LBNL and the IT Division are pleased to offer a backup service for PC and Mac desktops and laptops, called Carbonite, that is reliable, cost effective and easy-to-use.

Carbonite is easy to install and runs unobtrusively in the background. It securely encrypts your data for your protection. More importantly, restoring your files, whether just a few or your entire backup, takes just a few clicks. Restoring to a new computer, after a crash or an upgrade, is easy as well. Unlimited backup storage is only $4.00 monthly, billed yearly @ $48.00.

Note that Carbonite backs up your files, not your operating system or applications. This makes backups faster and easier, but may make it more complex to rebuild your system after a complete system failure.

Carbonite is currently available for Windows and Macintosh (Intel-based) computers. Information on backup services for other operating systems can be found here.

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To get started, go to software.lbl.gov, choose "Purchase Software", then look for Carbonite, under “Utilities Software”.


Desktop Backups with Carbonite is a fully supported service.

While the Help Desk will be able to offer advice, and MPSG can assist with installation, it's easy enough that online support, available at carbonite.com, should be all you need.

Installation and troubleshooting instructions are available from IT here.

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