Is Carbonite Easy to Use?

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

What would you recommend I do to make a back up for all my PC data if my PC ever goes to Cyber Heaven…

I downloaded Carbonite for the 15 day free trial, now they are after me, so to speak, wanting me to sign up for one of their plan offers.

I think I would find that should a time ever come for me to retrieve my back up, the site says it is easy to do myself. Really?


Dear Richard,

Actually, I think that Carbonite is one of the easiest backup and restore methods available.

Once you install the program (which you already have since you used the 15 day free trial) you really don’t have to think about your backup any more. Carbonite automatically backs up your files as you make changes to them, or create new ones. You don’t have to remember how to do anything else.

In the event that you need to recover your files, all you need to know is your user name and password that you created with Carbonite, and you can log in and retrieve your files.

If you run into difficulty, you can either call them for help, or have your local computer shop help you get your files back.

Think about it this way, if you use Carbonite, your files are backed up, and you can get them back even if you need help to do so. If you don’t use Carbonite and your computer crashes, you won’t have the option of getting your files back with or without someone helping you.



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    • Brokerwv
    • February 22, 2014

    I absolutely hated Carbonite. It took days to back up my system. And on two different occasions I had to download my documents from Carbonite and it took 5 days to download. They now offer a CD, but, of course, that cost more. When I downloaded my information, many things were missing in my files. I went out and bought an external drive and do my own backup. Carbonite was a nightmare to me.

    • Adela
    • February 24, 2014

    What does anyone think or know about “JustCloud”? Just reading about it but I was hoping to find a list of a few of them recommended…

    What I’m looking for is a backup/recover program that’s not only easy to backup but also to retrieve when needed.

    Thanks for any ideas. :o)

    • Rhino
    • February 24, 2014

    Just remember, it is active all the time… sort of like Dropbox.

    The downsides are 1) everything that you do, gets loaded into the cloud thereby using up data which could be important if you have a capped plan, and 2) if you get clobbered by ransomeware i.e. cyberlocker then your backup will be compromised too.

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