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Backblaze; Backup… Before You Wish You Had

Backing up your photos… is it important? Only if your pictures matter. In this episode we talk to Backblaze, the cloud backup service that keeps your most precious data safe and sound so easily… you’ll forget it’s there. Until you need it, that is.

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Backing up your photos… is it important? Only if your pictures matter. In this episode we talk to Backblaze, the cloud backup service that keeps your most precious data safe and sound so easily… you’ll forget it’s there. Until you need it, that is.

In this show we discuss the technicalities behind the backup (there is no cloud; it’s just somebody else’s computer!), how safe your data really is, speed of backups and overall strategies. We also learn about Backblaze’s B2 Cloud Storage, which is a great alternative to Amazon S3 and can even be used like an infinite external hard drive.

If you don’t have a cloud backup, you need one. It doesn’t matter if you have a slow connection or “too much” data. Start today and if it takes a month or a year or more to get the first backup done, at least it’s happening. Sign up today at http://PhotoApps.Expert/backblaze.

Find out more about Backblaze at:

website: http://photoapps.expert/backblaze
twitter: @backblaze
other: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/vault-cloud-storage-architecture

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PhotoApps Podcast 02-09 – Backblaze; Backup… before you wish you had

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I’ve been a Crashplan user, and I am extremely disappointed that Crashplan is getting out of the home market.   I most likely will be moving to Backblaze, but I am disappointed they do not have a family plan like Crashplan had.  However, this is only money.

My bigger concern is that they only keep your data for 30 days once it has been deleted from your computer.   In my experience, it could take much longer than 30 days to discover inadvertent deletion.   By contrast, Crashplan kept the latest versions of the file forever.    I have local Time Machine backup that can go back in time and find the deletion, but having an infinite backup on the cloud was reassuring, and it appears that will be lost.

A comment on the video:   You asked if you could prioritize the backup so that your most important work can get backed up first, and that question went unanswered.   Assuming that Backblaze allows you to specify drives and folders to backup, you should be able to do this manually.   For example, when I last did a cloud backup (using Crashplan)… I only selected my documents folder initially, and it backed up in a couple of hours.   Then I turned on my photos… and it backed up in about a week.   Then I turned on my home generated videos… etc… each time enabling just the new class of data I wanted to backup in decreasing order of priority.   Eventually, I just had my entire data being backed up.    I suspect, but have not verified that this can be accomplished with Backblaze.

/Jim

/Jim Pappas

In reviewing Backblaze, PC Mag said:

  • No File Explorer or Finder integration. 

What does that mean for a mac user seeking backup service.

Thanks to Photo Joseph for the Backblaze conversation which is timely with CrashPlan’s announcement that I is exiting non business services.

I'm not sure what they mean by that. OK yes there's no Finder integration but it's not anything I've ever missed. When it comes to a “file explorer” though; yes of course there is one, on their website. Here's a screenshot of mine:

As you can see, you can dig into every single folder and grab individual files, or entire folders. Just click the boxes you need and go!

-Joseph @PhotoApps.Expert
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