The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Another step towards free .Mac!

Another feature that is very important about .Mac is the possibility of doing backups that are stored on the Web. You don't want to run the risk of your backups being destroyed in a fire or whatever else that could happen to your house. The downside of .Mac is that you only get 1 GB of storage that is shared with your email. There are many alternatives out there, but one that I really like is Mozy. Mozy offers a good solution for Macs at a great price. You actually don't pay anything for the basic 2 GB of storage (more than .Mac). There is also a premium version at $4.95 per month for unlimited storage. The application will let you choose what you want to backup from your hard drive. You can let Mozy generate an encryption key or use your own. You can also schedule automatic backups. I don't any reason not to use at least the free 2GB. You can check it out at


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not bad, however the premium version costs a little more than half what I pay for .Mac and is missing the coveted .Mac e-mail address. I have to admit that the free option is pretty damn good.

I wish Apple would slap on some new, much needed features and roll out .Mac with a larger default iDisk size. It has been far too long since the last update.

July 7, 2007 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger new2mac said...

I use xdrive... you get 5gb free with a free AOL account, and there are paid options for extra storage if you need it. I couldn't beat the price, kind of a no-brainer.

July 8, 2007 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger valbaca said...

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July 8, 2007 at 4:38 AM  
Blogger valbaca said...

Gmail + Mozy + Blogger (or prof. web hosting, w/e, etc.) + Flickr/Picasa

Am I missing anything, or should .Mac just go ahead and be free?

July 8, 2007 at 4:42 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hey. ive downloaded mozy but everytime i try clicking save configuration it tells me the back up could last several days. and then after clicking save configuration now mozy just closes...any hints?....please?
im just not sure if its suppose to be that way

July 8, 2007 at 5:04 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

HA. Never mind. Figured it out. Great Blog by the way. and yeah...totally agree with val baca. apple should just go ahead and throw .mac at their customers for free.

July 8, 2007 at 5:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Do you use the free version? You should post your referral number here so that anyone here can credit you with extra storage for signing up. I would have gladly stated that you were my referral.

val baca,

Good point, however I will continue to pay for a .Mac account as long as Apple charges for it. I am not keen on giving up my .Mac email address. This is where Apple gets us. We know full well that there are other solutions, but we want to keep the mail account.

July 8, 2007 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Turas said...

I use boxnet @ I reckon it's a pretty good deal. Only $5 a month for 5GB of space and a good interface. It also supports RSS feeds and generates widgets for your site/blog etc.

July 8, 2007 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Does xDrive work with OS X?

July 8, 2007 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Has anyone here actually tried this prog for Mac? I noticed that it was a beta version...don't want to accidentally hurt my computer.

July 8, 2007 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

A good tip is that if you alt-click any link in a Safari, it downloads the page as HTML.

July 8, 2007 at 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It seems to running just fine so far. No problems.

July 9, 2007 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Seeing macgeek didn't have a referral code for mozy, could some of you suscribe to mozy using this link to help give me 1GB of extra storage?
It WON'T effect your account in any way; it's basically the same as signing up using the standard link.
p.s. xdrive doesn't allow anyone outside the U.S.A to sign up for it.

July 9, 2007 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

p.p.s Whoever clicks on the referral link posted by me before gets an EXTRA 256MB FOR FREE!!!
I quote them:
"For every person that clicks on that link and starts using Mozy*, you'll both get another 256MB of free backup space. That's right, you get extra space, and so do they. That's 1GB of free space for every four people! (We have powerful computers here that can do that sort of math.) For a limited time, there is no limit on the free space you can get."
Here's the link again:

July 9, 2007 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You people trust your personal data to be stored over the internet on other people's server......

HAHAHA I will never do that!

You never know how or for what your data is used.

July 11, 2007 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger xxx said...

Ya, but every single email you send/recieve is stored in every server it passes through on its cyberspace journey. I guess it comes down to how parinoid you want to get. I'm gonna give it a try, I'll let you know if my identity gets stolen.

July 11, 2007 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

You can also encrypt the data before storing it on the Web. It is not 100% safe, but it's pretty good.


July 11, 2007 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Mitch McCormick said...

i cant seem to get it to work. it always says "please try to install again".

July 12, 2007 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would be flattened if all websites gave articles like that.
Refurbished Apple computers

January 17, 2013 at 1:29 AM  

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