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Old 01-08-2015, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Ditto, except I got a good, solid backup to the server and now I manually back up specific directories once a week on all connected computers. The reason is that if you get something like the OP did and it doesn't get caught before an auto backup - oops.

Having Home Server sure is nice.

I use Second Copy for backing up the server. It works as well for Windows.
I have WHS set to save 5 daily, 2 weekly, and 1 monthly image, so with something like the OPs attack (assuming that backup ran again and took an encrypted copy) I'd just pick an older backup.

We also use BackBlaze for offsite backup, but that's for catastrophic recovery as it's only select files.
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:51 AM
 
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Ditto, except I got a good, solid backup to the server and now I manually back up specific directories once a week on all connected computers. The reason is that if you get something like the OP did and it doesn't get caught before an auto backup - oops.
Exactly the reason I do a nightly backup of the real time backup
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Agree with Macroy, I would absolutely do a wipe even if it was my computer (very tech savvy). I'd prefer the piece of mind knowing I am on a fresh install. Not to mention I backup everything and have very few programs installed so a wipe and reload for me takes less then 2 hours and I am right back where I was.

A buddy turned me onto this: Bvckup
Does one job. Backs up your stuff. Does it perfectly. I've become quite the fan.
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:08 PM
 
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Is Carbonite a pretty good one to use for Back up?

I guess using One Drive (used to be Sky Drive) is just for Cloud Storage because I don't think it does automatic backup.
Is it safe for storage of photos and documents?

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Old 01-09-2015, 09:15 PM
 
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I've been using Carbonite for years and have been very pleased. I had a catastrophic loss on a client computer (client's employee thought they knew what they were doing - not) and the restore from Carbonite wasn't the fastest, but downloading a few hundred gig never is. Files are double encrypted when saved on their server so they're safe as can be.
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:48 AM
 
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I had a catastrophic loss on a client computer (client's employee thought they knew what they were doing - not) and the restore from Carbonite wasn't the fastest,
Is the learning curve high for an average person to learn how to "know what they are doing"?

What would happen if the back up started right after an attach from the "crptolocker virus" and my files have been encriped by that virus? Would Carbonite regnize that and not back them up to replace my good files they have stored?

Also, is it possible to use both Carbonite and also another back up such as "Just a Cloud"?
I know that may sound a little like over kill but after what happened to me, I feel a person can't be too careful

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Old 01-10-2015, 01:43 PM
 
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1. Is the learning curve high for an average person to learn how to "know what they are doing"?

2. What would happen if the back up started right after an attach from the "crptolocker virus" and my files have been encriped by that virus? Would Carbonite regnize that and not back them up to replace my good files they have stored?

3. Also, is it possible to use both Carbonite and also another back up such as "Just a Cloud"?
I know that may sound a little like over kill but after what happened to me, I feel a person can't be too careful.
1. That depends a lot on the person trying to learn, some have no issues grasping backup concepts, some couldn't do it if their life depended on it.

2. Carbonite has no way to tell the difference, the files themselves aren't infected, just encrypted, it would back them up like any other file. BUT, Carbonite I believe keeps previous backups to a point, so you could go to a backup that was done the day before and recover your files.

3. You can back up to as many different media as you want, personally I would suggest a local backup and a cloud backup, not 2 locals or 2 cloud services.
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Old 01-10-2015, 01:50 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Is the learning curve high for an average person to learn how to "know what they are doing"?

What would happen if the back up started right after an attach from the "crptolocker virus" and my files have been encriped by that virus? Would Carbonite regnize that and not back them up to replace my good files they have stored?

Also, is it possible to use both Carbonite and also another back up such as "Just a Cloud"?
I know that may sound a little like over kill but after what happened to me, I feel a person can't be too careful

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My advice would be to contact the providers (be it Carbonite, mozy, crashplan, Gacier, etc.) or take advantage of the trials, and then make a decision based on that.

And file corruption etc. can be an issue. Specifically to your question - Carbonite actually has a FAQ on it: https://carbonite.service-now.com/ca...ticle=KB002312

I'd guess most will keep different restore points. But some may only offer it on more expensive tiers. Again, I'd look at all options and pick the one that best fit your needs.

As for "just a cloud". Keep in mind that "cloud storage" ≠ "cloud backup". In a sense, you can certainly use both. But also keep in mind the difference. One is just storage - which you can certainly use to keep backups, but may not necessarily automatically be a backup solution.
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