It’s not that Mozy hasn’t been a great cloud-based service, especially for beginners. But the sudden price jump is catching many off-guard, especially users of the unlimited plan. Here’s where else you can look if you’ve got a good bit of data to back up.

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Let’s run through the options that our readers have commented on, emailed about, or have otherwise come to our attention. We’ll also share the costs for a few different levels of backup, and detail any bandwidth restrictions. As Adam discovered in his look at his Mozy account, the computer he was backing up the least was using 226 GB, so it’s good to think beyond just what you’ve got right now on a single hard drive.

BackBlaze

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Looking at all the options, and listening to our readers, BackBlaze seems the most likely to satisfy Mozy users experiencing sticker shock. Their pricing is similar, and they’re remarkably open about how their business works and what you’re getting.

It’s $5 per month for unlimited backup for one computer, or you can buy a year’s worth of backup for $50. Their software for and Mac automatically backs up the stuff you’d need if your computer ever went kaput, leaving out the OS, application, and cache/temp files. There are no bandwidth throttles or other caps, and they’ve been providing this backup since 2007.

BackBlaze’s CEO, Gleb Budman, told us that they can keep their unlimited backup plans rolling because of an “incredibly efficient cloud storage system.” BackBlaze maintains a data center where they also back up business accounts, and they’ve open-sourced their “Storage Pods” for other businesses to capitalize on. In other words, home backup seems like something like a “loss leader” to garner interest in BackBlaze’s other services—except they might not actually lose on $5 per month.

Carbonite

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Carbonite has long served as Mozy’s most direct competition, offering a similar unlimited backup service and covering much of the same ground. They don’t offer a 2 GB free plan, though, which might have made them a less familiar name among enthusiasts of all things free (ahem).

A Carbonite representative told us that the service “will continue to provide consumers with unlimted backup for a flat fee because doing so keeps things very simple for our customers.”

Their basic pricing model, for Windows and Mac systems.

  • 1 year – $54.95 (per computer) (about $4.58/month)
  • 2 years – $99.95 (per computer) (about $4.16/month)
  • 3 years – $129.95 (per computer) (about $3.61/month)

Their bandwidth capping seems pretty fair for the average home user, but in case you’ve got a whole lot of file-swapping going on, here’s their rules:

  • The first 35GB of data can achieve upload speeds of up to 2 mbps (megabits per second).
  • Between 35GB – 200GB of data can have the upload speeds reach up to 512 kbps (kilobits per second).
  • 200GB or more of data can be uploaded at up to 100 kbps (kilobits per second).

CrashPlan

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Got a friend with loads of extra storage space to spare? Have another always-on computer you’d like to back up to? CrashPlan backs up to those locations for free, and also offers a fairly cheap unlimited backup plan.

CrashPlan has a 10 GB plan for $24.99 per year, but that’s more like a big Dropbox than actual backup. Their system-friendly plans:

  • CrashPlan+ Unlimited: $49.99/YR (about $4.17 per month).
  • CrashPlan+ Family Unlimited: $119.99/YR for 2-10 computers (about $9.99 per month).

CrashPlan is also courting Mozy switchers directly: This link, pitched on their Twitter account and elsewhere, gets you 15 percent off your purchases.

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