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October 14, 2011 7:13:24 AM

512GB? Hard drives are cheap but not that cheap. a 3TB drive would accommodate 6 people, none of whom are paying anything. Talk about overselling. They are counting on no one at all using anything close to what they are offering.

I'm sure the pirates will find some way to use it for distributing warez.
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October 14, 2011 7:13:46 AM

512gb of free space, what has world come to?
Or this is simply a typo.
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October 14, 2011 7:35:51 AM

nope it says so on their website

but remember its cloud based so they are not going to keep exactly 512Gb of physical harddrive space per customer. they are actually only going to provision only a fraction of it as real storage and expand it as it get used up by people.
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October 14, 2011 7:43:23 AM

iCloud just got punked
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October 14, 2011 8:25:19 AM

Call me pessimistic, but their prices seem unrealistically low: 512GB for free or unlimited for $5/mo. Either those prices are going up, or their business is going down (along with your data).
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October 14, 2011 8:35:34 AM

From the TOS

By using the facilities of the Backify Services to make Content available to other Users (“Shared Content”):
you grant to Backify a limited license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute your Shared Content on and through the Backify Services. The license you grant to Backify is non-exclusive, perpetual, fully-paid and royalty-free, sub-licensable, and worldwide;
you represent and warrant that you own the Shared Content or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this section;
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October 14, 2011 9:02:07 AM

that's not much porn space...
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October 14, 2011 9:06:59 AM

alhanelemthat's not much porn space...

Go buy a 2Tb HDD, caddy it up and stash it in the bottom of your sock drawer
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Like everyone else
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October 14, 2011 10:10:52 AM

They must also be making money off ads right?
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October 14, 2011 10:14:52 AM

when i try to create a account. this is the message i got . there was an error please try again. but only three fields required to create account. this is a fucking fuck.
may be they will give 512TB per customer for FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
LOL.....................!
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October 14, 2011 10:44:15 AM

iCloud = $100/yr = 50GB
Backify = $60/yr = 512GB + unlimited storage

No contest. Burn in hell iCloud. Oh, and Backify = horrible name.
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October 14, 2011 10:47:35 AM

Have a look at www.BeeCloud.eu. They offer the same deal. 512Gb free, no questions asked.
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October 14, 2011 10:55:06 AM

This is just reselling LiveDrive - www.livedrive.com/ForResellers/

They pay approx. $2000/year and can create "unlimited space, unlimited accounts". It isn't if Backify can stay afloat, it is if LiveDrive themselves can stay afloat. They depend on not fully utilizing space, but giving it away from free will very much jeopardize that.
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October 14, 2011 1:12:39 PM

Don't trust these cloud solutions, not one bit.
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October 14, 2011 1:21:09 PM

back_by_demandGo buy a 2Tb HDD, caddy it up and stash it in the bottom of your sock drawer...Like everyone else


That's why you download midget porn. It does not take up as much hard drive space!
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October 14, 2011 1:22:57 PM

The question is, what exactly will you be utilising all this cloud storage for?
Music?
Videos?
If you have it at home already and have a laptop then you can stream it to yourself via Windows Media Player and not have to pay anyone to store it for you.
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So this is aimed at smartphones or tablets that don't have Windows Media Player, as soon as Windows 8 lands all that will change, phones and tablets will join the laptops that have been able to do this for ages.
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October 14, 2011 1:37:54 PM

back_by_demandThe question is, what exactly will you be utilising all this cloud storage for?Music?Videos?If you have it at home already and have a laptop then you can stream it to yourself via Windows Media Player and not have to pay anyone to store it for you....So this is aimed at smartphones or tablets that don't have Windows Media Player, as soon as Windows 8 lands all that will change, phones and tablets will join the laptops that have been able to do this for ages.
Sounds like a great solution for backing up my WHS. I'm sick of stacking up $100 1TB externals. (Want to buy one? I'll have three for sale at $40 apiece if I can get Backify working well!)

The only issue now is my 250GB monthly limit with AT&T U-verse. :( 
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October 14, 2011 1:55:47 PM

Thunderfox512GB? Hard drives are cheap but not that cheap. a 3TB drive would accommodate 6 people, none of whom are paying anything. Talk about overselling. They are counting on no one at all using anything close to what they are offering. I'm sure the pirates will find some way to use it for distributing warez.

Block level deduplication allows a pool of storage to service thousands of people. Realisitic workloads would show that the same blocks are seen with most backups (programs especially).
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October 14, 2011 2:14:34 PM

Deduplication will definitely help on accounts that store programs or music files but that will never be efficient on holiday pictures for example.
I suspect that they count mainly on the fact that only very few people will use it to it's full capacity. I don't see this as a problem at all (I don't like to whaste resources), but I hope that they are better than Google at starting up additional storage units in time when the available storage schrinks because paying 80Gb storage for your google account only to find out that you receive a "Error 10 , storage unavailable" almost every time you are trying to upload more than 500Mb of pictures in a row makes you feel like you've been ... screwed!
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October 14, 2011 2:33:46 PM

Yeah signing up seems hosed atm. Tried with 2 different e-mail and both wont work.
Going to give this site a negative review, obviously can't review something that does not work. Who would want to backup important files to a service that is not reliable.
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October 14, 2011 2:49:34 PM

Googling "Backify" (after correcting the redirection to "Backupify", lol), returns this Tom's article above the actual website.
...Not a great sign IMHO.
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October 14, 2011 2:58:59 PM

dthxDeduplication will definitely help on accounts that store programs or music files but that will never be efficient on holiday pictures for example.I suspect that they count mainly on the fact that only very few people will use it to it's full capacity. I don't see this as a problem at all (I don't like to whaste resources), but I hope that they are better than Google at starting up additional storage units in time when the available storage schrinks because paying 80Gb storage for your google account only to find out that you receive a "Error 10 , storage unavailable" almost every time you are trying to upload more than 500Mb of pictures in a row makes you feel like you've been ... screwed!

Sure, that's pretty obvious. However, block level dedup (512byte blocks) does still allow deduplication with the holiday pictures, especially with large datasets.
ZFS is a good implementation of block level dedup:
http://blogs.oracle.com/bonwick/entry/zfs_dedup
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October 14, 2011 3:18:25 PM

I don't think my ISP would appreciate me uploading 512GB of data :) 
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October 14, 2011 3:20:19 PM

soo-nah-meeSounds like a great solution for backing up my WHS. I'm sick of stacking up $100 1TB externals. (Want to buy one? I'll have three for sale at $40 apiece if I can get Backify working well!)The only issue now is my 250GB monthly limit with AT&T U-verse.


$100 for 1TB? You can get 2TB for around $80 now. And if you have a server, unless you have it in a really small case, you would be better off with several internal drives anyway.
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October 14, 2011 3:31:45 PM

I purchased livedrive to backup about 400GB of data from our datacenter. Like all other users, you will find out that your bandwidth is cut down to less than 1Mbps after you pass 200GB storage. It's useless. Same goes for most other providers. Only good for 100 or GB. After that, you are capped. You can read about it in the forums..
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October 14, 2011 3:36:05 PM

blader15sk8$100 for 1TB? You can get 2TB for around $80 now. And if you have a server, unless you have it in a really small case, you would be better off with several internal drives anyway.
Well, it's been over a year since I bought one, and they were nice WD MyBooks - think the last one I bought was $110.
My server case is very small. Just enough room for two 2TB Caviar Greens.
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October 14, 2011 4:05:15 PM

Backify is nothing more than LiveDrive, who have been around for a while - which is amazing, considering this terrible Livedrive review:
http://www.onlinebackupsreview.com/livedrive.php
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October 14, 2011 4:46:04 PM

BackupsReviewBackify is nothing more than LiveDrive, who have been around for a while - which is amazing, considering this terrible Livedrive review:http://www.onlinebackupsreview.com/livedrive.php
You're a little ignorant if you think "onlinebackupsreview.com" is a legitimate review site.
It's clearly one of those sites that is put up by the "top reviewed" service.
There are NO ads!
No ads on a sight like that = The site itself is an ad.
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October 14, 2011 4:50:04 PM

Haha, just noticed the username. Nice try. SPAM!
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October 14, 2011 4:56:34 PM

soo-nah-meeHaha, just noticed the username. Nice try. SPAM!


BackupsReview join date is ... today. Lol.
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October 14, 2011 5:07:11 PM

If its to good to be true.......it probably is........
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October 14, 2011 6:53:05 PM

What many of these services do is hash the data before uploading. This allows them to keep a single copy of a file on the server and simply give people access to the file who have the hash.
It is also secure since you have to have the file in order to generate a matching hash.

Though it offers no privacy so it cant be used for warez or anything else of the sort as it is easy to track all who have a specific file.
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October 14, 2011 7:12:24 PM

It maybe free storage but, it is not free transfer. At least for me :( 

Comcast is $60 for 250GB of data. So it would cost me $245 and no internet for 4 months to backup my computer and then restore my computer. Assuming I am only using 512GB. Plus it would take about 25 days to upload that much data:) . even longer because I can only do 250GB every month. I guess if I started it in the middle of a month, it would still be transferring into the next month giving me a 500GB window. Then finish the last 12GB at work or internet cafe. Or just buy a separate internet connection for a few months to hold me over.
Or I could just buy another hard drive and not worry about it.
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October 14, 2011 9:17:31 PM

razor512Though it offers no privacy so it cant be used for warez or anything else of the sort as it is easy to track all who have a specific file.

If you have a bunch of warez on your machine at home and want to give a copy to a friend you see when you are out, just grab your laptop out your bag and transer it on his flashdrive, there are loads of freeware ftp client/host you can use. Not good for streaming media but as a way to remotely access your dodgy content from home it is perfect.
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October 15, 2011 12:47:00 AM

NICE! Too bad Comcast has a 250GB monthly data cap...
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October 15, 2011 12:49:03 AM

soo-nah-meeWell, it's been over a year since I bought one, and they were nice WD MyBooks - think the last one I bought was $110. My server case is very small. Just enough room for two 2TB Caviar Greens.

WD Elements is even cheaper. Only USB 2.0 though, unlike the higher end external WD drives, but do you have USB 3.0 anyway?
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October 15, 2011 2:46:22 AM

Sorry Yrusoad_One, I dont know how to quote you...

Did you all miss the key and essential point that Yrusoad_One made?
The TOS grants Backify permanent free rights to do whatever with anything you upload!
Suddenly this does not sound like a good deal at all.


Yrusoad_One said....
From the TOS

By using the facilities of the Backify Services to make Content available to other Users (“Shared Content”):
you grant to Backify a limited license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute your Shared Content on and through the Backify Services. The license you grant to Backify is non-exclusive, perpetual, fully-paid and royalty-free, sub-licensable, and worldwide;
you represent and warrant that you own the Shared Content or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this section;
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October 15, 2011 2:48:27 AM

PS: To Toms.... despite all of the spammers you get on your forums - good lord your comment engine is a pain in the butt to login to and use.
hate it hate it hate it hate it hate it!
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a b G Storage
October 15, 2011 9:34:07 AM

No Linux = fail.
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October 15, 2011 10:29:31 PM

The service is not working. Can´t sign up...
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October 17, 2011 9:29:45 PM

Jus tried it. Extremly poor in everything - functionality, UI, speed. It's free, what would you expect?
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October 18, 2011 4:34:52 AM

I've read that this service seemed rather insecure, as staff at Lifehacker (I believe) signed up for it to test it out and got the password information sent in a blank text format.
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October 18, 2011 12:37:34 PM

I just read the announcement today of a very strong data backup offer: backify.com lets you use 512GB of backup space for free. If you compare that to the competition: Dropbox and Mozy give you 2GB for free, OpenDrive, SugarSync and Box.net have a 5GB free account, although the latter has upped this to 50GB recently, when Apple also announced its 5GB free iCloud offering. Microsoft Live SkyDrive used to be the biggest free offer: 25GB (but no way to upgrade). So how can one company offer more than 20 times that space, and still not charge?



There are a couple of things that made me doubtful.

Too good to be true: a previously unknown company (Google will try to correct a search on their name to Backupify, because the first mentioning of the company was yesterday) comes and offers you something HUGE for FREE. Hmmm. Where’s the catch?
Business model doesn’t make sense: if you offer any John Doe 512 GB, you can count on a lot of data coming in. There will always be some guys that will try to use all of it. You need thousands of terabytes, and those don’t come for free. You could use Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure, but they will charge you $0.10 to $0.15 per month/GB. There is a freemium model for storage, but the sweet spot seems to be: anything above 5 – 25 GB should be paid for.
No believable team: maybe this company has developed a new, revolutionary technology to make storage 10 times cheaper, but then they would show off their exceptional team. There would be a CTO or Chief Scientist with 30+ experience in data storage and some exotic patents in ‘redundant sub-particle holographic storage‘ or so. Here: nothing.
Look and feel: their page looks like it was made with a standard template and cheap stock photography. Like they couldn’t afford a decent web agency.
Empty company blog: that was a big red flag: they point to an empty blogspot as their ‘company blog’. This definitely smells like a scam.
So I started to dig deeper: what company is mentioned in the Terms & Conditions and the Privacy Statement? They talk about ‘Backify Internet Ltd’, but who knows if that company really exists. The address is interesting: it’s a Canadian one “Surrey, BC, Canada V3T 5L2″, that is shared with 2 other companies: AptiQuant and atCheap. AptiQuant has come in the news some months ago with the article “Is Internet Explorer For The Dumb?“. It was a hoax study (which was admitted afterwards), and the official explanation was that it was an effort “to create awareness about the incompatibilities of IE versions 6.0 to 8.0“. My thoughts: it was meant to drive traffic to the atCheap site, a comparison shopping site. Who is behind both companies? One person, Tarandeep Gill. And what was just added to that AptiQuant site? A link to Backify, free online backup. I checked the registration of the Backify domain: it’s the same guy. He registered the site in Feb 2009

So what does the Backify site actually offer? I downloaded the client, and here is the thing: it is not a ‘Backify’ client, it is a LiveDrive client (for Windows). LifeDrive is a UK company, started by ex-FastHosts people, notably founder Andrew Michael, who cashed £46mio or 72 mio $ when he sold his company. Also in the team (although non-executive) : Nicholas Cowell, brother of Simon ‘Idol’ Cowell, and a very rich UK real-estate entrepreneur. So these people do have cash, and, so it seems, a working product at pretty much the same prices as Backify is offering, except: they don’t have a 512GB for free offering, they only have a backup trial for 2 weeks! The Windows client works, you can upload files with it, and the files are actually stored at LiveDrive (I checked). The web interface doesn’t mention that I’m on a temporary plan. So LiveDrive seems to deliver.



So what is my hunch: Backify (or Tarandeep) is just a reseller for LiveDrive, he pays 60$/month to get a Backify rebranded white-label online backup service, and LiveDrive runs the actual service. Noteworthy: neither the Terms of Use or the Privacy Statement mention the Livedrive company or product. Is the ’512GB for free’ Backify offer actually the LiveDrive ‘Unlimited backup trial, free for 14 days‘, and so will it stop after 2 weeks? It’s either that, or Tarandeep has cut a better deal (“let me offer a crazy amount of storage for free forever“), which would be quite an accomplishment. Is it another stunt to drive traffic to atCheap (there are no links on the Backify site yet)? Is he branching out to a new niche? Time will tell. One thing is for sure: his press release has gotten huge coverage. And everyone seems to think Backify is a legit company.

TL;DR: Is “512GB for free forever” also for real? My gut feeling says: no. Don’t put all your eggs in that basket.
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October 18, 2011 4:59:19 PM

It only took them 4 days and they are now announcing they are closing free 512gb accounts. Can anyone seriously trust this company?
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October 19, 2011 6:27:49 PM

Hi all,

We at BeeCloud (a LiveDrive reseller) still offer the free 512 Gb account for everyone who want to use it.

Our motivation why we do this can be found at http://www.beecloud.eu/livedrivereseller.html

Regards,

BeeCloud.eu
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November 15, 2011 9:25:00 PM

Haha, they are charging now.
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November 16, 2011 7:25:03 AM

It seems like Backify is sending this to their free account customers:

”First of all, we would like to thank you for using Backify. We hope you really liked our service and enjoyed using it.
We regret to inform you that we can not provide free backup services anymore. All free Backify accounts will be closed on November 22, 2011.
In order to prevent your account from deletion, please login into your account and update your Billing Details.
Update Billing Details
Once again, we thank you for using Backify. Please update your billing details before November 22, 2011 to continue using the service.”

Can somebody confirm this ?

Looks like Backify is a scam after all. Give it away for free and then start asking money.

I propose you move to http://www.BeeCloud.eu
We are commited to continue to provide the online backup service for FREE (512GB).
We do not intend to change this.

What backify is doing here gives all the online backup suppliers a very bad name !
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November 16, 2011 9:05:59 AM

It was too good to be true. I received this email today...



Dear [hidden for privacy purposes],

First of all, we would like to thank you for using Backify. We hope you really liked our service and enjoyed using it.

We regret to inform you that we can not provide free backup services anymore. All free Backify accounts will be closed on November 22, 2011.

In order to prevent your account from deletion, please login into your account and update your Billing Details.

Update Billing Details
Once again, we thank you for using Backify. Please update your billing details before November 22, 2011 to continue using the service.


Thanks,
Backify Team
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