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LagunaUser (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
This is not exactly a tax question. It is more of a business question. Does anyone recommend any "online data backup" service. I am concerned that it something catastrophic happens to my home office all of my business data would be unrecoverable and lost. I have done a "Google" search and many of these services are displayed. Maybe I'm a little paranoid but how do I know if some of these services are really just a scam to get access to my data. Any help or input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all!

1040man (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
I am concerned that it something catastrophic happens to my home office all of my business data would be unrecoverable and lost.

I make BU copies that go into my safety deposit box. Each time I mke BU's I just exchange them with the old ones. Of course it helps that my Credit Union is just down the street from my home.

TaxAssistCPA (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
I use Mozy Remote Backup for daily data back-up. A few times a year I use Acronis to clone my hard-drive to an external hard-drive which I store right in my office. I probably should store it off-site. You are right, online back-ups like Mozy and Carbonite could be a scam but I think someone would be on to them by now if there were any mischief going on.

Taxman7 (talk|edits) said:

September 18, 2007
Back up and back up again,,, 3 or 4 years ago my hard drive crashed, thankfully after 'tax season' , I had not made a backup in a couple of months, so I had to re-enter all the data for the returns I had prepared during this time,, if it had been in Feb. ,I hate to think, wow!, now I make frequent backups in the off season and daily in 'tax season'

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
A lot of the computer magazines run evaluations of this type service. I get "Smart Computing in Plain English" (I need the plain English), which is actually a very good mag, they have a website. If you have a lot to back up, and want the extra security, I say go for it.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
NSA's Technology Advisor has also reviewed these services. This large glossy broadsheet is my prime reason for belonging to this organization, though you must read between lines on the reviews of products.

LJACPA (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
I recently purchased (2) Western Digital back-ups called 'The Book'(an external harddrive). I can choose to "shadow' my hard drive, which I do every day. That way, if my computer is stolen, crashes, etc. all I have to do is purchase a new computer and load it up, files, programs, everything. I start it when I leave at night and take the other offsite and exchange them the next night. I've already had to test this when a pretty large payroll client's file in QB froze up and when I tried to reopen it I could not. I used the prior day's back up and found the file I needed and that was it. It was wonderful. I know there are other products out there like this, but this is so simple! My computer savvy, or lack there of, no doubt shows in this description/verbiage, but at around $120 each (and I got them when a rebate was available that cut the cost in half!) I just know it makes me a lot more comfortable when I leave each night.

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

September 18, 2007
I use on-line. I could put you in touch since they can get your data from anywhere. Just a business outfit, small, I know the owner...$50 per month for me. Runs every evening. With a home office, no matter what I did, my backups weren't secure in fire or flood. This is very professional. Called Fortress, based in Chicago area.

Mtmckeecpa (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
I use Sonic Wall for offsite storage, fire walls, etc... sonic wall

AKCCPA (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
I am actually going through this problem now. I had a raid setup in the computer for backup purposes. However, a defragmentation program went awry and has destroyed about 30% of my files. After this experience off-site storage is the only answer. Who knows what could happen in the office. It is worth the price for the peace of mind in my opinion. I have spent over $200 already just to restore what information I could but that is still 30% of my information lost.

Cfrcpa (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
Check out Carbonite. Has worked well for me and is inexpensive.

Dingodile (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
I use Carbonite as well. Good service.

Larry0434 (talk|edits) said:

19 September 2007
Good Question. I using a server with shadow back up to 5 array drive, tape drive and portable hard drive backup. Tapes and portable hard drives are taken off-site.

Hadlin (talk|edits) said:

21 January 2008
everyone still happy with carbonite that is using it?

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

21 January 2008
I use MyDocsOnline - and have a weekly auto backup of important files done.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

21 January 2008
I am curious about Carbonite too; I keep hearing ads on The Fan in NYC, and they give a discount. $50 a year I believe is the cost.

Hadlin (talk|edits) said:

21 January 2008
Carbonite seems too cheap especially with no size limitations.

D&T do you remember what the discount was? quickbooks now offers 150$/year for 10gb.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

21 January 2008
I don't; I just remembered hearing the price and that you type WFAN in the discount code. I also don't remember the size.

I have intellectual problems with QB for I know that $150 this year will surely be $225 next year, and then you will have to buy a personal seat license for another $50, and then they will obsolete what you already have so that you will have to spend $450 to update to current standards. My problem is that old 'fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." Or do I have that backwards?

Hadlin (talk|edits) said:

21 January 2008
found the discount. I think it is just a 30 day free trial. No big deal.

Ekcpa (talk|edits) said:

30 March 2008
just wanted to bring this to the top to see if anyones had problems with carbonite.

About to sign up.

RoyDaleOne (talk|edits) said:

30 March 2008
If you have ISP providing you a web site or web services you shold be able to back up to your own site.

Storage is cheap now, I use Acronis to image my drives. First to a USB drive, and I put that image off-site. Upgraded my drives and restored image, work like a champ.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

30 March 2008
Carbonite still working....of course, I have not had to restore anything yet!

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

30 March 2008
I'm with Roy, just call me trigger. Flash drives and portable backup drives are so cheap. The only benefit I would imagine from the others would be for automating the process.

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