Slow Carbonite uploads
Now that my blog is well and truly established – oh and this is my first ever blog – I wanted to let you know about an issue I’m having with my Carbonite online backup.
I have noticed that Carbonite appears to have speed-limited (some call this throttling) my upload speed. Now when you consider that an online backup service needs to upload your data for it to be safely stored it’s quite important that you can actually get the data from your computer to your chosen online backup provider.
After return from a holiday I had a lot of photos and videos (16.3 GB to be precise) to add to my computer – of course I would want these backed up – I would hate to lose my holiday snaps! I also had other data and files which changed over my holiday – existing files – previously backed up – that needed to be updated on the Carbonite servers.
Initially all seemed to back up at great speed. In fact, I was achieving over 4 GB per day. In recent days, however, I noticed that Carbonite seemed to be backing up less and less per day. Now I’m down to around 0.5 GB per day. This is significantly less upload speed than my connection can handle so I can only put slow down to an artificial limit imposed by Carbonite.
In order to be sure that I didn’t have a virus or something else consuming my upload capacity I installed a small application which monitors this (I’ll talk about this application at a later time). The application confirmed that nothing else on my computer was using my upload capacity.
Also, I checked with my internet service provider’s list of outages to make sure that nothing there was affecting my upload speeds – nothing was.
Anyway, I’ve written to Carbonite to see what they say. I’ll keep you all up-to-date.