ZoolZ is a backup service that allows you to backup any type of file to their servers. Unlike other backup services, ZoolZ does not impose limit on file sizes, and you can even backup system files and other executables that are currently locked by Windows. The program uses the volume shadow service to accomplish this functionality.
When you sign up for a free account, you will receive 10 GB of lifetime free space. The promotion that we are going to talk about today extends that free space to 100 GB.
ZoolZ even though not the most popular, is supposed to be reliable since they do not use their own servers for providing the backup service. ZoolZ uses Amazon Glacier for backing up user files. Those who are not familiar, Glacier is a cold storage service designed for secure, low cost data archiving.
The advantage of Glacier is clearly the cost, but the drawback is data retrieval time. Data can take up to 5 hours to retrieve. So if you need your backup data to be readily available when you need it, then this is not the right backup service for you.
Desktop and Mobile Clients
Coming back to ZoolZ, the developers offer a dedicated client for Windows and Mac to help users upload files automatically on a set schedule or on demand. There are apps available for mobile devices (Android and iOS) as well, but their functionality is very limited, as you cannot use it to backup files. Moreover, since the files are stored on cold storage, you will not be able to stream or view the contents that you have backed up. You can only view the file names, size and dates on the mobile app.
The web dashboard’s functionality is also limited. You can view the storage space used, devices linked and that is all that you can do. You cannot upload files through the web dashboard. However, you can request files for download from cold storage (limited to 1GB). When ready, you will receive an email with a link to download the files.
The desktop client on the other hand offer a lot of control over your backup. We will take a detailed walk through of the features it offers
The first time you launch ZoolZ, you will be asked to login to your account. Once you are logged in, you will be greeted with a quick selection of file categories that you may want to backup (Mail, Music, Pictures, Videos, Documents, Financial Files, eBooks and more). For more granular control, you should switch to the “My Computer” tab that allows you to select specific files, folders and even drives for backup.
In the next screen, you will be asked to select your backup schedule. By default, backups are set to run every 2 hours. However, you can change to a schedule of your liking that can range from every 5 minutes to 24 hours.
You can optimize resource usage by throttling uploads speeds during work hours, or pause backups altogether while displaying presentations, watching movies and playing games. For maximum upload speeds, you also have the option to turn on multi-threaded backup, but that can choke down your internet connection. So use with caution.
One noteworthy setting, especially if you need your backups readily available is “Hybrid+”, which allows you to simultaneously backup your files on a local drive or network drive. We strongly recommend using this feature if you have the space.
Restoring files is where the primary weakness of ZoolZ lies. As mentioned before, there is waiting time involved, which can take up to 5 hours, before your files are ready for download. In addition to the waiting time, another drawback of the restoration process is that you cannot place another restoration request until the current one is complete. This can be frustrating if you have to restore files from two different paths. Only positive aspect of the restoration process is that you can close the client window after requesting to restore the files. The process is taken care of in the background.
The desktop client can restore files to the same location or you can choose a location of your own. ZoolZ also supports file versioning, up to 10, which means you can roll back to the previous version of your file, if available, during the restoration process. File versioning can come in very handy if you want to undo edits of a document you have worked on, or restore a previous version of a file that has corrupted.
ZoolZ is almost perfect for archive and long term backup. The desktop clients are feature rich and provide a lot of control over your upload, which even some of the major cloud services lack. However, cold storage involves a waiting period for files restoration that might frustrate some users. Plus you will be missing out on crucial features, which cloud storage providers flaunt, such as streaming, sharing and syncing files. If you can live without these, then definitely give ZoolZ a go.
Extend Your Free Storage
ZoolZ is offering 100 GB of lifetime storage, but the offer is only available to residents in United Kingdom. If you are not from the UK, you can still enjoy the promotion. The following steps will guide you on how to register even if you are not from the UK.
- Download Windscribe VPN and change the server location to UK (Skip this step if you are a UK resident)
- After changing your server location, visit the Promotion Page
- Register with your details. On successful registration, you will receive the following screen.
- Download the ZoolZ client from your account dashboard.
- Install and enjoy 100 GB of lifetime free storage.