If you love the free 2GB online storage plans offered by Mozy, Fabrik, and
others, you’ll wax ecstatic over Memopal’s free 3GB plan. An extra
gigabyte? I’ve always assumed that a Rhodes Scholar somewhere had
figured out that 2GB account is just enough to get you hooked on
online backup, yet not quite enough for most folks to fit
everything. The extra space makes a world of difference.
An extra gigabyte isn’t all that Memopal Online Backup has going
for it. It’s easy to use, and a bit prettier (if busier) than its
aforementioned competitors. You have must live with a rather
conspicuous “Buy” button at the top of the main program dialog, but
that’s a small price since you’ll rarely visit there. Speaking of
price, the next level of service is 200GB for $49 per year, which
is more than competitive. The company even claims it has servers on
multiple continents for locational redundancy; i.e., if one
location goes down, your data is still safe.
The language used by Memopal is often interesting. It notifies
you that it’s “Crawling” when it’s inspecting and cataloging the
folders you or the program has decided to back up. And when it’s
finished backing up, you see a system tray notification that the
backup was “taken.” I suppose that makes sense if you consider the
backup a snapshot of your data. What’s far more interesting is that
Memopal can be used on up to 10 PCs-as long as you don’t run over
your account limit.
Browsing backups and restoring files via your local PC (you may
also access them via Web browser from any PC) is a bit different
than it is with most programs. Memopal creates a My Memopal icon
under Other in Windows Explorer which is actually a secure Webdav
connection rendered as a Web folder. As a Web folder, you’ll notice
that the location of files appears as a URL. It’s no more difficult
than with Memopal’s competitors. However, all the URLs might be a
tad disconcerting at first for less tech-savvy customers, so I
thought I’d mention it.
In my two days of testing, Memopal worked great for me. It has
the usual options, such as throttling to let you raise or lower the
computer time and resources it takes to perform backups. The only
thing I missed–and I didn’t miss it much–was a local backup
option. All in all, I have a new favorite online backup service.
3GB, multiple PCs, Internet file access: Get yourself an account
and use it.
Note: The vendor offers pricing plans beyond
the 200GB of personal-use storage per year quoted here.
–Jon L. Jacobi