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Best online/hard drive backup options?

I'm working on a write up for my end users for best methods to back up their data.

We've recently had a few data losses at a client and in every case it was desktop items or outlook archives that were lost because the user assumed everything and anything is backed up by "the server"

In short, I'm looking for two, simple, easy to use options for end users
Two things I'm looking for from this thread are:

1) Good online backup solutions

2a) Good backup software that comes pre-installed on a usb hard drive (Seagate, WD, Lacie, etc)

2b) Good backup software in general


For 1, pay/subscription based options are fine, and for 2b, free would be preferred but if it costs a little bit would be fine as well.


I'm well aware of decent backup solutions that we tech people would use, but I consider most of them to require at least some PC knowledge.
What i'm looking for is the easiest possible solutions for end users that is easy to understand and simple.


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So they have a server but no backup server?
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So they have a server but no backup server?

We have multiple servers serving multiple purposes. But company policy at this place is it must be on the network if it is important enough to be backed up.

As I can only assume you know, most people don't follow company policy, ESPECIALLY when it refers to that of a technical nature.

They do no do offline folders here (desktop/documents synched with server) for multiple reasons. As such, any documents users save on their desktop are not backed up by the server.
And users save shit on their desktop way more than they should.
Their problem? yes.

All I'm trying to do is make users aware of what is and isn't backed up (which I already have) and give them options as to what to do about it (the purpose of this thread)
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Same thing here. But I am very blunt with users, "Save it to your network drive (I show it to them), if it is not saved here, you are SOL if your PC dies. Period."
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Same thing here. But I am very blunt with users, "Save it to your network drive (I show it to them), if it is not saved here, you are SOL if your PC dies. Period."

Yeah, that's how I am too.
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not sure about corporate usage - but i have a Carbonite subscription (like $60/yr?) and it does unlimited backups

pretty good deal IMHO for something that requires zero input from me beyond the initial install - and having to manually tag large video files for backup (they're ignored by default to save bandwidth)
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Yeah, that's how I am too.

which is fine if you're an employee of the company but if the company in question is a client of the company you work for it's probably not an option



trying to remember what we used at the treasury, it was a real simple solution that did incrementals of the entire local profile on a weekly basis but the users could double click a single icon to initiate said backup whenever they wanted

I swear it started with a J, I have the disc for it at home but I won't be home for a few days at least

in other words, this post was pretty useless

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I have used crash plan pro with good results. The free version backs up offline, then they have a pro version for business that is online backup .

The pricing looks pretty interesting you tell it how many computers you have to back up and it give you a price for unlimited or a price a fixed amount of space.

https://www.crashplanpro.com/business/store.vtl

http://www.crashplan.com/
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