The hidden cost of online storage and backup

3 Mar

There are many different options available now for online storage, backup and synchronisation and a range of charges for these services. Many providers offer free storage space, but there is a hidden cost that will affect many users.

My current broadband package has a monthly usage limit of 10GB, which is just about enough for me at the moment, but if I was to start using an online backup service and start uploading large chunks of data, it could quite easily push me over the limit.

Of course there are ways around it, I could increase my usage limit or just go over the limit and pay the extra charges, but either way there is an extra expense that needs to be considered.

Ultimately I know that I will need to upgrade my broadband account in the future, but until that time I am going to stick with burning DVDs of my data on a regular basis and storing them off-site as part of my backup routine.

One Response to “The hidden cost of online storage and backup”

  1. msargena March 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Personally John I find Dropbox to be a godsend. Not only does it provide an automatic backup, but it happily synchronises my PC, Laptop and notebook. Other than the initial upload, there is no big data transfers, because it only looks at the files that have changed. Of course, what suits one doesn’t suit all, but I for one couldn’t now couldn’t live with out it, particularly as otherwise I am too lazy in my backup routines.

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