Backblaze has published a description of what it’s like to be a hard drive in the company’s data center, writing it from the perspective of a hard drive called Zach. Wonderfully silly, for sure, but it’s an engaging approach complete with interesting technical bits.
Perturbed that the online backup service Backblaze retains old versions of files and deleted files for only 30 days? You can now pay extra to maintain such files in your online backup for either 1 year or forever.
It’s unusual for customers to get insight into why companies raise prices and how those price hikes work out, but online backup service Backblaze is being highly transparent about the reasoning behind and results of its February price increase.
Adds support for macOS 10.15 Catalina but discontinues support for Transmit Disk. ($45 new, free update, 63.3 MB)
Maintenance release for the file transfer app adds support for the official Backblaze file copy API. ($45 new, free update, 69.4 MB)
Open-source file transfer app adds a new multi-segmented download feature and simplifies sharing files from file sharing services. (Free, 93.6 MB)
Code42 has announced that it will be preventing CrashPlan users from backing up applications and VM image files—is this just a selfish move to reduce storage needs? After chatting with Code42 competitor Backblaze, Adam Engst discovers there’s more to it. And there are alternatives.
Online backup service Backblaze will soon increase the price of its unlimited plan from $5 to $6 per month. Annual and bi-annual discounts will remain available, and current subscribers can extend subscriptions by a year at the old rates.
Backblaze has rolled out a major 6.0 update that improves performance, increases restore drive sizes, and offers options for permanent backup storage, among other things.
Online backup service Backblaze has released its latest hard drive reliability statistics, showing excellent reliability for new high-capacity drives. If you’re looking for a new drive, you’d do well to buy the drives that have worked well for Backblaze.
If you’ve had your head in the sand about the impending discontinuation of CrashPlan for Home, today is the day your backups will stop working and all your CrashPlan Central data will be deleted.
The Backblaze Mac client can’t back up all your data in macOS 10.14 Mojave unless you give it full disk access, and its companion menu bar utility also needs automation permissions. Follow Backblaze’s instructions to restore full functionality.
Do you subscribe to Backblaze—or perhaps you’re looking into the online backup service? While backup is easy and automatic, restoring takes more work. Josh Centers explains the process of restoring files over the Internet and reveals a little-known way to restore a single file at a time.
Until now, Internet backups required subscribing to a cloud-based backup service and using proprietary software to handle archiving and retrieval. Now, there’s a DIY alternative: Arq backup software and Backblaze’s B2 cloud storage system.