Saturday, July 10, 2010

Review: MozyHome == awesome! You can save 10%!

If you don't care what I have to say about Mozy, skip to the bottom for the link to save 10%.

As my friends and I started our movie, we needed a place to backup our video and I was still looking for a good alternative to the "external hard drive". I looked at a few online backup places but they were all expensive or slow. DropBox was really expensive for backing up 50+ GBs, but I still use them for all my web project stuff. Carbonite was equally priced but they were slow in my initial tests (utilizing only 40% of my available bandwidth). Then I found Mozy, they offer unlimited space for $4.95/month and they can utilize my full bandwidth pipe!

A screenshot of the MozyHome Status screen from testing.

Now, from that screenshot it says 1.4 Mbps and my pipe is technically 1.5Mbps but it stays around 1.3-1.5 consistently, and this allows me to upload around 13GB of data per day. That really comes in handy when you upload a 30GB music library or if you film 4 times a week and every day is 10GB worth of video...

Their various restore options.

If something bad happens, you can restore via the client or you can have them conveniently send DVD's of your files. Since I have 12 Mbps internet, I don't think it would be too much of a hassle to download the data but in case I couldn't or wanted hard copies, I have that option. This was really important in my decision.

Their client works on Mac and Windows and it has predefined "backup sets" which automatically backup things like your financial data and browser bookmarks. I personally chose to not use most of them because I like the control of choosing the folders myself. You can set a schedule for when to backup:

I wanted to backup all day and I didn't really care about scheduling.

You can also set a throttle and backup speed. I throttle down the internet during the week from 9am to 5pm (as you will see grayed out as it is the weekend) because my remote desktop connection sucks if it is using all the internet :P Also, I set the Backup Speed to "Quicker Backups" because I want it to do whatever it can to backup, I have a brand new computer and it doesn't affect performance at all.

Finally, a new feature of Mozy 2.0 (by the way, this is the feature that sold me) is "Local Backup".
Mozy 2xProtect™ automatically backs up files locally to an external drive in addition to a Mozy data center for double protection of your personal and business information.
Basically, it will backup all my stuff to my external 1TB hard drive as well as online. This is amazing.

If you are looking for a backup service, I HIGHLY suggest MozyHome. I use it for all my backups and soon I'll be implementing it on my servers.

Yes, I make some money off the affiliate link but this post was designed to share my experience with MozyHome and not make money.

James Hartig

Thursday, July 8, 2010

SATA vs USB3.0 vs USB2.0

We recently bought a new Seagate 1TB SATA ES.2 hard drive (ST31000340NS) for our movie video and I decided to test out how it performed in USB3.0 enclosure, USB2.0 enclosure and then just straight SATA.

Our first test was creating a 500MB file with 10MB blocks and 50 blocks.

Our second test was creating 2 200MB files (10MB blocks again) threaded.

Finally, the last test was reading the first file.

As you can see, all three methods performed roughly the same. Every test was performed 5 times (I didn't have all day) and then averaged. Maybe if the hard drive was 6.0GB/s rated then we would have noticed more of a difference? Overall, I think the USB3.0 would only come in handy if you are reading and writing multiple files at once. We upgraded to USB3.0 because I needed a new hard drive enclosure anyways so why not just get the latest and greatest tech?

James Hartig