I used to use Mozy a year or two ago, but the service was too spotty. I got errors all the time and it took forever to create the first backup. That is, I left it on 24/7 and I think it took well over a month. Maybe it’s better today. I then didn’t use anything but external hard drives , and then more recently I signed up for Carbonite which I’ve now been using for several months. Other than Carbonite’s lack of support for backing up external hard drives I can’t complain about much, except that I just realized that Carbonite seriously slows down my computer, which is funny because you’d think they would work really hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Now, before anyone says “Well, you can’t use it on old, slow computers” I’m using dual 2.0 GHz processors with 2 GB of RAM. Yeah, I could get a faster machine, but this should be plenty fast to run Carbonite without everything else slowing down to a crawl.
For a few months I had no idea what it was. Video playback was choppy, and many heavier programs like Photoshop and Illustrator were slow the open. But it was off and on. Sometimes things would be slow and sometimes they wouldn’t be. Of course now I know that’s because sometimes Carbonite was backing up and sometimes it wasn’t, depending on whether there was anything to back up.
The solution was pretty straightforward–schedule Carbonite to only run at nights, instead of all the time. I just wish I had known earlier that Carbonite was the issue.