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S3 works better for me than Mozy.
Authored by: bjdraw on Feb 11, '08 10:37:57AM
I was using mozy and although it saved me once, what a pain to do a full system restore.

I was backing up about 40GB which took about a month to finally complete despite the fact that I have 5Mbps upload on my FiOS connection. I use S3 just as the tip suggests now and I constantly see 5Mbps throughput. (just to check I tried Mozy again and it was still way under 1Mbps)

Mozy was always backing up more data then I thought it needed to, meaning more data then had changed since the last backup and combined with the slow speeds caused backups to fail all the time.

But in the end the real reason I stopped using it was the restore process is ridiculous. I had to sign into their site and request the files. It took almost 24 hours for them to have my files ready. Then I had to download 100 dmg files, mount them one by one and copy my data back to where it was.
This took me a good part of a day.

So now, I use Time Machine for regular backups and I use s3 for weekly backups. I only keep one version on S3. I still have about 40GB and my cost is about the same. And with S3 I can copy one file at anytime using S3 Broswer or sync my entire directory structure back with one s3sync command. The ease of backup and restore combined with the S3's ability to max out my 20/5 FiOS connection makes it worth the hassle to setup and price.

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