Weird Mozy Experience

MozyI read that Mozy, an online backup service, introduced a beta for Mac users over at TUAW.com. I figured I’d backup a couple of things on Mozy because off-site backup is a good idea in general.

I wanted to backup 90MB worth of documents (Mozy gives you 2GB), so I fired up Mozy and got a Mozy Backup Status window. After 80% or so was uploaded, the upload bitrate dropped to zero and didn’t come back. I checked my internet connection and it was fine. It looked like Mozy locked up.

Then I went over to cancel the backup so I could try again later. The backup would not cancel at first. I tried Activity Monitor to quit the process, but Mozy backup kept coming back after I quit the process. I also noticed in Finder that all my free space on my hard drive (a mere 6GB) was now down to 180KB. I didn’t know what to make of that. I removed Mozy from my login items in System Preferences and restarted. When I restarted, I noticed that I now had 240KB of space left on my hard drive.

I then uninstalled Mozy with Mozy’s included uninstaller and ran Onyx in hopes of regaining my 6GB. After a restart prompted by Onyx, I noticed that my menu bar didn’t look the same. I went into System Preferences and all my login items were gone. No Quicksilver, no iTunes Helper, nothing was left in my login items. Fortunately, I did recover the 6GB of free hard drive space.

While Mozy seems like a great idea in theory, I didn’t have such a great experience with the software.

Try it out if you’d like over at Mozy — maybe your experience will be different.