Today, I was looking to revamp some work backup procedures and managed to come across BackBlaze.com which was offering an unlimited online backup service for something around $5/mo for a single PC. I decided to give it a whirl by using the free trial. I have seen BackBlaze in the past and it made me curious causing me to dig deeper into how their server infrastructure works. I decided at the time that, “Pffft! I’ll just use my own stuff at home for a backup server!” That was at least until three recent events occurred:
- Misty’s car being broken into and someone stealing electronics, taking them 3 doors up the street only to smash them on the sidewalk.
- A recent PC physically crashing into the coffee table, at which point I thought I lost every video from our recent pre-honeymoon trip to Maui, because of fluke in a backup strategy that involved Windows Live Mesh.
- A computer at home recently turned on by itself, while both Misty and I were at work, causing me to think someone was in the house stealing shit again.
Now, I could have went to my dads house and installed a 2TB hard drive and some software to sync my PC to his PC and vice versa, however, that would incur:
- $100 for hard drive
- both computers be turned on, all the time
- frustration of verifying backups
- worrying about my dads computer being stolen, and my data compromised.
With using BackBlaze’s service, I will be spending something like $5 per month, to guarantee I will not lose data if my pc hard drive crashes, my pc is stolen, or my house burns down. I also do not have to worry about setting up and monitoring anything, aside client side software on my PC. This is definitely worth it to me, because when I am home, I do not want to worry about it, as I deal with that shit enough at work. I don’t have to worry about my external hard drive crashing or being stolen (or where I put it for that matter), or wondering if my encrypted data is being backed up.
Even If you are not considering a disaster recovery solution for home use, ask yourself “how much would you pay to have 10 years of all your digital photographs recovered after the lose of a hard drive?” When presenting that question to myself, I was going to consider a couple hundred dollars for hard drive recovery service, just to see my future wife’s smiling face and her boobs bouncing around in the clear waters of Pacific. For a measly $5 a month, I no longer have to worry about that. Just download BackBlaze’s free trial, install it, sign up for the free trial to give it a whirl, test a restore, buy it, and go on with life knowing your digital life is backed up. If you are worried about security, go ahead and set your own Private Encryption Key using a passphrase in the Settings –> Security Tab. By default, BackBlaze selects all drives in your computer, and only excludes a select few folder locations, which are basically system and program files, and your recycle bin:
It does however automatically back up all photos, videos, music, documents, from all non-system/program folders. You can find a report of how much it finds in the Settings –> Reports tab:
I personally increased the throttle all the way up at least for the day, so I could get backed up faster since I have a lot of stuff, which is on the main Settings tab.
As of now, BackBlaze gets a solid two thumbs up from me!