11-16-2008 10:32 PM
11-25-2008 04:33 PM
I remember the first time I installed the Geek Squad® Online Backup Tool for a customer because I was concerned with how long the first backup took. With their permission I used the Advanced features to configure just a backup of “My Documents” or “Documents” and “Desktop” folders. This sped up the backup quite a bit because not everyone needs the entire hard drive backed up – especially the Windows directory. According to the Geek Squad® website FAQ it can take around eight hours per gigabyte of data on a high-speed connection.
Here is the definitive answer (as I know it right now) on data integrity. Data stays until one of two things happens: you log into your account and manually delete files from the Geek Squad® server or your account is made inactive by you (which requires email confirmation) or for reasons of non-payment. Therefore, this remote storage is like an external hard drive that has to be connected to your computer before any changes are made. During automated backups a file that has been deleted locally would remain on the backup until you log into the site and delete the file(s). And now, I should go do that backup I have been putting off... oh look, Geek Squad® Online Backup Tool lets me purchase additional storage!