)
Not too expensive - not more than $200 per year.
The facility should take away the pain of back-ups and automate them for the Common Being. (and the British Government that recently lost a lot of data!)
Would love your feedback.