This Free Online Backup is Similar to Dropbox, But Cheaper

Free, but cheaper?  How come?  Let me explain.

Fastmule ( is an online file sync and backup service, which seems to offer facilities and features which are very similar to the better-known Dropbox service.  Install the software, and it creates a folder on your PC.  Anything that you put into this folder gets backed up to the cloud, and also copied to any other computers on which you've installed the client software.

Like Dropbox, Fastmule offers 2 GB of storage for free.  But if you want more, Fastmule's pricing is around $50 a year for unlimited storage, whereas Dropbox wants $200 a year for their top-of-the-range 100 GB account.

If you like the idea of cloud-based backup, check it out.  Personally, I'm a big fan of services such as this.  They provide a highly convenient way to ensure that all your important files are backed up.  Even more importantly, they also make it easy to restore your files onto a new PC in the event of a disaster.  Just install the client app on the new machine and wait for everything to arrive automatically.

Remember, however, that cloud-based storage carries a certain degree of risk, regardless of whether you trust your e-secrets to a relative unknown such as Fastmule or a high-profile setup like Microsoft's SkyDrive.  You never quite know who has access to your stuff.  If this is a concern, you could always use an encryption program such as TrueCrypt, and then use the online service to back up your encrypted container files.

To try FastMule, you'll need Windows XP or above (unlike Dropbox there's no Mac or Linux version).  The download is around 3 MB.




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by User SP (not verified) on 18. August 2010 - 6:09  (56281)

Guys lets not blame Gizmo. There is no absolute truth anyway. Things are also dynamic which means there is no guaranty that someone has a new website offering a better price and conditions while an article is being written.

I agree that cloud backup has become indeed very important. A comprehensive review would be interesting including both free and professional backups in the cloud.

Based on such an article others can share what they know thus making it as an useful information for all. Here are a few commercial and free ones I know of.

best wishes,

by strange thought (not verified) on 18. August 2010 - 20:35  (56323)

"lets not blame Gizmo"? Blame? That's a relly odd thing to say. There is noone blaming anyone. There is nothing here to be blamed FOR. Sharing info on similar products is not even close to blaming someone for something. Perhaps you meant to post on a different thread or site.

by Dalmasian (not verified) on 18. August 2010 - 3:17  (56275)

ADrive offers 50 GB online storage and back-up service for free. Go for it!

by mafaldaspeaks on 18. August 2010 - 13:08  (56304)

I started using it about a year ago and then I stopped after a few months, mainly because it took me a long time to download my files from the website. I like Dropbox much, much more because not only because files are quicker to access but also because it's easier and quicker to share files with another person on another computer. I just use the free edition.

by annonymous (not verified) on 18. August 2010 - 2:01  (56268)

It is free for the first 2 gigs.


by Jim4926 (not verified) on 18. August 2010 - 1:03  (56251)

Is this really free? Looks like its a 15 day trial.

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