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Many, many months ago, I wrote about how important it is for freelancers to keep our data safe… and that after much research, I decided to use Jungle Disk for automatic file backups and archiving.
Fast forward to today. I have since added another main computer and my Jungle Disk storage costs have gone sky high. Recently, I started looking around for another, more affordable alternative and this time I discovered Backblaze*.
Backblaze is a set-it-and-forget-it type of computer backup service for only $5 per computer per month (it costs less if you pay for a whole year upfront). There are many similar services out there, but what convinced me to go with Backblaze is it’s ability to also back up files in an external hard drive.
This eliminates my need for cloud archiving, because I can save files in an external drive instead of a cloud archive, and be assured that they’re being backed up as well.
If you want to check out Backblaze, you can do so here.
What I Like
Other things I like about Backblaze:
- They automatically exclude unnecessary files from the backup.
Of course, you can change the settings. For example, I excluded my Dropbox folder from the backup because the files here are already being backed up by Dropbox.
- Customer support is reliable.
I did something really stupid when I purchased Backblaze and ended up with 14 licenses (don’t ask me how it happened, long story). Anyway, I was shocked that my monthly bill would be $70 instead of $10 for 2 computers. I submitted a ticket and waited anxiously. I got a reply within 24 hours and a refund within 48.
- Restoring is easy peasy.
Request your data either as a zip file (free), or in a USB Flash Drive ($99) or USB Hard Drive ($189). You can even restore files into any computer.
- Backblaze will help you locate your computer is ever stolen or lost.
Backblaze service comes with a “Locate My Computer” feature, which will tell you the IP address the computer is using. This will help police track it down.
What Do You Use?
What computer backup service do you use? How was your experience been so far? Share your thoughts below.