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Carbonite is an online backup service available to both Windows and Mac users that provides unlimited backup space to consumers and small businesses. It is named after carbonite, the substance used to freeze Han Solo in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Carbonite was the first online backup company to offer unlimited backup space for a fixed price. Prior to Carbonite entering the market in early 2006, all online backup services were priced by the gigabyte.[2] Many other vendors have since changed to an unlimited model similar to Carbonite's.

Carbonite was named 'Best Windows Backup Tool' by Lifehacker, 'Labs Winner' by PC Pro, 'Editor's Choice' by NextAdvisor, but received only 'two mice' in a MacWorld review putting it second to last.

Carbonite Online Backup installs a client software program on the user’s computer that operates continuously in the background. This client software automatically seeks out new and changed files on the user’s computer and backs them using incremental backup. Each file is compressed and encrypted using a 448-bit Blowfish encryption before it is sent to remote servers at the company's data centers via the Internet. Data is transmitted to the servers using a secure https link. The encrypted files are stored on 15-drive RAID6 storage arrays. The client software also provides de-duplication at the file level.

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Carbonite is designed to automatically back up user-generated content including text documents, spreadsheets, financial documents, photos, music, etc. Specifically, on a Windows PC, Carbonite backs up everything in the Documents and Settings folder, including the desktop, favorites, and all other files except for temporary, log and video files. Any file or folder can be added to the default backup if it is on a local (internal) drive formatted with the FAT32 or NTFS file systems. The backup software integrates with Windows Explorer, adding green dots to the file icons of any backed up file. Adding or removing files from the backup is done using the right mouse button and the Windows context menus. For Intel-based Macs running OS 10.4 (Tiger) or 10.5 (Leopard), Carbonite is controlled through the system preferences and using the control + click menu. File systems supported 'by default' on OS/X are supported by the Mac client with the exception of FAT.

Carbonite also includes a “remote access” application that allows individual files to be downloaded to any computer using just a web browser.


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