Crash and idiot-proof back up ---- CrashPlan vs BackBlaze?

Reblogger Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.


I debated Carbonite and elected a separate "shadow" drive for my office PC and I have a pocket hard drive that I use for transport and backing up files for my home laptop.  I also use thumb/jump drives for external storage of photos and for transport of files.  I use Dropbox for smaller files and have important PDF files in Google documents....


Original content by Pacita Dimacali BRE 01367196

After my laptop died, and while waiting for it to be repaired (or replaced, maybe), I was glad I had backed up my documents on to an external hard drive, my Passport external drive that I bought from This one has 500 gb, even more capacity than my old laptop.

I am no longer inclined to keep documents on my laptop....but there's no guarantee my documents will be entirely safe in the external drive either. And there's got to be an easier way to restore/reintall software programs!


This online review says

So who wins? It's CrashPlan on all accounts. The ability to seed the backup, combined with amazing tech support and family-friendly pricing makes it an irresistible choice for most users. However, Backblaze is a very strong second and beats Carbonite or Mozy hands down.

My techie nephew recommended CrashPlan which promotes itself as 

Only CrashPlan backs up your files to local drives, other computers and online so you can get your life back should disaster strike.

How is CrashPlan different from other online backup services?

Unlike ordinary online backup, CrashPlan lets you back up to other destinations in addition to online. You can back up to your other computers, external hard drives and to computers that belong to friends and family for free.

Back it up... Fast.

If you have many gigabytes to back up over the Internet, your initial backup can take longer than you'd like. With our Seeded Backup service you can have your backup completed in a few days. We'll ship you a hard drive with instructions for backing up locally. Return shipping is included.

Still trying to understand how it works. Since iCloud isn't here yet, it's certainly worth checking out the FREE version of CrashPlan.



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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Hi, Wallace

Thanks for the reblog. Decided to try CrashPlan -- free for 30 days. Maybe by the time the trial ends, icloud will be up and running.

I don't want to have too many more hardware -- all I need are my iphone, ipad, external drive, MiFi, and hope to access documents in the cloud without carrying my external drive, too.

Have a good weekend!

Jul 09, 2011 10:39 AM #1
Karen Winters, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group - Chicago, IL - Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL

How timely.  Just got my "restored" laptop back after it crashed and it has less stuff on it then when I purchased it.  It is just a stripped down paperweight.  Fortunately I had copies of most important docs and pics on flash drives or had emailed them to myself or others so I could retrieve them out of my sent mail files.  Thanks for the info on these plans. 

Jul 09, 2011 01:56 PM #2
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Wallace - I just went through a crash like Karen.  Great comment about paperweight.  All my docs were saved but the programs weren't.  I had to find drivers, go on line, etc to get back up to speed.

Jul 10, 2011 12:53 AM #3
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