Review Of iBackup Online Backup Service

iBackup Interface

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.

IBackup Wizard

16 Responses to Review Of iBackup Online Backup Service

  1. Thilak February 7, 2007 at 6:23 pm #

    Interesting! iBackup seems to have allocated a large share for paid reviews. I wrote one too..

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    Everton February 7, 2007 at 6:25 pm #

    I hope you didn’t scare them away as well!

  3. Thomas March 14, 2007 at 11:52 am #

    I think you cannot use online storage services just to backup whatever you want. An online storage service like IBackup comes into play when you don’t want to lose data that is very important to you. Instead, if you try to backup 100 GB at one go, it might take weeks to finish the task and your computer might crash also..

    IBackup will send you external USB hard drives or Snapservers, if you want to do an initial backup of 100GB or more of data. You can plug-in the external hard drives directly to your computer via USB, do an initial backup directly onto the device and ship the devices back to IBackup. Once user’s data is transferred from these devices to IBackup’s data centers, users can continue incremental backups online. If you don’t want to lose data that is critical to you, an online storage service like IBackup will be the best. I don’t think Xdrive and Streamload will do something like this.

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    Everton March 14, 2007 at 12:10 pm #

    But on a home PC the files that are valuable tend to be photos and music i.e. big files. Home PCs don’t tend to have a lot of documents i.e. small files that need saving, so that’s why I think that the way that online backup services are currently structured and priced doesn’t make them attractive to the mass market.

  5. Jennifer March 14, 2007 at 6:05 pm #

    Check out the rankings of online backup companies at:

    http://www.BackupReview.info

  6. Sam March 22, 2007 at 3:11 am #

    I had searched for an affordable online backup service for almost 1 year. and I am now using DriveHQ service. You cannot find any better online backup service than DriveHQ.com. Please look at their website and live flash demo:
    http://www.drivehq.com/backup/

  7. David March 23, 2007 at 3:30 am #

    If ibackup was solely a backup solution, then your point would be legitimate. If you’re looking for an offline storage solution only, then a more affordable route would Mozy where you can store unlimited data for $4.95/mo. What makes ibackup attractive to many users is the file sharing capability. It is an excellent way to collaborate and share/sync files. I own a web development company and work with many contractors, ibackup is the best way we have found to share project files and keep things in sync. We used to use groove’s p2p tool, but this was problematic, especially with certain contractors overseas with spotty internet connections.

  8. Jennifer March 23, 2007 at 4:09 pm #

    For online backup news, information and articles, there is an excellent website:

    http://www.BackupReview.info

    This site lists more than 400 online backup companies and ranks the top 25 on a monthly basis.

    Any one can add their company in the directory. Just click on the “Search” button found at the top.

    Cheers,

  9. Steve Segal March 24, 2007 at 1:53 am #

    I have looked at iBackup in the past for some clients of mine, I went through a week long due diligence process. I settled on BackupRight http://www.backupright.com but iBackup was in my top 3.

    BTW, Nice review, even if it was paid. ;)

  10. Kevin April 17, 2008 at 9:15 am #

    “Nice review, even if it was paid”

    What do you mean Steve? Are ibackup paying people to say nice things about them? So much for “free” press. I use http://www.backupanytime.com and they haven’t offered me payment to say nice things about them. I suppose they do backup my data.

    I would conclude by putting backupanytime as my first choice, followed by the highest bidder between backupright and ibackup
    (:
    Kev

  11. Kevin April 17, 2008 at 9:15 am #

    “Nice review, even if it was paid”

    What do you mean Steve? Are ibackup paying people to say nice things about them? So much for “free” press. I use http://www.backupanytime.com and they haven’t offered me payment to say nice things about them. I suppose they do backup my data.

    I would conclude by putting backupanytime as my first choice, followed by the highest bidder between backupright and ibackup
    (:
    Kev

  12. jeduardo December 26, 2008 at 9:48 pm #

    I have been using IBackup for several years and while it is quite good (easy interface, fast backup) I found a better/cheaper solution. You sign up for Amazon S3 storage service and only pay for the storage you use ($.015 per GB-month) and not some fixed limit like other services. To iterface with S3 I use JungleDisk (recently purchased by RackSpace) which is a one-time cost of $20 and their Plus service is just and extra $1/mo. Initial backup is time-consuming no matter what service you use but you can still use your machine while uploading using JungleDisk. After the initial upload, subsequent backups are fast (block-level update and resume) using JungleDisk Plus. A local SQLite database keeps track of your backups so you only upload files if they are newer. It also allows you to save unlimited previous copies of files (versioning) which is great for programmers who want to maintain earlier versions of software source code.

  13. jeduardo December 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm #

    I have been using IBackup for several years and while it is quite good (easy interface, fast backup) I found a better/cheaper solution. You sign up for Amazon S3 storage service and only pay for the storage you use ($.015 per GB-month) and not some fixed limit like other services. To iterface with S3 I use JungleDisk (recently purchased by RackSpace) which is a one-time cost of $20 and their Plus service is just and extra $1/mo. Initial backup is time-consuming no matter what service you use but you can still use your machine while uploading using JungleDisk. After the initial upload, subsequent backups are fast (block-level update and resume) using JungleDisk Plus. A local SQLite database keeps track of your backups so you only upload files if they are newer. It also allows you to save unlimited previous copies of files (versioning) which is great for programmers who want to maintain earlier versions of software source code.

  14. Stacie Revard February 22, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    Hmm, some of your images aren’t showing up.. are you hotlinking?

  15. Stacie Revard February 22, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    Hmm, some of your images aren’t showing up.. are you hotlinking?

  16. Mauri March 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    I think iBackup is great.I used it for a year and quit for certain reasons and i’m currently using a backup software called Safecopy backup.I got to know about it at http://www.backuplineup.com