Mozy Alternatives for Individuals & Families

December 26, 2010

Mozy is one of the most popular online backup services for individuals. The main reason is because it is only $4.95 a month for unlimited storage, the lowest cost solution that exists.

I personally use the service and while it currently suits most of my needs, it has two main drawbacks. The first is lack of mobile access. I would love to be able to access my backup files and photos from my phone. According to their GetSatisfaction page, this option should have been available more than a year ago. The second is the constant number of unsuccessful backup attempts I’ve encountered. Once a month, the application stops updating and I have to contact Mozy and provide them with remote access to obtain a fix.

I opted for the Mozy annual plan when I signed up because I saved ten percent. Will I stay after my subscription is over? I’m not sure but I’ve explored other solutions in the meantime and here are the top Mozy alternatives I’ve found. You can also compare backup plans using a comparison chart.

1. – Close to Mozy’s monthly subscription at $4.99 (for 30GB of storage), the most notable features of the service include:

  • A 30-day free trial of any plan from 30GB to 250GB
  • Compatible with PCs and Macs
  • Offer mobile applications with photos and music automatically synced to your computer without needing to download them
  • File sharing & file restoration for up to 5 versions

2. – This service is a little more expensive at $9.95/month for 10GB of storage but they have a lot more features, specifically around collaboration. It also includes:

  • Compatible with PCs, Macs and Linux
  • Allow users to create sub-accounts so multiple people can work on the same files
  • Provide full-text search capabilities
  • Offer file sharing and versioning
  • Phone support is available

3. ElephantDrive -This service offers plans specifically for individuals and families starting at $9.95 for 100GB of storage or $19.95 a month for 500GB of storage. See below for a list of their top features:

  • A free 2GB trial
  • Compatible with PCs and Macs
  • Unlimited storage plan is available
  • File sharing is available as well as file versioning for the last 30 days or one year for the personal account and family account consecutively
  • Up to two PCs can use the personal account and 5 devices can use the family account

ElephantDrive is currently offering two months for free when you purchase their annual plan.

4. Carbonite – Like Mozy, Carbonite does not have a variety of storage options, they only offer unlimited. Some of their noteworthy features include:

  • A free 15-day trial with unlimited storage
  • Compatible with PCs and Macs
  • Offer full-text file searches
  • Phone support is available

What are your favorite backup options and why? Are there other Mozy alternatives you want us to know about? Leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list.

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