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Zoolz Cloud Storage: 1TB Lifetime Subscription - $34.99 USD (~$47 AUD) @ Maclife


MacLife has a deal on where you get 1TB of Lifetime storage to the backup service Zoolz.

Store 1 TB of data for life, w/ no additional costs
Quickly & easily select the files you want to store w/ Smart Selection
Retrieve stored files in approximately 3-5 hours
Enjoy great features: backup scheduling, bandwidth throttling, icon overlay, file retention & more
Preview thumbnails of images
Get reliability w/ data stored over multiple facilities & devices

The reviews for the service seem fine (provided you don't need instant recovery of your data).


My referral link is here (I get $10 credit for each referral)

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  • I have it… It's slow to use and not great but for the price I suppose it's ok

    • I have this too. Its slow, cold storage. Which means if you want to retrieve your file, it takes a few hours before you can grab it. I'm guessing its stored on offline storage possibly on (Amazon glacier is dirt cheap $0.007 per GB / month), and they bring the storage online as required. I'm guessing most people don't use the full 1TB, only 100GB. So it costs them 70c per month.
      This is not a dropbox clone. You have to pay much much more for that, which I guess is where they make their money.
      I use this for backup storage of photos and home videos, but you can use it for long term backup of other files you do not need access to immediately.

      You are limited to what is on your hard drive. You cannot upload and then delete, or upload from the browser etc. For that, you need to pay a monthly subscription, same for immediate access to files, you need a monthly subscription.

    • It is OFFLINE storage, thats why it is so cheap and the model is not unsustainable. It is slow to retrieve as it needs to be physically fetched. Contrary to what is stated you CAN use external drives, usb etc and upload those and they will remain forever unlike most backup services. I have used it since launch some years ago and have a 100G free acct and 1T lifetime acct.

      There was some trouble with teh supposed unlimited accounts, but they have been discontinued.
      1TB is a very small amount for glacier.
      The next cheapest similar service would be the just launching C14, which while far physically more secure (they are building a fallout shelter 60m under france) is also a lotr pricier and you have to pay to deposit a and retrieve data, as well as a monthy per GB fee.

  • But will it last more than a year?
    This is the trouble with "lifetime" subscription service…


      yeah online storage isn't just a fixed, one off cost.
      When they close down, even if they give you a week's notice, how are you going to retieve all your stuff?

      • I think the idea is you keep a copy at home … trying to leave aws or azure, it's so slow and expensive to get your data out you just cancel subscription and move else where and upload your home copy again.

    • No it won't last.

      Even cloud storage companies who don't have lifetime subscription shutdown or bump up their prices all of a sudden.

      This is not a deal unless you only need storage for a short time…


      If there are enough customers, then it could last a lifetime.

      There would have to be some assumption that the funds will be reinvested in a financial instrument and a certain % of underutilisation. Then they just skim the interest/dividends each year to pay staff and upgrade equipment.

      A lot of companies don't get to this stage though.

      • No company does this…

        What are you.. a charity?


          You would be surprised how many companies run on this model / something similar even if all revenue isn't derived from one source… The big one is probably Apple, which reinvests spare cash into other industries. It's not new, maybe the way I described it is a bit confusing, but it happens all the time. It's sustainable if it reaches critical mass.

          Furthermore, these tech startups may also be getting subsidies from the government. I know a few countries that are currently giving out grants including Canada and the United Kingdom. I believe Zoolz is in the UK.

          Returning to the model, if you look closely, the firm is still able to generate more revenue through additional one-off payments from new customers. So, I guess it is in a way a lot like companies that sell products, get cash and then aren't able to put all of it into R&D because there aren't going to be that many more customers, so they have to find another way to boost the income to make it sustainable.

          Microsoft has its own problems with people hanging onto an old OS with a one-off payment. I guess they decided not to follow this route and they created their own problems with so many people still on XP. They could choose to do so if they wanted. It all comes down to how ethical a business is.

          Sometimes it is a balance of doing things sustainably or the whole business is going to fold anyway if it is setup without diversified income streams. Given the opportunity cost and possible future customers, it makes no sense to close something down if it is getting enough investment revenue to keep the company going. In fact the longer it stays alive, the more customers, and more profitable it becomes…

    • They have already been around much longer than a year

  • Lifetime storage for < $50? How the hell are they going to stay afloat? All they need is one bad batch of disks and their business goes belly up.

  • Oh look it's setup like a Ponzi scheme. I can definitely see this lasting a long tme!

  • Ponzi. Maybe but as also mention once they have reached nil or negative marginal return on maintaining systems it could ………….. fill in your own scenario. I suppose with any storage system you could loose your data. S?olution multiple place back up plus home unit.

    • Given you know nothing about the service this would seem to be looking for a defamation suit

  • Have been using this and its local based equivalent genie timeline for a number of years.

    It was fine up until they started to offer a lifetime subscription which immediately flags this business model as suspect in terms of how long will it last.

    It uses aws glacier storage. My unanswered question is if the company goes bust what happens to the data in aws? Im not the customer, the parent company of zoolz is. I cant access the storage directly as far as i can tell.

    In the end i didnt resubscribe and movingmoving slowly over to onedrive. At this stage i have a full backup that i could theoretically access in zoolz without a subscription just cant add to it.

    Of note services like make this far easier in the future if you have direct access.