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Price when rated: 15-day unlimited trial, free; unlimited storage, $55 per computer per year.

Pros

  • Performs basic backups and restores

Cons

  • Lack of storage of older versions
  • Limited throttle control
  • No scheduling option
  • Missing features included in Windows version of the software (the company plans to add those features in future versions)
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Price when rated: Unlimited storage, $5 per month per computer.

Pros

  • Bandwidth test shows how much data you can back up per day at the current rate
  • Easy to get started

Cons

  • Complex exclusion process
  • No scheduling
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Price when rated: Unlimited storage, $54 per year for one computer or $100 per year for two or more computers.

Pros

  • Simplicity
  • Good pricing
  • Multiple destinations (hosted, local, peer-to-peer) integrated in one package

Cons

  • Mystifying omission of multiple backup set selection given multiple destination approach
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Price when rated: 2GB, free; unlimited storage, $5 per month per computer.

Pros

  • Terrific initial backup selection set
  • Simple approach for basic use

Cons

  • Controls and status windows are split into too many pieces
  • Restore software failed on one computer
  • Backup halted due to bugs for four weeks on one computer (fixed in a subsequent release)
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Price when rated: $2 per month plus 15 cents per GB per month for storage; additional transfer fees for S3.

Pros

  • Access to cloud storage as volumes
  • Multiple volumes with separate backup set selection
  • Fine-grained selection and exclusion options
  • Finder-mountable volumes

Cons

  • Metered cost for every action in S3
  • Too many options
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Price when rated: 2GB, free; each 100GB, $10 per month or $100 per year.

Pros

  • None

Cons

  • CPU usage with large files made computer unusable, also preventing restore operations from completing
  • Scheduling option doesn’t allow a duration or stop time
  • Pricing comparatively high compared to most of the other services
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Price when rated: 2GB, free; 150GB, $5 per month or $50 per year for up to five computers.

Pros

  • Finder-mountable drive

Cons

  • Confusing interface
  • Poor scheduling tool
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