25 February 2011

Free Online Backup Services: Zumo Drive Vs DropBox - A Combination

I have utilized two kinds of online backup software, that are, Zumo Drive and DropBox, in my computer to backup some of my important documents since last few weeks. It is very important to backup our important documents in various methods, such as print it out, store it in external harddisk, burn it in DVD/CD etc. However, if natural disaster attacks our place, these kind of hardware backup methods look like quite useless and risky. Online backup, on the other hand, can be considered as one kind of remote backup via internet. Therefore, this method is quite promissing to variate our backup methods in such a way that our data can be stored safety. Before I explain how I have combined both Zumo Drive and DropBox to make my backup system looks like more variety and safer, let me introduce these service as below:

1. Zumo Drive (1GB + 1GB*)
After free signup Zumo Drive, you will be given  one GB free storage. The other free 1 GB will be given after you completed list of simple activities, that are, read its introduction, install the software to your pc, upload some files, etc. In other words, you will be given another 1 GB after you know how use the software via its provided instruction (ZumoDrive Black Belt). 
Besides, up to 5GB free space will be given when you invite your friend to use this free service. (256 MB free space for each friend who signs up and installs for ZumoDrive).

2. Dropbox
Dropbox is pretty simple compare to ZumoDrive. All you need to do is "drop" the file you want to Dropbox folder. All modified documents in Dropbox folder will be sync instantly and automatically. The advantage of Dropbox is its undo or undelete function ("Pack-rat") that give you a chance to restore your deleted files within 30 days.
Besides, up to 8GB free space will be given when you invite your friend to use this free service. (250 MB free space for each friend who signs up and installs for Dropbox).

3. Difference between Zumo Drive and DropBox
Few special features Zumo Drive has are: You can open it via your Yahoo! account; and you can "link" those files you want to backup directly without changing its directory or location. For Dropbox user, however, you need to move those files to DropBox folder.
4. Combine both Zumo Drive and DropBox
To make your online backup safer and to avoid problems due to server down, I do recommend you to use both Zumo Drive and DropBox together. What I do is just put all the files and documents I want to backup to the DropBox folder, and then, link them to Zumo Drive. In other words, once I modified or update any file in Dropbox, my Zumo Drive will update and backup it as what Dropbox do. One stone kills two birds.
5. Pre-cautions
However, that are few things we need to pay attention. First, never ever let the synchonization settling in default. Use your right to determine which file can be shared and uploaded. Second, never ever backup your password in internet. Last but not least, don't forget to use your external hard disk to backup your files from time to time.

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Written by: Xaivier Chia

Note: You can signup these services now via clicking the link below. This will credit some free storage to me as stated in this post. In fact, you will be given a 250MB bonus when signup Zumo Drive via the invitation of me. Thanks for your help. Sign up Zumo Drive; Sign up Dropbox;

-------------------------------- Update: 14 April 2011
In our latest post, we share some tips to get extra free space up to 18.8GB in DropBox free user account.
Do visit your post of Dropbox - Get extra space free up to 18.8GB.

-------------------------------- Update: 7 April 2011
Dropbox: For every friend who joins and installs Dropbox, we'll give you both 250 MB of bonus space (up to a limit of 8 GB)!
Invitation link: http://db.tt/VztOSJR

ZumoDrive: Create a 2GB account FREE! Plus a 250MB bonus from Xaivier
Invitation link: http://zumo.cc/dr/dir/19bdODM3ZT

-------------------------------- Update: 16 March 2011
After few weeks using these online automatics backup services, I found some of my file will corrupt, e.g. Endnote. It was because I changed the files during the files was uploading. Therefore, it may be a good idea to pause or exit the software first when you are doing quick and frequent modification, such as update your Endnote database.

-------------------------------- Update: 17 April 2012
Motorola will be shutting down ZumoDrive!!!
"This is an important ZumoDrive service announcement. You are receiving this email because you have an active ZumoDrive account.
Motorola is excited to announce that we’ll be moving over to MotoCast to continue delivering innovative, cost effective solutions for accessing, sharing, and consuming your digital content. MotoCast provide seamless, instant access to all your computer's content from your smartphone, tablet or even another computer safely and securely. Stream your own music, videos, photos and files without the burden and cost of uploading to a public cloud. For more information or to download the free MotoCast application please visit http://www.mymotocast.com.
As part of this transition to MotoCast, Motorola will be shutting down ZumoDrive. After June 1, 2012, ZumoDrive users will no longer be able to use the service. Any content remaining in your ZumoDrive account beyond June 1, 2012 will be securely deleted along with all account records.
If you want to retrieve your data stored on ZumoDrive, we strongly recommend you take action as soon as possible to download it. We have made it easy for you. All you have to do is:
  1. Get the ZumoDrive downloader tool from here:
- Windows downloader: https://d1tsx1og7dz7v4.cloudfront.net/ZumoDrive+Downloader.exe
- Mac downloader: https://d1tsx1og7dz7v4.cloudfront.net/ZumoDrive+Downloader.zip
  1. Log in with your ZumoDrive account within the ZumoDrive downloader
  2. Choose a location on your hard drive to save all of your ZumoDrive files
  • Make sure that you have enough space on your hard drive for everything in your ZumoDrive account.
For more information, see our support article at http://support.zumodrive.com/kb/general/how-to-use-the-zumodrive-downloader-tool and see answers to frequently-asked questions at http://support.zumodrive.com/kb/general/zumodrive-shutdown-faq.
Note: Users of HP Cloud Drive, HP Web Service Store Bundle Customers, Cruz Sync and Toshiba App Place Bundle subscribers are unaffected by this shutdown and can continue to use their ZumoDrive powered service. ZumoCast service is also unaffected by this shutdown.
We thank you for your support and use of ZumoDrive. We look forward to sharing the new MotoCast experience with you!
The ZumoDrive Team"



Carlos said...

Dropbox for sure... but the best for me is sugarsync....

i run both dropbox and sugarsync on my pc... and i think sugarsync is
better thant dropbox.... highly recommended... not talking about other
funtions, the space is 5GB

PS: If you wish to join sugarsync, feel free (if you wish so)
to use my personal link to get an extra 500megas to your account (5,5GB)
(... and yes i get 500megas also... but the good think is that for
every person you recomend you get 500megas extra without any limit...
very good indeed). The link is:


Xaivier Chia said...

Hi Carlos,

Yup, I heard about sugarsync already. But due to the fact that I only use small capacity ( < 2G) for online storage for the sake of safety and privacy purpose, I think the capacity is not so important for me to consider.

Anyway, thanks for your suggestion. All the best.

Ruby said...

Sigh! What a sad story for Zumo drive. Truly, Deepfreeze is one of the most popular online storage services. They even expand their already free capacity through referrals!
Ruby Badcoe

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