Best of Both Worlds: Connecting AetherStore’s Onsite Backup Capabilities to Your Cloud Backup Solution

local-cloudA cloud copy ensures you can access your data from anywhere with an internet connection, while your local copy in AetherStore guarantees fast and easy access even without one.

As a worker in the industry, I usually spend more time in front of the computer than anywhere else given an average day. As a result, I’ve inadvertently ended up hoarding all kinds of precious and unique information in digital form – years’ worth of work, legal documents, personal info, and cat pictures – all priceless and irreplaceable.

I try to be mindful and perform my due diligence to keep backups of my most sensitive information in the cloud, but cloud-based backup has its limits too. In Symantec’s survey of over 3,200 companies, 43% have lost data in the cloud at one point, and two-thirds of those organizations failed to retrieve their lost data in following recovery operations.1

The 3-2-1 Backup Rule suggests that the safest way to preserve important data is to keep both onsite and offsite copies of your data. That way, even if your offsite data is compromised, you can always rely on your onsite backup, and vice-versa. Unfortunately, the costs of setting up and maintaining a NAS can sometimes be prohibitively expensive for many small to medium-sized companies, rendering onsite backups an unfeasible or difficult option to pursue.

Many of our users have chosen AetherStore as the onsite component of their 3-2-1 Backup Strategy, and I’ve received a number of requests for instructions on how to integrate ’Store with some popular products & tools. As much as I love responding directly to each email, I figured it’d be best to put out some step-by-step tutorials for each of these requested products so that everyone can get going with AetherStore.

I’m kicking off this series with a tutorial for connecting AetherStore with Carbonite, an industry leader in cloud backup and the product that the most people have asked us about. I’ll be following on with other cloud backup providers (SOS Online Backup, IDrive) as well as freeware backup tools (Amanda Backup, URBackup) and sync tools (odrive, SyncBackPro), to name a few. I’ll continue to add more guides for other products and services as you request them – just PM me on SpiceWorks or email me at with your request and I’ll do the hard work for you and pump out some easy instructions! You can download AetherStore 2.0 here.

Connecting AetherStore & Carbonite:

In my original setup, I had Carbonite directly backing up files located in my C drive. You can see from the picture below that I also have my AetherStore drive set up already. If you need help setting up an AetherStore drive, check out Shannon’s post here.


1. Remove the link between Carbonite and your original backup target

You can un-link your original backup target by Right-clicking the target > ‘Carbonite’ > ‘Dont back this up’.

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2. Move files into your Store

Move any important files that you need backed up directly into AetherStore. This will be your new backup target, so any files you wish to backup in the future must go here as well.


3. Set your Store as a Carbonite backup target

Right-click on your AetherStore drive > ‘Carbonite’ > ‘Back this up’.


And that’s it! While AetherStore keeps encrypted, redundant, and self-healing copies of your most important files, Carbonite will be actively uploading those files to the cloud, ensuring both onsite and offsite backups of all your precious data.


It really is that easy.

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