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Backify Offers 512 GB Free Online Backup Storage

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Backify is a new service that offers automatic cloud-based backup while also providing an additional "briefcase" for sharing files with friends and multiple devices.

A new cloud-based storage service called Backify is now up and running that currently offers anyone 512 GB of free space for automatically backing up files. The Vancouver-based company also provides additional premium services that grant unlimited backup space for more than one computer, and additional Dropbox-like "briefcase" space that will sync files between all PCs, Macs and mobile devices.

According to the company, the service is extremely easy to use: simply create an account, download the Backify software and install it. Once installed, the software automatically starts backing up files selected by the user to Backify's "safe and secure" servers. Given that this is for backup purposes only, the files can't be shared or editied directly from additional devices. That's where the briefcase comes in.

"When you buy the briefcase, the Backify software adds a Network Drive to your My Computer or Mac Finder, where you can drag and drop files," a spokesperson said on Thursday. "Install Backify software on all your computers and share and sync files between them. Access your files from anywhere, in a browser or on your mobile. Share a file/folder with your friends or Public, accessible from any browser."

Backify provides six different plans, one of which is the free 512 GB account. This base model supports file monitoring which will update your backup whenever files on the PC or Mac are altered. The service will even keep 30 versions of your files, and stream music and video to any registered device. The "Unlimited Backup" version, costing $5.99 per month, lifts the 512 GB limit and supports up to five separate backups.

As for the three additional "Briefcase" services, these simply build upon the Backup Unlimited plan by adding an additional 512 GB ($9.99/mo), 1 TB ($14.99/mo), 1.5 TB ($19.99/mo) or 2 TB ($24.99/mo) of sharable storage. Files stored in this area can be edited from anywhere and from any authorized device. Briefcase also comes with FTP (and FTP resume), SFTP and WebDav support.

"Email your files to Backify and they are automatically stored in your Briefcase, and synced among your computers," the company said. "Your backups are private and secure in the cloud. Your files are encrypted, and can be accessed only by you. Your data is stored in a state-of-the-art data center."

So far Backify supports the Windows platform, the Mac platform, and iOS devices. Currently there's no word on support for Android. For more information about Backify, head here.

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    Thunderfox , October 14, 2011 7:13 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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    ichihaifu , October 14, 2011 7:13 AM
    512gb of free space, what has world come to?
    Or this is simply a typo.
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    zhihao50 , October 14, 2011 7:35 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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    back_by_demand , October 14, 2011 7:43 AM
    iCloud just got punked
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    Anonymous , October 14, 2011 8:25 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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    Anonymous , October 14, 2011 8:35 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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    alhanelem , October 14, 2011 9:02 AM
    that's not much porn space...
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    back_by_demand , October 14, 2011 9:06 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
    ...
    Like everyone else
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    guru_urug , October 14, 2011 10:10 AM
    They must also be making money off ads right?
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    Anonymous , October 14, 2011 10:14 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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    tanjo , October 14, 2011 10:44 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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    Anonymous , October 14, 2011 10:47 AM
    Have a look at www.BeeCloud.eu. They offer the same deal. 512Gb free, no questions asked.
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    Anonymous , October 14, 2011 10:55 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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    reggieray , October 14, 2011 1:12 PM
    Don't trust these cloud solutions, not one bit.
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    Nakal , October 14, 2011 1:21 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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    back_by_demand , October 14, 2011 1:22 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.
    ...
    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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    soo-nah-mee , October 14, 2011 1:37 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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    mstang1988 , October 14, 2011 1:55 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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    dthx , October 14, 2011 2:14 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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    Device Unknown , October 14, 2011 2:33 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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