How Carbonite Works

Carbonite is designed to automatically back up most files in the Documents and Settings folder, which includes “My Documents” and “Desktop”. However, some users choose to manually select files for backup, or decide to back up files that are stored in other locations. Any file or folder can be added to the backup by simply right-clicking on the file or folder and selecting “Back this up” from the Carbonite menu. Once files and folders are selected for backup, they will be continually backed up in the background so that your backup is always up-to-date.

How Carbonite Works

After installation, Carbonite scans the hard disk looking for files to back up. Carbonite automatically backs up all file types except executables (such as .exe and .dll), system files, temporary files and video files. However, any of the excluded file types can be manually added to the backup by right-clicking on the file and selecting “Back this up” from the Carbonite menu. Upon setup, Carbonite offers a wide array of options for customizing your backup, but 95% of Carbonite users prefer to stick with the default settings.

In the default settings, dots on files and folders show their backup status in a glance. A green dot on a file or folder means it is selected for backup and that the backup copy is up-to-date. A yellow dot means that the file or folder is selected for backup but awaiting backup because it is either new or has been modified since the last backup. A green dot with a hole in the center (a “green donut”) on a folder means that the folder’s backup is up-to-date, but there are some files in the folder which are not selected for backup. If a file or folder has no dot, it means it is not selected for backup.

Carbonite Online Backup

* Secure — Everything is encrypted before it leaves your computer.
* Automatic — Runs quietly in the background to ensure your backup is up-to-date.
* Unlimited — Back up as much as you want for only $54.95/year.
* Hassle-Free — Recover lost files anytime, anywhere with just a few clicks.

Every year, 43% of computer users lose irreplaceable files. Even those who use on-site backup methods such as CDs, memory sticks and external hard drives are at risk. Fires, floods, theft and other disasters can render onsite backups useless. Carbonite Online Backup eliminates the risk of losing files by automatically backing up the irreplaceable photos, music, e-mails, financial records and other valuable files on your computer to a secure, offsite location. Carbonite takes less than 5 minutes to install and begins working right away to protect your most valuable files, continually updating your backup while you work — without slowing down your computer.

Read our full Carbonite review to learn more.

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