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Mimedia Sends Hard Drive for First Back Up: the Mailman Beats Your Upload Speed

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There are already lots of online backup solutions out there, but newcomer MiMedia is the first I’ve heard that has enough common sense to give customers the option to use a hard drive for the first backup. Most Internet connections have upload speeds that are not fast enough for gigabyte-level backups,  and that’s where the postal service comes in.

mimedia online backup

MiMedia can send customers a 250GB hard drive –the company calls it a Shuttle Drive – through the mail. You fill it up, then send it back through its pre-paid box. Sure, 250GB may not be The drive’s maximum size is 1TB, so that alone may be enough to house your entire collection of data, including your music and videos in there. Best of all, your data gets backed up to your account the following day. No upload speed can top that.

As you can see in the gallery above, MiMedia also organizes your media files so you can easily access and view, watch or listen to them online. I just don’t know if this organization is mandatory or if it can be turned off. The only downer I can see about MiMedia is that it can be quite expensive.

Pricing starts at 25GB of storage for $5 (USD) per month or $50 per year,  topping out at 2TB for $140 per month or $1300 per year. By contrast, Mozy offers unlimited storage at $5 a month and Carbonite offers the same deal for just $55 a year. Still, if you need your data backed up ASAP, MiMedia  seems to be your best bet. Check out their website for more info.

[via Chip Chick]