I recently had a disaster with my iTunes music library after upgrading to Vista, where iTunes decided to move and rename about 1,000 tracks. Hunting down those rogue tracks is taking me forever, and I really wish I’d maintained my backup. I used to use Genie Backup Manager, but I found the interface a bit clunky to use.
I’ve been shopping around for a new backup solution, and luckily I was asked to try out iBackup which hadn’t turned up in my searches, by ReviewMe as a sponsored review. iBackup is an online backup service targeted at consumers, offering 5GB of space for $9.95pm and up to a whopping 300GB of space for $299.95pm.
The price of online storage solutions has always been the main reason why I haven’t signed up for a contract myself, or launched a service for the ISP I work for. Yes, sometimes its impossible to put a cost on replacing your irreplacable data, but there are cheaper ways to go about it. With the rise in mp3s, digital photos etc users are requiring more and more storage. For instance I have 117GB of just music which would require me to sign up for the $199.95pm plan giving 200GB storage. That’s more than I pay for my server which has a 300GB harddrive!
Anyway, I proceeded to signup for the free trial as I was interested in trying out the service as it’s been a while since I evaluated an online backup service. I was a bit upset to see that I had to enter my credit card details to try out the service and if I didn’t cancel within 15 days I’d continue to be charged. I hate this, but I ploughed on anyway.
A small client (7.9MB) had be downloaded, but was easily installed with the minimum of fuss even on Vista. There wasn’t a lot of documentation which is really needed for consumers, although, there was a great wizard (pictured below) that allowed me to select what to backup. All I had to do was tick the boxes and then click ‘backup now’ and I was good to go.