The Sweet Setup:
Backing up your files to an off-site cloud server is an easy, affordable, and safe way to make sure that your most important files are safe. We’ve tested, used, and researched the most popular services and recommend Backblaze for most people. It’s the easiest to set up and use, and it’s also the most affordable.
Backblaze is our recommended cloud backup service for most people. However, it wasn’t an easy pick.
Backblaze and CrashPlan are both best-of-breed cloud backup services. They both offer more or less the same service for nearly the same price.
What we like best about Backblaze compared to CrashPlan is:
- How easy and straightforward it is to get Backblaze set up.
- Backblaze is just a little bit cheaper.
- The Backblaze app is easier to understand.
- Backblaze is, generally, less resource-intensive when running.
CrashPlan is slightly more expensive (by just a dollar or so per month) and also slightly more fiddly to get set up. However, CrashPlan offers several features that Backblaze does not. For one, CrashPlan lets you back up your Network Attached Storage drives. They also don’t remove any data that you’ve backed up. If you have a lot of data stored on USB or network drives, you may want to consider CrashPlan instead.
Backblaze, on the other hand, only keeps a 30-day window of your files. This means that if you delete a document from your computer, Backblaze will mirror that change and in 30 days the file will also be removed from your cloud backup.
In short, we recommend Backblaze because we think everyone with a computer should have an off-site backup and Backblaze is not only the easiest to set up and use, it’s also the least expensive.
The Sweet Setup then proceeds to do a feature-by-feature comparison of Backblaze and CrashPlan, with multiple screen shots and detailed how-to-do-it info. Read it all here.