Backblaze


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Pricing: $5/month unlimited (or $50/year which is $4.17/month)

UPDATE:  Just a quick update that we continue to use and love backblaze. We could go into a long explanation of why we love it and why we think you should try it, but simply put; it just works and works well!  And now, for just $95 for a 2 year plan ($3.96/month) you get unlimited backup.  

Here’s a new, quick install link to help get you started:  Download Backblaze

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backblaze logo medium1 BackblazeIn the wake of Mozy stopping it’s unlimited option, BackBlaze seems the most likely to satisfy former Mozy users.   Backblaze backs up everything on your computer except your operating system, applications, temporary files, or those over 9GB [UPDATE: BackBlaze now allows for unlimited file sizes, no more 9GB cap].  Use a USB or Firewire-connected drive for additional storage or backups? Backblaze will backup those too.  By default, Backblaze begins to backup your PC in idle times, grabbing everything on your disk except the contents of your system and program directories, and your temp files. There’s no storage or bandwidth limit, and it will store files up to 4GB in size. Backblaze costs $5 a month which is quite reasonable.

[UPDATE:  In addition to currently using Mozy as a personal backup solution, we enjoyed testing BackBlaze so much that we are now using it as well.  We are grandfathered at Mozy with an unlimited data plan, but once that runs out we will probably switch to BackBlaze exclusively.  In addition, so far we have not had any issues with Mozy & BackBlaze conflicting with each other.  We had a lot of data to backup and it took a few days, but the speed was never throttled which we really like to see.]

In our Backblaze review we found that the software installs a control panel (Mac or Windows) and a little menu bar or system tray icon which lets you quickly see status or bring up the preferences.  The control panel itself is very simple, with a big fat “backup now” button and a simple status report.

Backblaze also offers one of the best privacy and security policies of any online storage company.   We highly recommend Backblaze for anyone who wants simple, secure, automated online backup.

Positives: Unlimited backup, inexpensive, can backup external drives

Negatives: Lack of mobile apps

Our take:  YES, YES, YES!!!  We use and love BackBlaze.  With the new ability to backup files of any size we can now backup everything we need to for one, low price.

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Backup all data
We designed Backblaze to be really easy to use. There is no need to select the folders and filetypes you want to backup. That means all your data will be backed up without having to do anything.
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Unlimited Storage
Backblaze is unlimited so you never have to worry about going over some limit and paying extra. Unlimited storage. Unlimited bandwidth. Unlimited file size. And we’re committed to unlimited online backup for the long-term.

 

World’s Most Efficient Cloud Storage
We are able to offer all of this unlimited storage for just $3.96 month by designing the world’s most efficient cloud storage system. No databases, no load balancers, no overpriced hardware.
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Backup Everything

Backblaze backs up everything on your computer except your operating system, applications, and temporary files. Learn what is backed up 

Backup Online

Whether directly connected or over WiFi, If you are connected to the Internet, you are backing up.

Backup Continuously

Files change and Backblaze backs them up. By default, Backblaze simply backs up all the time so you don’t have to remember. But if you wish, you can schedule Backblaze to backup at a convenient time or only when you click “Backup Now”.

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Backup Securely

Your data is encrypted on your computer, sent over an encrypted connection, and stored encrypted. Want more security? You can use your own private key so nobody but you can ever have access to your backups. Want the nitty gritty? Read our blog post about backup encryption.

Backup External Drives

Use a USB or Firewire-connected drive for additional storage or backups? Backblaze will backup those too. Learn how we backup external drives. 

Backup Multiple Computers

Mom has a laptop, dad has a desktop, and kids share another computer? Backblaze can backup each of these to one account for just $5 per computer per month.

Backup Windows and Mac

logo windows mac BackblazeBackblaze backs up Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit, and Intel-based Mac OSX 10.5 and newer.

Backup Fast

Backblaze has developed a unique ‘single-read’ engine that ensures no slowdown of your computer. Backblaze provides an automatic throttle that most efficiently uses your Internet connection. Typical home connections can backup online 2 – 4 GB per day. Backblaze provides a throttle option if you want to use more or less of your Internet connection. Check your Internet connection: Backblaze Backup Speedtest. 

Backup Efficiently

Backblaze de-duplicates, compresses, and backs up incrementally to backup online as efficiently as possible. Have the same photo stored twice? Backblaze will de-duplicate to back it up just once; if you restore, it will be put back in both places. Have some large files? Backblaze will compress them when possible. Change a file multiple times? Backblaze will only back up the changes.

RESTORE OPTIONS:

What You Want
Pick what data you want to restore – a single file, a folder, a set of random files, or all your files.
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When You Want
Still in a trial and haven’t finished your first online backup? No problem – you can test a restore at any time.
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Where You Want
Access your files from any web browser anywhere. Backed up a PC? Restore to a Mac. And vice-versa.
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Restore Previous Versions
Backblaze keeps up to four weeks of file versions. Modified a file and need an old version? Just scroll back and pick a file from two weeks ago.
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How You Want
Download any files you need over the Internet for free. Or order your files on a DVD ($99) or USB drive ($189).

How Does Backing Up to Backblaze Compare?

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Features
Unlimited Backup
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Offsite Backup
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Automatically Finds Files
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Files Encrypted
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Back Up When PC Not Used
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Back Up on Convenient Schedule
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Back Up When Traveling
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Recover Remotely
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Data Protected From
PC failure
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Virus
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Theft
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Fire
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Water Damage
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Earthquake, Natural Disaster
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User Error
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Forgotten Backups
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Between Backups
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Cost
Cost and Effort
$5 per month unlimited$5 per back up plus manual effort$100+ for drive plus manual effort
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