Mozy 2.0 For Windows Has Some Solid Improvements

Mozy 2.0 For Windows Has Some Solid Improvements

Since I’ve done quite a few Mac posts lately, I thought I’d throw something out for my awesome Windows users (don’t worry Windows faithful, I have even more coming soon).

A while ago Mozy released their version 2.0 software, but for Windows only (the Mac version will be out later in 2010).  I thought I’d take a look and see what is new/improved.

Now Prettier

Mozy has improved the UI somewhat.  The fonts and the buttons are a bit bigger and easier to read.  It’s still not the most beautiful UI in the world, but I guess with online backup software, the important part is what happens on the server, not on your computer.

Now Faster?

Mozy claims that Mozy 2.0 is “up to” 25% faster at transferring files to their servers.  I don’t really have a way to empirically test this, but I will take their word for it that they’ve made client-side improvements to speed things up.  It’ll be interesting to see if the Mac version has similar speed increases.

Since slow uploads can be one of the biggest issues with online backup, anything they can do to speed things up is great.

Local and Online Backup

Whenever someone asks if they should go with local backup or online backup, my answer is always “Yes”.  In other words, you want to have your critical files in as many places as you can, both locally and offsite.

The biggest new feature of Mozy 2.0 is what they are calling “2xProtect”.  This new feature is sort of like what CrashPlan does.  In addition to backing up your files online, you can also back them up to a local drive. A very welcome addition.

I had a bunch of screenshots of 2.0 ready to go for this article, but my VMWare Windows install has just started going crazy so I will post them later.

If you want to check out Mozy 2.0, it is free for 2 Gigs of backup, or $4.95 a month for the Unlimited Home version.  There is also a Pro version for businesses.

In the meantime, any Windows users want to chime in on the 2.0 upgrade?  Do you find it is actually faster?  Any general experiences with Mozy pro or con? Leave a note in the comments.

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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Mozy Review - July 14, 2010 Reply

When Mozy released version 2.0, with local backups and increased speed overall, and then overhauled their support system with a full online support portal, it easily earned a 5-star review with us.

There's still a few things missing, like the ability to perform local backups before online (which makes sense to me, since local backups are quicker, and you want your data backed up!) and I'd still like to see any online backup service give priorities to backup sets (so I can tell it to backup my documents first, then photos, then music, for example).

But overall, Mozy is the best online backup service available today.

MPC - July 13, 2010 Reply

I have really liked the new improvements in Mozy version 2 for Windows. Has been great to have a local backup option as well as the online backup. I was doing a local backup using some old xcopy commands and a batch file from way back when DOS ruled. Much nicer to have Mozy do it.

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