Well, if what had to be uploaded was supposed to take more time than just 15 minutes, then yes, all your files were probably not uploaded correctly. But if Carbonite is smart enough, i.e. it uploads files in parts(or keeps track of what was uploaded and what does not need to be), then you can just start the upload again and it'll only upload files that were previously not uploaded before. Then if carbonite is something that keeps running in the background uploading files, then I guess it should finish all the uploading all by itself without giving you anything to worry about. Otherwise, it'll just upload everything all over again, each time. And that can be annoying. So, it's best that you set turn off hard disks, standby and hibernate to never.
My primary concern is uploading (purchased) software of at least 2GB or so in size. It's pretty hard to tell from my perspective if Carbonite is being smart about it's uploading, although it does appear to be doing its job. The only way to tell for sure is to download something in excessive size (something I'm definitely not too thrilled to try) and see. It would be my luck to have a hard disk failure, and then to restore and install a badly uploaded program on a new machine. Yikes.
Like I said before, at initial backup Carbonite doesn't mention anything
about the 'hard disk' power feature, the link you gave only appears to be found on the site itself. I'll have to have their support about this, it's kind of important?!
I don't know what exactly you meant by that, but by dimming if you meant turning off the monitor - then that shouldn't be a problem.
..So far I have only had my power settings dim the computer after 5 minutes..
That's exactly what I meant. I'm just curious if you think my files still uploaded correctly, even with the 'hard disk' feature set to turn off after 15 minutes? If so, I don't think I have anything to worry about. I turn my computer off manually (to sleep), except this 'hard disk' feature is putting me in a tough spot. Can't decide why (by default) my computer wants to turn off hard disks after 15 minutes, when I already expect this to happen when I shut it down manually.
Personally, I like CRASHPLAN and I recommend it. For $3/month(so it's cheaper) you can get online and offsite backups - unlimited and it's considered to be very reliable, search the web if you don't believe me, it is. They also have tons of other great features, like for example, in the plus plan, you can have them come at your door with a hard drive to collect backups(which they will then quickly upload to their servers), if it's so very huge.
I appreciate your recommendation, but for my needs.. Carbonite is the only way to go. I've done a great deal of research into cloud services, and have found Carbonite to be the best suited. With a BBB rating of A+, "unlimited" backup, annual pricing w/2 months free, encryption, OS integration, and an Android app... it's one tough cookie to beat, at least for right now. Carbonite's premium service has the hard drive delivery service too, and on top of all this --Leo Laporte has recommended Carbonite many times on his TechGuy TWiT radio/podcasts. BAM!
Edited by Curious Mew, 12 June 2012 - 04:30 PM.