Data Security: 29 Services and Techniques to Backup Your Hard Drive

Web designers, especially those who work from home, need to have a system in place to back up their hard drive on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this typically becomes a priority only after a disastrous loss of data has already occurred.

There are a number of methods to go about backing up a hard drive, and there are almost countless online services that can help you with this task. Some are free and others charge on a monthly or yearly basis. Personally, I would stay away from free services. If your data is important enough to backup continually, isn’t it worth paying a few dollars a month for a better service and peace of mind?

In this article we’ll take a quick look at some of the leading options for backing up your hard drive online, as well as link out to a few tutorials for doing things on your own. Many of the services listed here are extremely similar. Most offer automatic backups at time intervals that you can set and adjust. Free trial offers are very common, and they have been listed here whenever possible. Some of the free trials don’t even require you to enter any credit card information until after the trial period is over. In a few cases, I could not find prices on their website, which makes me a bit leery. The services and prices are most likely competitive, but with so many other options available, I doubt I would ever sign up for a free trial of a service not knowing what the full service will cost on an ongoing basis.



Award winning online backup from PC Magazine. License is $3.95 per month with storage costs of $0.50 per GB.


First Backup

Prices as low as $39 per year for 100 MB and go up to $90 per year for 1 GB. There are other options for corporate accounts, multiple computers, etc.



30 day free trial. Home plans starting at $9.95 per month and business plans at $24.95 per month.

Data Protection Services


30 day free trial. Starting at $89 per month. Specializes in dealing with businesses.



$49.95 per year no matter how much you need to backup. 15 day free trial.



Prices start at $9.95 per month for 10 GB and go up to $299.95 per month for 300 GB. Free trial. Award winning service.

Data Deposit Box

Data Deposit Box

$2 per GB per month. Free trial.



30 day free trial. Plans start at 10 GB for $14.95 per month.

Spare Backup

Spare Backup

14 day free trial, no credit card needed. Plans start at $6.99 per month for 50 GB.

Athena Backup

Athena Backup

14 day free trial. $4.95 per month or $54.45 for one year.

Drive HQ

Starts free. $2.99 per month for 2 GB.

Remote Data Backups

30 day free trial. Prices start at $19.95 for 100 MB.


Prices start at $5.95 per month for 1 GB.


Secure Online hard drive 30 days free, starts at $431.90 for 5 users.


30 day free trial. Residential and business packages. Residential starts at $4 per month for 3 GB and business packages start at $20 per month for 10 GB.

U.S. Data Trust

Targets businesses, prices start at $75 per month for 5GB.

Angel Backup

Free 30 day trial. Prices start at $1.95 per month for 2 GB.


Prices start at $19.95 per month for 4 GB.


2 GB free. For $4.95 per month or $49.50 per year you get unlimited backups and storage space.

Iron Mountain

Pricing not given.

Net Standard

30 day free trial. Price not listed.


Free trial, no mention of pricing.

Storage Guardian

30 Day free trial. I don’t see pricing anywhere on their website.

Technology Business Solutions

Remote data backup $35 per machine per month.


5 GB for free, 50 GB for $9.95 per month.


Stores backups of your data on the computers of your “buddies”. Free.

(Addition) Backup Technology

Offers online backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Prices are not listed on the site, but you can contact them for a quote or to request a trial.

Tutorials for Backing Up Your Hard Drive Yourself:

Lifehacker – Automatically backup your hard drive

A tutorial by Gina Trapani for Windows PC users. This method uses an external hard drive, an FTP server, and SyncBack freeware.

Mac OS X – How to backup and restore files

Mac users can get instructions here. There are a few different methods explained, including the .Mac backup application, third-party backup applications, and the manual method.

Lifehack – 4 ways to automatically backup your hard drive

A tutorial for creating your own script to backup your hard drive.

What’s Your Experience?

Have you used any of the services listed here, or others? Do you use some other method for backing up your hard drive?

Looking for hosting? WPEngine offers secure managed WordPress hosting. You’ll get expert WordPress support, automatic backups, and caching for fast page loads.

22 Responses

Comments are now closed on this post.

  • LGR, February 17, 2008

    I have been using Mozy since last August. I have been very pleased with it so far. Pretty much set and forget. No need to fuss with it. I even backs up locked files. One of the best investments I have made.

  • Dustin Coates, February 17, 2008

    I’ve been using Sugarsync for about the past week and it’s been working so far. It’s currently in beta but it has a great feature set–your own website where you can access your files, plus you can access them from your internet-enable mobile phone.

    It looks like it’s a really good service.

  • Carl C, February 17, 2008

    For the past few weeks I have been working with Nomadesk ( and its quite a nice app. They dont sell it as a backup sollution but you can use it as that since they dont have any traffic/storage limits.

    Had to call their helpdesk for a problem though but they are friendly guys.

  • Gadgets, February 18, 2008

    I would like to add backup platinum, I just reviewed it on my site and it is a marvel

  • Ruchir Chawdhry, February 18, 2008

    Awesome resource list. I’m sure it’ll help me when I move back to my home country and get broadband…

  • RooYo, February 18, 2008

    I’ve been using Sugarsync for about the past week and it’s been working so far. It’s currently in beta but it has a great feature set–your own website where you can access your files.

  • Jonas, February 18, 2008

    Thanks for this great list! I’ve only heard good things about Mozy, so I think I’ll try it out. But the price seems to be different from what you’ve listed in the post. From what I can tell the price for unlimited backup is $4.95 per month (without paying per GB), and that sounds great!

  • Matthew Griffin, February 18, 2008

    Wonderful list, Steven. I highly recommend Mozy. I’ve been using it for a few months now and I’m extremely impressed.

  • tv brackets, February 18, 2008

    I have to confess I have always tended to think of the server I upload to as my backup. And of course my computer is the backup for the server. I know this is not a good arrangement. I will look into some of the options you have pointed out.

  • David Harper, February 18, 2008

    This is a great list!

    Zenith Infotech also offers an excellent backup and disaster recovery solution, available through their resellers. Their solution is very good for small to mid-sized organizations. It’s a step up from some of the ones you have listed, both in terms of what it does for you but also in terms of price. I don’t think they are targeting sole practicioners as much as small shops (between 5 and 50) where a reasonably robust business continuity solution is needed.

    Thanks for assembling such a great list of backup and recovery options.

  • Vandelay Design, February 18, 2008

    Thanks to everyone who left feedback from their personal experiences. Sounds like Mozy is a popular choice, which I kind of expected. Part of the reason I did this post was to research options that would be more effective than what I currently do.

  • cayumi, February 21, 2008

    Thanks for this information

  • tattoo removal cream, February 23, 2008

    Fascinating resource list. it’ll help me a lot. Thanks for this information.

  • Maxiorel, February 24, 2008

    Great list! Thanks for a lot information available at one place. I have ‘stumbled’ this page.
    Could I recommend a website with everyday backup tips? Maybe someone would be interested. The website runs at

  • Using such a hdd will definitely save my data in safety :)

  • Remote Data Backup, May 13, 2009

    I use Storage Guardian myself, and really like their service

  • CoreVault, August 10, 2009

    Have you checked out CoreVault? It’s a very reliable and very secure service.

  • Dan, November 3, 2009

    My company ShareFile offers a business data back-up solution. While we don’t recommend using us for backing up an entire hard drive, we are good for really important files.

    I personally have used Box and the storage that comes with pretty good stuff.

    I think i have a Mozy account, but never gave it a try.

  • iphone backup, December 18, 2009

    its great to discuss about backup solution. I also found backup solution for Apple devices like iPhone, iPod. iPhone backup is used to tranfer iPhone files to computer and vice versa. File tranfer iPhone is necessay to protect data from corruption or loss situations. The application is also known as iPhone copy software that means it just copy your data to computer so that you can play dvd videos on iPhone and iphone videos on computer. I think the information will help you.

  • Johnny, June 8, 2010

    I didn’t saw Dmailer anywhere in that list :| Dmailer is a cool program too and also free and with much more features than most of this softwares . Can you review it and also maybe in your further topics post it.