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Backup 138GB for less than $5 a month

Posted by onlydarksets on August 14, 2008

This topic came up at DHT, and I thought it was worth passing on.  The short version is that I have 138GB of data from 4 different computers backed up to the cloud for less than $5/month with remote access to everything, using a combination of FolderShare and Carbonite.

FolderShare is a p2p file sync and remote file access tool.  It doesn’t back anything up to the cloud, and it only works when both peers are online.  I use it more like a client/server tool, although you could set it up as more of a mesh, I believe.  In my case, I have:

  • HTPC/Fileserver
  • Home office PC
  • Work laptop
  • Home laptop

The HTPC serves as the main repository.  The other three PCs run FolderShare to sync up to it.  I don’t use it for larger media – only for documents, pictures, and music.  Some machines sync up different things with the HTPC, but the HTPC gets everything.

Carbonite is an online backup service that offers unlimited backups for a single PC for $50/year.  Carbonite runs on the HTPC, and everything goes to the cloud.  For under $5/month.

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