I have been using the free online backup service from Mozy.com to backup my home computer for more than a year. So far it has worked well and although I have not had a hard disk disaster that requires a restore from Mozy, I have tried using Mozy to retrieve one or two files. It works as expected.
Recently, with my growing camcorder video collection, I thought about using their paid service, called MozyHome, that offers unlimited backup at a price of $4.95 a month. It sounds like a reasonable deal — pay $54.45 a year (one month free with one year subscription) and get off-site backup protection for my files.
One concern I have though is whether “unlimited backup” is really unlimited. As we all know, sometimes “unlimited” does not really mean that the space is unlimited; rather the company chooses to impose some unpublished limitations. For example, some web hosting plans have been known to advertised with “unlimited” space but once a certain limit is reached, the hosting would terminate the service to the customer.
I posed this question to Mozy, and here’s their reply (which came in no more than 10 minutes!):
Unlimited really means Unlimited! We’re constantly adding more space to our database so we’ll be able to keep up with whatever you throw at it.
In other words, don’t worry about it, just back it up.
I am still mauling this over. If you have any experience with using the MozyHome paid service, it will be great to hear it!
And if you are interested in the free backup service, refer to my earlier post HERE. You can get an additional 256 MB from the referral link.