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Giveaway of the day — Zoolz Cloud Archive for Home (100GB)

FREE 100 GB cloud storage for life!
$14.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 126 (87%) 19 (13%) 97 comments

Zoolz Cloud Archive for Home (100GB) was available as a giveaway on August 18, 2017!

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$55.96
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Recover various deleted/lost iOS files on iPhone, iPad and iPod. Free on GOTD!

Zoolz is a market leading provider of cloud based storage. Our mission is to provide an affordable and secure cloud solution for users. Our innovative platform is made with you in mind. The user experience is focused on simplicity. But that’s not all, in just a few clicks you secure all your critical data with military-grade encryption.

What’s included?

  • 1 user license;
  • Protects photos, videos and documents;
  • Super fast upload;
  • No bandwidth limitations;
  • Lifetime backup.

System Requirements:

Windows Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10 (x32/x64); At least 512MB of RAM; Intel Pentium 4 processor or above, AMD Athlon 64; 200 MB of free hard drive space; OS X v10.7 or later; At least 2GB of memory; At least 150MB of available storage; Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3+, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge

Publisher:

Zoolz

Homepage:

http://home.zoolz.co.uk/100gb-free-lifetime/

File Size:

81.3 MB

Price:

$14.99

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#32

Very impressed with the "Hybrid" mode. You can make a local back up, plus add to your cloud at the same time. Very smart.

Reply   |   Comment by St Ziggy  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#31

Ha! I am not impressed -- if I HAVE to backup from MicroSoft's pre-determined folders -- not the folders where I have decided to put my files!

I NEVER keep my documents in a MS Docs subdirectory, and I certainly never keep my photos in MyPhotographs. Why should I? So that any hacker, or more likely a virus, knows exactly where to make a bee-line for, in order to attack?

Why can't WE decide where to back up from?

Unless I can find the way -- or somebody here has already done it -- this is pretty well USELESS, because I am not moving all my files and sub-directories just so I can use this give away.

And correct me if I am wrong, but it looks like even if I did get a bunch of files backed up, I cannot later go looking for, and download just ONE wanted file.

I'd be happy to be corrected...

Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

-- Well, I correct myself!

I spoke too soon -- there is another tab at the top where you can choose which partition and which subdirectories you wish to back up!

Okay then.... I guess it's worth having -- as a second backup....

Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Tranmontane -- That's me, coming back to say that now I have tried it, and find there are quite a few useful settings, like days and times to re-back up, I can say it looks like it could be a useful tool to have.

Once you select your disk partition, you then have to select which sub-directories or folders you want to back up. Each time you select or de-select a folder, the programme recalculates how much space you will be using up, before you start the backup.

In my case, I was surprised how quickly 100Gb goes! So I had to go back and click several folders OFF.

Before you start backing up you can choose how much bandwidth you wish to devote to it (useful if you want to leave that computer to talk to Zoolz, while browsing on another computer). It starts out at 128Kbps. I chose 256Kbps and hope that allows me plenty of bandwidth to carry on with my work.

All-in-all, it is a simply-operated programme that could come in useful. The only trouble of course is that 100Gb goes VERY fast -- so of course it is more of a come-on for their services.

Okay -- but then the only problem you MAY have (as outlined elsewhere here) -- is, will they still be in business in a year or two's time? Because they have different plans (for upload speed, for instance) my betting is they will be.

Hope so -- because I'm just uploading 95Gb of files.

As a SECOND backup, of course.

Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

I logged in with the window that came up during the installation. Then, I went to the link in the readme file and it said that the email was being used. When I try to back up it only registers on the 50 GB side, not the 100 GB side.

Reply   |   Comment by Sue  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#29

Went to page to activate and click button to activate and nothing happens. Tried 3 different browsers.

Reply   |   Comment by william barth  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#28

I need Linux support, as well as, Win and Mac. I'll have to pass for now, but it does look interesting and I will set myself a reminder to check it out in another 6 months or year to see if they have decided to join the rest of the world where Linux is pretty common. But thanks to them for at least offering this to Windows users.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#27

Super capacitance. Lifetime ? - Double cool. Can I upload and store encrypted data? Nothing illegal only my private backups and family photos. Domain is * .uk in data encryption in the UK is suspicious, the authorities can order the release of decryption keys.

Reply   |   Comment by Billyboy  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#26

Hi. Just putting my 2 cents here.
I just bought the 2TB plan from another website, $45.00 after coupon, and I thought I'd give my unrequested opinion.
The Good
1- 100GB is enough for a regular user with pictures (10GB in my case), important documents, game saves, etc. If you want to back up your movies or if you are a pro photographer you need 1TB+
2- This is only COLD storage! Meaning? If you lose the files in your pc it will take from 3 to 5 hours for Zoolz to prepare the files and give them to you. Add to that the time that it will take to download said files. The good thing about this is that your files will NEVER be deleted (Unless you go to the web site and delete them yourself). You can browse the files in your browser
3- Speed. I've tested uploading 1GB worth of files, it takes my computer around 10 minutes to upload 1GB (Six m. just now with a 1.5GB folder!), I haven't downloaded any files from the cold vault yet. My internet speed is 10Gbs up and 80gbs down (As claimed by my evil ISP)
4- Lots of people complain about slow speeds, here some factors: Old modem/computer, your internet speed, you're streaming an HD movie and downloading another one at the same time while backing up (Not gonna happen!)
Someone online mentioned a problem with the router settings that slows down uploads. The Zools program has some settings to speed uploads, try 'em.
5- Price. They have good offers for ‘lifetime’ accounts. For the “but how’s abouts when they go out of business?” crowd, well, the company has been on since 2010/2012, if they go out of business in three years then I got three years for $45.00, anything after that is the cherry on the cake. I got Zoolz because the speed is decent and the price is right since money is tight right now. I wish I could write more about all the backup providers I’ve tested this week, maybe I’ll get a youtube account and do that.
The Bad
1- The Zoolz desktop program doesn’t have ‘Instant vault’ functionality! (If you bought it, my plan came with 1TB hot and 1TB cold storage) Instant Vault works like this: from the website you upload your files and from the website you download them. Unlike Dropbox and others, Zools doesn’t give you a folder to sync your files nor a way to do so from the desktop program. This is dumb. Very inconvenient. They claim that you can ‘Drag and Drop’ files but I’ve tried with .jpgs and it won’t work, a video clip did ‘tho. You can also click a button, select files in the explorer window, etc. Again, inconvenient
2- Lack of info on the desk client. Needs more stats, I’d love to know exactly what files I’ve backed instead of going to the explorer file tree, how long it took for my last download. The logs are useless to the average user, other companies I tried give you a log with a list of files uploaded, failed files, time it took etc. some send you emails when your backup’s done/failed.
3- Invasion of Privacy. Zoolz records your files metadata! They can’t read the files (they claim) but they record their metadata, why? how? what for?

I hope this helps. Every person has different needs and equipment, you need to do your homework to find what keeps your pc safe.
PS- My plan: Files stay on C Drive, copy goes to Cold Vault and external HD (Zoolz’ Hybrid+) If Ext. HD fails> restore from Main Drive, same if Main Drive fails. If ALL HDs fail (fire, theft) restore from Cold Vault. Files I’d need right away go to the Instant Vault.

Reply   |   Comment by A-New-ZoolzUser  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#25

Logged into the web site ok, but the desktop app will not connect. Just a progress bar that goes forever. Dashboard shows zero computers so I can't do anything.

Reply   |   Comment by MSRebel54  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

MSRebel54,

Download and run ZoolzSetup.exe.

Reply   |   Comment by Freeby  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Freeby, That's the first thing I did. That program installs, but never connects. Just a never ending progress bar from left to right after the program installs. I can find no other reference to this particular problem, so evidently zoolzs is not going to work for my windows 10 setup. At this point, it's more trouble than it's worth, so I will just delete my account. Thanks for responding though!

Reply   |   Comment by MSRebel54  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

MSRebel54,
Well, I'm using Windows 7, so I may be out of my depth here. But, for what it's worth, I just got an e-mail entitled "Tip 1 of 3" from Zools:

Follow these 3 simple steps to setup your backup:
Open the Zoolz Client software from your desktop

Select the files you wish to backup

Customize your backup settings

And you're done.

For a complete illustration on how to setup your backup, click here

Note: If you haven't downloaded the Zoolz setup yet, download it from here

Regards,
Zoolz Team
http://www.zoolz.com/

Maybe you got it, too. If you need the links, let me know.
-- Freeby

Reply   |   Comment by Freeby  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

I don´t understand the complaints here. I´ve used Zoolz 1TB for some time so, ladies and gents, note the following: The speed can be adjusted within the software and if that doesn´t do it for you check your internet. Maybe your ISP has some cap re your upload speed. Also it´s always faster to download than to upload. The backup offered does not work like f x your Dropbox account. This free offer is for stuff that you don´t need on a daily basis, but stuff you want to keep anyway. If you are more comfortable with a Dropbox/Google Drive type of cloud storage you should try MEGA. MEGA, started by the well known Kim DotCom and offers 50GB for free. Open 2 accounts and there you go 100GB. Just google mega.co.nz (he´s from New Zealand).

Reply   |   Comment by jacob  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#23

Thank you, got the 100 GB storage. Much appreciated.
Zoolz, being a London based company with address, telephone number et all, has my trust as far technology is concerned.
They currently run a life-time one-time payment offer, which I might follow up providing my cold storage backup coming with today's offer proves useful. Unfortunately right now, it does not work as expected. I want nothing else saved apart from what I have in one specific folder (mp4).
I'm no novice to web storage, using GDrive, Dropbox and OneDrive successfully. Zoolz seems to have a somewhat different approach which may clash with what I would find useful.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#22

I tried Zoolz's free trial on another giveaway site. I liked it and purchased 1 TB lifetime for what I thought was a very reasonable price. This 1 TB was broken down into 500 GB of active storage and 500 GB of cold storage. I won't explain the difference here as you can find out for yourself on their website.

I was so happy with the installation, uploading and managing of my data that I purchased a second 1 TB deal for the same price. I did set this account up on a different PC using a different email address.

Now, I see elsewhere Zoolz is offering a 2 TB account at another very good price and I will likely purchase that too using a third email address.

This might sound a little unmanageable, but I do it for two reasons: first to segregate my different types of data (ex. music files on one account, videos on another, etc.) The second reason is that it is quite a bit more expensive to add storage, PCs, and users to your existing account than to create a new account taking advantage of available offers.

Perhaps I am gaming their model a little and maybe they will change it in the future, but for now, I think it is an organized inexpensive way to manage your backup/archived data. My main point is that I am very happy with Zoolz and the way they are set up now. However, it would be even better if I could combine my two (and soon three) accounts into one with multiple users/PCs for a reasonable fee.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#21

Got it registered now. Appeared to be successful at uploading, but why does it say, "Not Protected" on my dashboard?

Reply   |   Comment by Freeby  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

The only complaints I've read so far is that the Zoolz Cloud is very slow. Well may be that is the case but it is free and you do get 100Gb. Seems to me this is a win-win situation. Whether you use it or not that's up to you but at least you will always have that option.
Thanks GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Gerrymar  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Gerrymar, I dunno, but after discovering that I CAN upload my choice of sub-directories, I then assembled a whole bunch into the upload list -- then had to keep going back and knocking folders off, as it was far more than 100Gb!

Okay, so when I had got it down, I started uploading.... well, I don't know for sure if it is my (old) computer, but I have pretty good bandwidth, with no problem watching videos, etc. Yet, the upload was SO SLOW -- after more than 24 hours, barely 3Gb had been uploaded!

It COULD be the computer, but I am doubtful. I will try with my other computer, with another account. But if that is similarly S L O W (I really, really hope not!) than I will regretfully DUMP it, London-based company or not. Because at the present rate of going (even when using "Full bandwidth" too!) it will take a MONTH to upload my 100 gigs.

And sorry, I am not sure I will be around that long!

Well, not if I have to sit by my computer, waiting to save just one tenth of a terabyte of files -- because that's ridiculous!

Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

Quite impressive. No problem installing and registering - esp with the link provided above.

Reply   |   Comment by Toby  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#18

Once uinstalled this from another site.
It is SOOOOOOOOOOO SLOOOOOOOOOOOOW as to be almost useless.
Would have taken 18 hrs to back up the 6gb I was testing with.
There must be better out there than this.

Reply   |   Comment by GWS  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

GWS,

I think most on-line access is set up for higher download speeds, since that's what's most used, at the expense of very low upload speeds. One way around it is to ship the cloud provider a hard drive [or drives] with the initial data -- Zoolz calls their service Copy, Encrypt & Ship -- & then upload incremental backups.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

GWS,
I just installed from THIS site.
4.07 GB in 43 min.

Reply   |   Comment by bendan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Bendan, he meant to back up and restore files in Cloud!

Reply   |   Comment by nibo1978  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

nibo1978,
He wrote "Would have taken 18 hrs to back up the 6gb I was testing with."
I backed up 4.07 GB in 43 min.

Please read and think before adding your opinion.

Reply   |   Comment by bendan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

bendan, would be more useful if you added your maximum upload speed provided by your current ISP connection too.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

GWS, would be more useful if you added your maximum upload speed provided by your current ISP connection too. We could then figure out if the bottleneck is your upload bandwidth or their servers being overloaded by the popularity of the offer!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

GWS,

22639 files (58.5GB) in 11 hours for me :)

Reply   |   Comment by Ivan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

GWS,

and this at average 45Mbps, also I have selected multithreaded option in the settings, try it if that helps. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Ivan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

GWS, If you take encryption off, will be a lot faster.

Jos

Reply   |   Comment by Othello86  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Ivan, wait til you need to access one of those files. Have fun! (it is not)

Reply   |   Comment by mahaal  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

bendan, Can you please define "THIS site"? You mean through GOTD?

How do you do that, without a URL on this page leading to the developer??

from the developer's details at the top of this page??

I think it would help to clarify that....

Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Learn you are the difference between "restore backup" and "installing" Installing means install software. Restore backups means replace broken or lost files with files from a backup.

Reply   |   Comment by Rico2912  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Tranmontane, some people like nibo1978, you and I thought he meant the "Giveawayoftheday"-Site with "THIS Site" and then he does not seem to know the difference between "install" and "restore backup". He would have written better:
"I just recovered from the cloud 4.07 GB in 43 min." Then there would have been no problems of understanding.

Reply   |   Comment by Rico2912  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

In the past, I had at least 10 cloud backup companies that went belly up.
So, when they say life time license and support, they mean their life time not yours.
Most of those companies are start ups and when the funds dry up, the end has come.
Most of my uploaded data got confiscated by those companies in the past.
They can not compete with the big ones and I predict the life time means 2-3 years tops.

Reply   |   Comment by jerry  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+60)

jerry,

If you want to be more assured that your data's safe, store it in more than one place, & that includes cloud service providers. Amazon, Microsoft, & Google have all had mishaps, though it's rare.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#16

As far as I can see, it's impossible to browse backed up files online. Am I wrong?
If so you may have a problem of downloading gigs of data to retrieving one little file (I had this experience with a similar service named Degoo)

Reply   |   Comment by ickr  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

ickr,

There are 2 types of storage, hot & cold... Cold storage [included with this offer] only lets you view images -- you have to restore backups, which also means a delay before downloading starts. Zoolz also offers hot storage where you can see & access individual files, but Amazon, where their cloud storage is located, charges more for hot storage.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#15

Once installed it opens a Zoolz login screen. DO NOT USE THIS ONE. IT WILL CREATE A TRIAL ACCOUNT. Use the one supplied on the link on the readme.txt file and you'll be OK with the 100GB free account offered by Zoolz and GAOTD. Thank you for this offer.
mario

Reply   |   Comment by Mario Trzes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#14

Excruciatingly, painfully slow to backup files! In one hr and 15 min, it has just backed up only 900MB.

Reply   |   Comment by bohurupi  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

bohurupi,

You've got faster upload speeds than I have using cable broadband. :(

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

bohurupi, That seems like a reasonable time frame for nearly a GB of data.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#13

Please know that this is a lifetime plan not a trial.. whoever is having issues with signup or have any questions on this product send a direct message to sales@zoolz.com

Whoever wasn't able to sign up or a trial came up, please provide the email used in the inquiry for us to activate the account.

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Ariel green  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#12

Why do I need this if I am backing it up at home?

Reply   |   Comment by George James Ducas  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

George James Ducas, it's called offsite backup and is one of the backup strategies recomended in case of catastrophic disaster, earthquake, fire, tornado, explosion destroying your home then your important data would still be available stored away from home. It does not replace local backups which are far quicker to recover from but augments the level of protection if the data is stored in multiple copies around multiple geographical locations.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

George James Ducas,

It's always good to have an off-site backup as well. Backing up at home is great, but what if your house burns down while you're away?

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

George James Ducas, This is difficult to answer without knowing your method of backup.
Are you referring to a basic windows backup on the same computer?
Are you using an external drive?
Are you using a NAS?
What would you do if your house burns down?
Professional backups require multiple location storage for mission critical data.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

George James Ducas, Well, if there's a fire at your home, your backup may get fried. YMMV.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

George James Ducas,

"Why do I need this if I am backing it up at home?"

If you're talking about something like complete disk/partition image backups, I think those are *usually* only stored in the cloud after sending hard drives with the data to the cloud provider -- after that, the much smaller amount of data from incremental backups is uploaded. That's because uploads usually take too long. I think for many [most?] folks, if you've got 30 GB or more of backup data, storing a hard drive in a PO Box or safe deposit box might be the best, easiest route for off-site storage [Blu-ray would work if the media was reliable -- most is not].

That said, instead of performing disk/partition image backups in the 1st place, the model Microsoft's been pushing is to backup your data only -- not your software & not Windows. Windows 10 can [usually -- hopefully] always be restored, & worse case downloaded & installed. Software can usually be downloaded if necessary & reinstalled. And storing your stuff [your data] is where Zoolz [& One Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon etc.] usually comes in. You store your stuff on-line, & access it whenever, wherever, using you phone, PC, laptop etc.

And you should probably store it in more than one place as well... Stuff happens. If you care about your data, e.g. photos, it's your responsibility & no one else's. *To me*, Zoolz is attractive because with Windows 10 always connected to One Drive, I figure if 10's compromised, the bad guys have got access to that One Drive account.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Just a thought BUT many have grumbled about how slow it is backing up........I would wonder, IS it your PROVIDER that's the problem - most CABLE JOKERS may have a usable Download speed but TYPICALLY their UP-LOAD is likely ONE TENTH your DOWNLOAD connection........or even less..
IN my case, and my "name brand provider", with nearly 3TB's of info, I'd die of old age trying to backup to a CLOUD.

Reply   |   Comment by iwontell  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Patrick, Mail a Hard Drive backup to yourself........if you house burns, the Post Office will likely deliver it to you.............a YEAR OR SO FROM NOW.
PS - don't use FEDEX......they will get it back to you before you house burns.......hee-hee

Reply   |   Comment by iwontell  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#11

How does this work? Can I access my lifetime cloud storage from a different PC that does not have this software installed?
What if I switch to a different PC 2 years from now... I assume I won't be able to install the software again, as the 'giveawayoftheday' has expired by then.

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

Patrick,

I am a user and not part of Zoolz, the license provides a web based account to log into, the PC software will ask you for this account when you install the software the second time, so its not a software license to activate the program.

Reply   |   Comment by John Q.  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

John Q., this is wrong. He must buy then a second licence for the new PC!

Reply   |   Comment by nibo1978  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Can I map it as a network drive?
Can I store encrypted disk images without Zoolz adding it's own encryption on top of it?
What's with the 3-5 hours wait before restoring begins?

From the web site:
Simple Restore
With Zoolz you can restore a single file or everything. Just select what you want to restore, after 3-5 hours, the restore will begin without any intervention.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Chris,

"Can I map it as a network drive?"
The simplest answer is no, it is a backup package and not a device sync package.

"What's with the 3-5 hours wait before restoring begins?"
The 3-5 hours is due to the storage type used at Amazon, it used Amazon Glacier for data archiving and long-term backup.

Reply   |   Comment by John Q.  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Chris,

Based on reading the on-line help & this review...
cloudwards[.]net/review/zoolz/

"Can I map it as a network drive?"

I don't believe so -- you don't have direct access to the storage, but use their software [appears to be Genie9] to backup your selected files/folders.

"Can I store encrypted disk images without Zoolz adding it's own encryption on top of it?"

It doesn't look like it -- using their software, files are encrypted by your device before being sent or uploaded -- but I could be wrong... I found this article in their on-line helps that says: "If you have already configured the backup without encryption, you must drop it and configure a new one again to set your own encryption password, by uninstalling Zoolz." I did not however find anything else that even hinted that you have a choice other than use their software's internal password or your own.
wiki[.]zoolz[.]com/can-i-specify-my-own-encryption-password-for-zoolz/

"What's with the 3-5 hours wait before restoring begins?"

There are two different types of storage -- hot or immediate & cold, & it's the cold, designed for long-term storage, that's offered with this GOTD. You can read about Amazon's Glacier storage option here:
aws[.]amazon[.]com/glacier/

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#9

How do "Lifetime backup" and "1 year license" work together?

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Hartsfield  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Chris Hartsfield, Where does it say "1 year license"? I only see "1 user licence"

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Everest  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Robert Everest, My bad, you are correct! Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Hartsfield  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Chris Hartsfield, where did you get "1 year license" from it's not in the description above or on the offer home page... only the standard accounts are subscription based as far as I can see!

Seems like a potentially usable offer for many, but not for me 100G is not enough for me to backup any but my smallest netbook to. And cloud backup would take months to do a backup at 1Meg bit/sec upload speed I have here. One would need to be able to courier them an encrypted disk image on a disk to transfer to the cloud backup at locally connected hardware speeds to make it viable for system backups.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Robert Everest, Keep Reading :

"
Zoolz is a market leading provider of cloud based storage. Our mission is to provide an affordable and secure cloud solution for users. Our innovative platform is made with you in mind. The user experience is focused on simplicity. But that’s not all, in just a few clicks you secure all your critical data with military-grade encryption.

What’s included?

1 user license;
Protects photos, videos and documents;
Super fast upload;
No bandwidth limitations;
Lifetime backup. "

Reply   |   Comment by D Webb  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#8

To The Owner of Zoolz, First let me say this is a most generous offer. And I would really like to support your company, But, on your pricing plans you offer big accounts for 40.00 and 100.00 a year. I challenge you to rethink or actually just think about that. What am I going to be doing this time next year. I may be in jail or space or homeless or etc etc etc.... So why do companies that store data term limit storage to a year. It just doesn't make any sense to me. If I buy storage I would usually buy a HDD to keep my data stored locally forever. Now your great for backing up my data but I would want it to be forever not just next year. You see where I am coming from.

Reply   |   Comment by Kerry Voss  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#7

Not clear exactly what's happening. Is it automatic backup of any designated folders? Or just one folder that this app adds to your machine, like a dropbox folder?
In the cloud only or also to a home network designated drive?
Is there any syncing across computers, like SugarSync or pCloud (which also let you designate which folders)?

Reply   |   Comment by glnz  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

glnz,

I am a current user and not part of Zoolz.

"Not clear exactly what's happening. Is it automatic backup of any designated folders? Or just one folder that this app adds to your machine, like a dropbox folder?"
It does automatically select the My Documents of folders but you can add and remove from this during setup or even adjust it later.

"In the cloud only or also to a home network designated drive?"
Cloud Only Backup service.

"Is there any syncing across computers, like SugarSync or pCloud (which also let you designate which folders)?"
It is for secure off-site backup, it does not sync across PCs.

Reply   |   Comment by John Q.  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

glnz,

It's not like One Drive, Google, or Dropbox... You sign in, same as those services, but rather than just running in the background, syncing one or more folders, you select what you want to backup, like a regular backup app. Another difference is that since this offer apparently uses Amazon's Glacier storage, you can only view image files you've stored to this account -- everything else, e.g. restoring backed up files/folders, requires a delay.

You should use hot storage [rather than this offer's cold storage] for files that you want to share, though according to their on-line help you can restore your backups in cold storage using any device. The free account you get with this GOTD also limits you to 2 PCs, I'm assuming as sources of backups.


Zoolz can also backup your on-line accounts, e.g. Facebook, but I'm not sure if that works with this offer. You can either pay for an account with hot storage, meaning immediate access [vs. long-term cold storage], or get limited amounts of storage free, e.g. signing in with their Android app.

As far as where stuff's stored, by default it's in the cloud at your Zoolz account, but there's a Hybrid backup that also stores a copy of the backup locally, e.g. on an external drive. I haven't seen anything about being able to sync files/folders across devices.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#6

I have never been able to record any my document to cloud...

Reply   |   Comment by pavlo janko  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)
#5

Is this a 14 day trial or am I doing something wrong?

Reply   |   Comment by Bitterclinger  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#4

100 gigs for life.... really? That would depend on if the company paying for the server is even around in 12 months. Nothing is for life, unless Microsoft or a Government was paying for the server, in which case, I'd be concerned about snooping. Sorry, not for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Kiwi1960  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Kiwi1960, http://home.zoolz.co.uk/#home_why_zoolz_anchor

Reply   |   Comment by audiomonk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

Kiwi1960,

"100 gigs for life.... really? That would depend on if the company paying for the server is even around in 12 months."

It means you would not have to pay again. As far as your data goes, you would presumably have it stored in more than one place, or should anyway, so the loss of one copy doesn't mean it's gone for good. Stuff happens, including in the cloud, including with Amazon's data storage services, so while the odds are much greater your data might be lost at your end, it can still happen at theirs.

"Nothing is for life..."

I couldn't resist mentioning the age-old duo, Death & Taxes. ;)

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Kiwi1960, Just for amusement, I sure as H wouldn't and don't depend on ANYTHING related to Microsoft OR Government.........but then what day will SATA drives disappear from Computers like IDE has, and SSD gets hit by an EMP thus your up the creek and no conversion.....
Guess I'll just have to print out about a MILLION pages (well 785,000 files) and store then where "mice" can't eat them up.........or perhaps carve them on some Cave wall for future generations to discover.

Reply   |   Comment by iwontell  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

The bigger issue is: where are these servers located?

Reply   |   Comment by AdG  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+48)

AdG, http://www.zoolz.co.uk/resources-data-center-locations/

Reply   |   Comment by audiomonk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

audiomonk,

From the user being linked to the stores in various locations - is it correct to take this as meaning data from UK users ( designated by the email address - or what ?) will be kept on UK based servers and held under the UK and where superseded by that, EU data security and confidentially agreements and requirements, and the data will not be disclosed to the USA, or any other government departments or organisations including any who can get non-UK/EU courts to declare that the data is 'global' and thus under their jurisdictions?

Reply   |   Comment by James Button  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#2

I tried to take advantage of this offer at another site. Unfortunately it is not available in my country of South Korea. That may be the case for other countries as well.

Reply   |   Comment by dadams  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#1

Great, this is one of the best freebies you can get.

Reply   |   Comment by Anthony  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-31)

Anthony, Couldn't agree more, works well and a very generous give away.

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