Global Data Vault

January 17, 2006 in 3 out of 5 stars, A service

What is it?

Global Data Vault: It's the best solution I've found yet to the problem created by busy small business owners not taking the time to backup their important computer files. Worse still, many of my web design clients don't relocate backup CDs to a remote location. And that's assuming they remember to burn CDs or DVDs this week. GDV users install their free client software, choose directories they want automatically backed up at night, and it takes care of the rest. Restoring a backup is easy and can be completed on any computer--not just the computer that died or corrupted data.


Who makes it?

Global Data Vault, Inc.

Why is it the killerest?

No more CD or DVD backups! Who can remember to do that on a regular basis, anyway? It's also easy to use and they provide EXCELLENT phone support compared to most--but you'll probably never need it! Also supports many of the most recently passed federal regulations regarding data and privacy protection. (HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley)

What could be improved?

Their website is kinda clunky and of course, this service only works for those with broadband Internet connections.

How much does it cost?

Starting at $9/mo for 300MB up to $400+/mo for 35GB+.


Reviewed by Ben Damman

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Great tip. I use a very similar product from Iron Mountain.

Same price, but you get 500Mb for that entry-level cost. I started using the service a couple weeks ago after a laptop fatality, and it works great so far. You might consider checking them out as an alternative.

Posted by: Jimmy | Jan 17, 2006 6:34:44 PM

Great tip Jimmy, thanks.

Posted by: Carson McComas | Jan 17, 2006 7:26:39 PM

Well, they're not exactly identical services, but it surprises me that gave Strongspace the same 3/5 stars when it was reviewed back in August ( -- we offer 4GiB of space for just $8 (through to 160GiB for $290, and have a beautiful interface to match!

Different reviews, different day I guess.

Posted by: Justin French | Jan 17, 2006 8:28:06 PM

Well, and different reviewers too Justin. But 3/5 is a great review. Remember, there's no crap here on WorkHappy (I wouldn't waste your time). Think of it as a 10 star rating, and we only deal with 6/10-10/10.

Posted by: Carson McComas | Jan 17, 2006 9:21:48 PM

It seems like Foldershare ( might be a good option as well. Sync up to 2GB for free.

I'm surprised that Google hasn't launched a solution into this space yet given how cheap storage space has become.


Posted by: Eric Mattson | Jan 18, 2006 10:49:49 AM

Wow this one really helped me out! I'm a small business owner and I just moved to my new office, so this kind of service may be a kickars for me and my little company.

Thank you guys!

Posted by: Javier Cabrera | Jan 18, 2006 3:45:11 PM

Sure Carson, I understand different reviewers will have different opinions, and we appreciate the exposure here, but I'm sure you can also understand my reaction.

Posted by: Justin French | Jan 18, 2006 4:02:53 PM

I can indeed Justin, thanks for chiming in.

Posted by: Carson McComas | Jan 18, 2006 5:18:25 PM