Carbonite Review: Cloud Backup

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 7
      • Functionality
      • 8
      • Ease of Installation/Ease of Use
      • 8.5
      • Performance
      • 7
      • Cost Benefits
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 7.70
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Backs up data to remote location
    • Relatively easy to use
    • Can be set for auto backup
  • Cons

    • Requires Internet connection to backup or restore
    • No easy-to-read progress indicator

When it comes to cloud storage, Carbonite is known as one of the better storage options available. Carbonite takes great measures to ensure that its servers are protected from any potential disaster, ensuring user\’s data remains safe and intact. Storing and backing up important data is crucial for most people today, and Carbonite offers a decent service for cloud backup. The latest version, Carbonite 5.0, is offered in 3 versions, which include unlimited storage with a yearly subscription.


Subscribers can choose from the Home Edition at $59, Home Plus at $99 and Home Premier at $149. The unlimited storage is a nice feature; however, Carbonite limits backups to only one laptop or PC. Small businesses, or those who need to back up more than one computer, can pay $229 a year to back up more than one computer; this includes external drives and network attached storage (NAS).

NotebookReview found Carbonite easy to use during testing, however, once the back-up started, the process became vague. Carbonite prompted testers, letting them know the backup could be completed in up to a week and that it would slow down after 200GB of downloads or for any file exceeding 4GB.  Although there were some limitations, NBR felt Carbonite was a decent choice for cloud backup, but that it may not be suited to be the only backup solution for users.



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