Carbonite 4 Review (Online Backup Service For Windows & Mac OS X)Written by John Thompson on September 25, 2010 · Filed under Review, Software
Carbonite, an online backup tool for both Windows and Mac OS X that has been around for a while now, in fact we reviewed Carbonite on Zath this time last year, however it’s recently gotten a major version update to 4.0, with new features for you to sink your teeth in to!
So what’s been added since the last time we saw Carbonite? There are three main features which have been added to version 4.0: the restore manager; a new custom setup option and a redesigned info centre too.
“Carbonite has always been about ease-of-use and our product team was charged with further-simplifying the restore process in Carbonite 4.0,” said David Friend, founder and CEO of Carbonite. “
We focused on restore because it’s the most important part of any online backup service. Too often in our industry, the focus falls on the initial backup process and features, but restore is where an online backup product has to deliver on its promise. Carbonite 4.0’s Restore Manager sets a new standard for getting files back.”
The restore manager of Carbonite 4 now allows you to restore files from your online backup with ease – after all, the only reason you back up all of your data in the first place is because at some point you may have to get it back – and you can now easily specify whether you would like to restore an entire hard drive, a certain folder, or maybe just a file that you’ve backed up.
The interface of the restore manager makes this really easy, with your folders and files displayed in a columnar fashion. This allows you to see at a glance all of the folders that you have backed up, but also where they came from on your drive. For example, if I wanted to restore a file from my documents folder, I would go to my restoration data, and select “Snow Leopard”, “Users”, “John” and “Documents” before selecting the file from the folder itself.
This also makes it really easy to put a file back where it originally was as well, so you know where it belongs straight from the backup file. Simple!
Additional Features and Improvements
The new custom setup option in Carbonite 4 allows you to not only customise what is backed up, but also set a backup schedule and manage your own encryption key for your backups.
In addition to the brand new custom setup, there is a completely re-designed information centre, which now focuses on primary backup and restore tasks for the user. You will also find a migration wizard which will allow users of Carbonite on Windows to restore all of their files.
This is made as simple as possible as Carbonite remembers your file structure from the initial backup so that all of the files are restored in to the right folders. Next to versioning, which allows you to keep track of various versions of the same files, Carbonite 4 may just be the perfect backup tool that you’ve always needed.
Pricing and Availability
Perhaps one of the most significant features for UK customers, however, isn’t even related to the Carbonite software itself. If you are in the UK, you can now purchase Carbonite from the company’s UK website for £41.95 (one year subscription fee).