Online Backup Comparison

A Comparison of Features Offered by the Best Online Backup Services

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All online backup services offer basic features like automatic, regularly occurring, and incremental backup, as well as the ability to restore previously backed up data.

Beyond that, however, online backup services start to show their differences.

Some services allow backup from network drives while others don't. Only some allow device-to-device syncing.

With so many differences, a feature comparison chart, like the one below, can help you decide which online backup service is best for you.

Our Online Backup FAQ can help here, too. Most of the questions we've heard about cloud/online backup plans are answered there, in plain English!

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Wondering where the prices are? Most online backup services have several plans that differ in price based on storage and devices supported.

See Price Comparison: Unlimited Online Backup Plans and Price Comparison: Multi-Computer Online Backup Plans for updated information.

Online Backup Service Feature Comparison

Feature Comparison Table
Feature Backblaze Carbonite Livedrive
Unlimited Plan(s)
Limited Plan(s)    
Business Plan(s)
Free Trial
2+ Computers per Account  
Multi-Device Syncing   3
No File Size Limit
No File Type Limits 1  
No Fair Use Limits
No Bandwidth Throttling
Windows 10 Support
Windows 8/8.1 Support
Windows 7 Support
Windows Vista Support
Windows XP Support
macOS Support
Real 64-bit Software  
iOS App
Android App
Windows Phone App    
BlackBerry App    
Windows 10/8 App    
Desktop File Access  
Web App File Access
Transfer Encryption (128-bit)  
Transfer Encryption (256-bit)  
File Encryption (128-bit)  
File Encryption (256-bit)    
Private Encryption Option(s)  
File Versioning (Limited)
File Versioning (Unlimited)    
Drive-Level Backup  
Folder-Level Backup
File-Level Backup  
Backup From Mapped Drive    
Backup From Attached Drive 5
Continuous Backup (≤ 1 min)
Backup Frequency Option(s)
Idle Backup Option  
Bandwidth Control (Simple)
Bandwidth Control (Advanced)  
Offline Backup Option(s)      
Offline Restore Option(s)  
Multiple Backup Destination Option(s)      
Local Backup Option(s)      
Locked/Open File Support    
Backup Set Option(s)      
Integrated Player/Viewer
File Sharing 3 3
Backup Status (Email Alerts)  
Backup Status (Other Alerts)  
North America Data Center(s)  
Europe Data Center(s)    
Africa Data Center(s)      
Australia Data Center(s)      
Phone Support    
Email Support
Chat Support  
Forum Support      
Self Support

While the feature list we've created above is pretty extensive and we've further clarified some information in the footnotes, you should investigate any online backup service's feature that you're particularly interested in before you decide to purchase one of their plans. We may have that more detailed information in our review of the service (if we have one) or you may find it in the self-support area on the backup service's website.

Features available only in a service's business-class online backup plan are not shown here.

[1] Most online service providers automatically exclude certain file types you're unlikely to want to back up (like temporary files, extremely large files, etc.) but these exclusions can be removed if you want.

[2] This feature is available in some, but not all, plans by this online backup provider.

[3] This feature is available via an extra service/program from this provider.

[4] Windows 8 Pro & 8.1 Pro are the only supported versions of Windows 8 for this backup provider's software.

[5] This feature is only available if you're using Windows and only in some of this provider's online backup plans.

[6] This feature is only available when backing up locally.​

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