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Backblaze Now Sponsoring TidBITS

I’m thrilled to welcome Backblaze as our latest long-term sponsor. Backblaze has been my online backup service of choice for the past few years, and I’m more than happy to recommend the company, especially if you need an alternative to CrashPlan (see “CrashPlan Discontinues Consumer Backups,” 22 August 2017).

I spent a year with CrashPlan, but I was never happy with the service. I found its Java-based client slow and unresponsive, backup speeds unimpressive, and worst of all, it appeared to hurt my entire system’s performance. After trying Backblaze for a week, I was a convert, and I’ve been a paying customer ever since.

I’m not the only one. I first heard of Backblaze from Marco Arment, who found it faster and more reliable than CrashPlan. Likewise, Glenn Fleishman often found himself turning to Backblaze, despite having already paid for CrashPlan, because Backblaze was that much better. And Joe Kissell, long a champion of CrashPlan, now unequivocally recommends Backblaze.

But maybe you didn’t use CrashPlan at all? Maybe you don’t use any online backup! Or just as bad, you only use online backup! You need to fix that! We recommend Mac users maintain three types of backups:

  • A constantly updated Time Machine backup. It’s built into macOS and is useful for retaining previous versions of every file you modify.

  • A nightly bootable duplicate of your primary drive, which you can make with Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper, among others. A bootable duplicate is essential if your system drive dies because you can use it to get right back to work.

  • A regularly updated offsite backup, which you can maintain manually or hand off to a cloud backup service like Backblaze. With an offsite backup, if a hurricane flattens or floods your house or if thieves steal your backup drive along with your Mac, you can still recover your data.

If you store unique data on external drives, don’t forget to back those up as well! Fortunately, Backblaze can back up external drives too. (That said, Backblaze cannot back up network drives, remotely mounted computers, or shared volumes.)

Why do I prefer Backblaze over the alternatives?

  • It provides speedy Mac client software with an elegant interface.

  • It gives you the option to maintain your private key so only you can see your data.

  • Restore by Mail! That’s right, Backblaze will send you your data on a backup drive via FedEx, which will be much faster than restoring everything via the Internet. You get your $99 (128 GB) or $189 (up to 4 TB) deposit back if you return the drive within 30 days.

Backblaze is everything online backup should be: simple, secure, and affordable. Try a 15-day free trial today and see if you agree. If you stick with Backblaze, it’s only $50 per year per computer for unlimited backup, including your external drives.


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Comments about Backblaze Now Sponsoring TidBITS
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Michel Hedley  2017-09-11 23:15
Thank you Backblaze for supporting TidBITS and I will switch to Backblaze.
David Morrison  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2017-09-12 06:59
I currently rely on Dropbox to manage off site backup, by putting all my important files inside the Dropbox folder. I also use the Selective Sync feature to have these files synchronised to various of my other computers. It has been very convenient. However, with Dropbox abandoning older operating systems, I am going to have to look for an alternative.

With Backblaze still supporting as far back as Snow Leopard, I am wondering if there is any way to get this sort of functionality from Backblaze?

Backblaze has another feature which would make it preferable to Dropbox - encrypted files.

Haha, I suppose I should do a free trial to see what it can do!
Phil Earnhardt  2017-09-15 20:55
Definitely do a fire drill of a restore. That's useful to see how it works.

Make sure to recommend to friends that are less technically aware.
Tad Crawford  2017-09-13 14:18
One of the features I have liked best with CrashPlan has been the ability to access from various iOS devices the files that I backed up from my desktop. Does Backblaze have anything comparable?
MuonDude  2017-09-22 18:44
I really like the Backblaze front-end and their pricing seems reasonable. However, what is really critical about a "Backup" capability is the "Restore" Capability. About 20 years ago at the Santa Monica Apple offices a guy from Retrospect told an audience of more than 100 folks that "... you don't care about backup"... everyone's jaw dropped! "... you care about restore!". Ah I get it. I want the restore capability from Backblaze or any other backup App to be as "slick" and reliable as the "backup" capability.

The Backblaze restore is very clunky and slow. Their "restore" interface is the only thing right now stopping me from using Backblaze - I'm evaluating several options. I'm intending this to be positive feedback. Make the restore as easy as the backup. Thank you.
John Danilson  2017-10-01 08:54
switching to backblaze today because they support tidbits.