Mozy 2.0 Boosts Upload Speeds And Backs Up To External Drives

Windows: Backing up to an external USB drive is fast, but backing up to a web-based server is (literally) fireproof. Mozy 2.0 aims to split the difference, offering both faster cloud-based system backup and a new USB drive backup tool.

Mozy's long been one of Lifehacker's favourite online backup tools, included in our essential Windows downloads. The new Mozy 2.0 has a few features that long-time users are going to like upgrading to, including the automatic external drive backup that Mozy is calling 2xProtect. It's simply a fail-safe way to quickly back up files that might take a while to get onto Mozy's servers, and there aren't any options to tweak—set the drive, and Mozy creates a mozyLocalBackup folder that contains whatever sets, file rules or specific folders you choose to backup.

Mozy also claims to "prepare" files 75 percent faster, as well as opened up upload bandwidth by up to 25 percent. Most useful for Mozy users who actively use their connections, though, is a long-overdue pause button, available right from the main status window.

Mozy 2.0 is a free download for Windows systems only, with a Mac 2.0 to follow "later this year". Tell us what you think of the new Mozy in the comments.

Announcing Mozy 2.0 For Windows! [The Mozy Blog]


Comments

    I tried Carbonite a couple of months ago and absolutely hated it. Then, after reading about this new (2.0) Mozy software, I downloaded it yesterday and am giving it a try. My free, 2 GB account worked well, so I paid for just one month to give it a more extended test. I'm backing up my entire D drive (which contains all of my personal stuff) and am backing up every single file type (ISO, DLL, etc.). I'm a software engineer so the file types that don't matter to a lot of people definitely matter to me (I'm the one who wrote most of those DLLs after all). Upload speeds have been tremendous. Check out this screenshot:

    http://i49.tinypic.com/2zidj55.jpg

    So far, I couldn't be happier. If it keeps up like this, I'm not going to hesitate to pay 100 bucks for two years.

    There are two issues with Mozy that pain me:

    1. If you require to backup 1TB of data, you must have at 75% (750GB) of free space to do so, as instead of encrypting on the fly, it does so locally - and then pushes it down the pipe.

    2. The upload speed is pathetic at best. When comparing it to an as close to another 'cloud' backup: JungleDisk - which maps an S3 store as a disk on your machine; Mozy performs abysmally. Uploading at nearly 50% slower.

    I do not see Mozy being able to open their throttle, as it seems part of their model - "unlimited" - if you can get your data across, and they put a 'lot' of roadblocks in between.

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