December 15, 2018
Cloud Storage Reviews

Does online backup software slow down my PC?

There are a lot of concerns surrounding the use of cloud backup solutions, particularly since a proprietary backup software needs to be installed in users PCs in order for the backup system to work properly. Will the online backup software slow down your PC? Let's find out, shall we?

About the Software

An online backup software does two main things: the initial setup process and automated backup creations. The initial setup is rather easy to complete. You simply need to go through a series of steps and define certain parameters as needed by the cloud backup solution.

The parameters you need to define are:

Files and folders that need to be monitored and backed up

The frequency of automated backup creation (i.e. real-time or scheduled)

Account details for accessing the online cloud server

Bandwidth management and throttling configurations

After completing the initial setup process, the software will then start uploading your files and create the first cloud backup image. Depending on your internet connection, this process can take anything from a few hours to several days.

Once the initial backup creation is completed, any changes to your files will automatically be backed up to the cloud. The scan for updates is done in real-time - meaning your files will automatically be stored in the cloud as soon as you are done with editing them - or scheduled.

Impact on Performance

Top cloud backup solutions use proprietary software for maximum performance. Since the online backup software is specifically designed for your operating system, you can expect it to perform superbly even under heavy load.

Bandwidth throttling allows you to continue using your internet connection during file uploads. In short, it limits the use of bandwidth when other connections are made.

The combination of these seemingly simple features is truly tremendous. You will not feel any difference in performance even when you are using your computer when the software is storing files in the cloud. The online backup software will not slow down your PC.

Optimizing the Backup Creation Process

Although your online backup software will not reduce your PC's performance as it is, you can still take active steps towards optimizing the backup creation process. Not only will you be saving a lot of bandwidth, you can also speed up the initial and subsequent backup creations greatly.

Start by removing any duplicate file you might have before beginning the backup creation process. There are free tools that you can use to find duplicate files in just a few clicks.

You may also want to optimize the monitored files and folders. Organize files based on the criteria you set yourself so that you can later on access the files you need with ease. Files that are organized into folders will be backed up much faster; the online backup software picks up these folders and organizes files inside it accordingly in the cloud.

Last but not least, adjust the software settings to better suit your needs. Backup frequency and other configurations can be fine-tuned for better performance and efficiency.