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MyPCBackup Review
69 votes, 2.46 avg. rating (49% score)

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2.75 / 5 stars
★★☆☆☆ 

MyPCBackup Discount

Retail Price for 1 Year: $119.40
1 Year Plan Savings (40%):$48.00
Your Price for 1 Year:$71.40
 
Retail Price for 2 Years: $238.80
2 Year Plan Savings (50%):$120.00
Your Price for 2 Years:$118.80

 

Available as MyPCBackup, ZipCloud and JustCloud brands.

Price:

  • Unlimited Account: $9.95/month
  • Unlimited Account: $41.70/6 Months.
  • Unlimited Account: $71.40/year. Saves you over 40% over monthly plan.
  • Unlimited Account: $118.80/two years. Saves you over 50% over monthly plan.
  • Click here to save over 40% – 50% on MyPCBackup!

Pros:

  • Supports Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Unlimited plan.
  • Mulitple computers allowed.
  • File syncronization.
  • Easy to use.
  • Files storage on Amazon S3 servers.
  • Mobile apps available for Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone 8 and Kindle Fire

Cons:

  • Limited backup scheduling options.
  • Fairly new company.
  • Need to purchase additional options, like hourly backup etc. Makes pricing complicated.
  • File size limit of 5GB. Makes service unusable for people with large files.
  • Defaults to excluding audio and video files from backup.
  • Be sure to read their Terms and Fair Use Policy. Unlimited does not necessarily mean unlimited.

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MyPCBackup is a fairly new online backup service having started only back in February 2010. Unlike many new companies that are starting in online backup now however MyPCBackup did not take the reseller route but have choosen to create their own backup software. While the company itself has it’s head offices located in the United Kingdom they currently use Amazon S3 storage servers for storing client data. This gives their service more of an international feel that can be seen on their website with the ability to show prices in US dollars, Canadian dollars, UK Pounds and Euro.

Installation
Once you create an account on the MyPCBackup website you can choose what plan you want to subscribe too. If you want to simply to try the free trial choose the free option otherwise you can select what paid plan you want. The longer your subscrition the cheaper per month your subscription is. If you go for a two year subscription your cost per month drops as low as $4.95/month. Not a bad price for an online backup service offering unlimited storage with multiple computers.

After selecting your plan you will be taken to your online dashboard where you can download the software to install on your computer. Download is pretty straight forward, in fact when I tried it the download started immediately when I was at this page with no need for me to click on the link. If for some reason it does not start automatically you can click the link to download the application.

Once you have the application downloaded simply double click the installed and the installation wizard will walk you through installation on your computer. Once the software is installed you will need to login to MyPCBackup with the username and password that you used to create your account on the website.

Backup
Once the application is installed you will be able to setup your initial backup through the backup setup wizard. You can choose between the basic backup setup to backup your My Documents folder or manually select the files you want to backup. Once your folders and files have been selected the application will start to back them up to the MyPCBackup servers.

For more control about the backup you can view and edit some backup settings. For the trial you can only do a daily backup, but their is an option for an hourly backup but be prepared to pay more for a feature that many services offer as a standard. With the latest release of the software they have added some more control over the backup scheduling that allows you to choose when the backup takes place, but again only once per day unless you upgrade to the hourly feature.

You can also select whether the program uses https or http for backing up your files. I am somewhat surprised that they give you this option since http is not a secure method to transfer your files. Be sure to select the https option.

There is also the option to select how large of files you want backed up. The default is a measly 1MB file size, but the maximum is only 3GB! If you have large files like HD home videos, a large Outlook PST file etc this file size limit is way to small and you will need to look at other services that do not have this kind of file size limit.

While the service is advertised as offering unlimited storage, be sure to read the fine print in their terms of service particularly the Fair Use Policy. If you have a lot of data you could potentially run into problems with MyPCBackup.

Restoring
Restoring your files through the desktop application is as simple as clicking on the Restore Files button. After clicking the button you can select which folders and files you would like restored and where you would like to restore them. After that it is only a matter of waiting for the files to be downloaded and placed in the location you selected. It was an easy process and easy enough for most people to do.

You can also view your files online at the MyPCBackup website where you can select files for download. I could not find a way to select an entire folder for download on the website but if you need quick access to a file or two grabbing them from the website is certainly an option.

Other Features
Multiple Computers – With MyPCBackup you can have multiple computers backing up using the same account. This is great if you have a computer for you, your spouse and kids and you can backup all of them to the same account. Most services charge extra for multiple computers, but with MyPCBackup it is standard. Nice feature to see.

File Sync
MyPCBackup allows you to sync files between your coputers. It works by creating a special folder similar to Dropbox that you can add files to. All the files in the sync folder will be synced across your computers.

Web Access
This is almost a atandard feature with online backup now, but it needs to be noted that you can access your files through the MyPCBackup website. This gives you easy access to your files in the event you need to download a few from a remote location.

Support
Support can make the difference with a service with many online backup services only offering email support. MyPCBackup offers a support ticket system as well as a well publicied phone number on their website in the event you need to get a hold of them. The application as well offers an easy to see help button that will open their help center from the website. If you do have problems getting the software installed they do have some decent video tutorials to help you along.

Overall
MyPCBackup is a new strong contenter for online backup for Windows and Mac users. Their features of offering unlimited storage with support for multiple computers with a file sync feature is a good feature set for people with one or more computers. If you prefer Linux you will have to look elsewhere, but MyPCBackup could be a great service.

A quick hint: Sign up for the trial and wait you will get an email offering you a great 35% discount on the service. That takes your per month rate down to only $3.96/month on a 2 year subscription. With their anytime money back guarantee that could be a great deal.

MyPCBackup is also available as ZipCloud and JustCloud brand names.

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26 Responses to MyPCBackup Review

  1. Mandy says:

    Terrible! On their FAQ, they mention you can cancel the auto pay by clicking on the edit button under billing and subscription but there is never such a button! So you can’t cancel autopay! If you want priority service for them to handle your query, they ask you to pay $9 for them to get back to you faster. What a scam, stay away.

  2. Borut says:

    Scammers! Stay away! I got my money back through the charge back. I have been their client for three months and was trying to get from them a fully operational backup without success. They stopped answering my emails when I wanted a refund. They really make it difficult to get your money back. When my bank contacted them they reacted immediately. Probably they do not want to be kicked out of the PayPal system. It took some time (almost a month) and it was worth it as their ignorance should be punished.

  3. Robin says:

    Using cloud storage comparison sites, my pc backup had good reviews and i bought a 1 year subscription and downloaded it. Its now 4 months later and i now know what scammers they are. I dont want to renew in 8 months time when my 1 year is up. I have already selected to turn off auto renew in the subscription and billing section. Does anyone know if this option actually works or does my pc backup still take the money anyway? I dont want to have to change my credit card number as an alternative option, it may affect my credit score.

    • Borut says:

      I am inviting you to file a charge back through your bank and get all your money back as I did. Cause: fraudulency

  4. Chris says:

    This service is a scam. We have been requesting an end to this service for over 12 months and they keep billing you. The number of times that they will keep fobbing you off to “another department” or “the reseller team” is very frustrating. We are reporting them to our credit card fraud team to get the billing to stop.

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