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Old Feb 18, 2013, 03:37 AM   #1
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CrashPlan + (Cloud based Back up)

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I'm backing up my Photos and home movies (iPhoto Library) to the Crash Plan service.

I thought i'd go into the iPhone App to see whats backed up so far but I can't seem to find any pictures just "files" if that makes sense (same when logging on to the web service). I assumed i'd be able to navigate to "events" and see the backed up pictures etc.

Anybody use CrashPlan here? Would be great to here some advice.

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Hi,

I've got a Family account with CrashPlan. I'd say it's very good, but with a few caveats:
  1. If your initial set of data to back up is huge (hundreds of GB), you need to be prepared to wait. Upload speeds are highly variable. My line has a 20Mbit upload speed - I've seen between 10Mbit and 0.5Mbit upload speeds from CrashPlan.
  2. Once the initial upload was finished, incremental uploads have been reasonably good.

The ability to define the encryption key yourself, without it ever travelling to CrashPlan's servers is great for the security-conscious, and the price is good.

Their web interface for browsing and downloading your backed-up files is decent enough and the ability to store multiple versions of the same file can come in handy. The iPhone app to browse your backup archives also works reasonably well.

If fast upload speeds are critical you might want to look elsewhere - otherwise, it's pretty good.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 11:17 AM   #3
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Hi,

I've got a Family account with CrashPlan. I'd say it's very good, but with a few caveats:
  1. If your initial set of data to back up is huge (hundreds of GB), you need to be prepared to wait. Upload speeds are highly variable. My line has a 20Mbit upload speed - I've seen between 10Mbit and 0.5Mbit upload speeds from CrashPlan.
  2. Once the initial upload was finished, incremental uploads have been reasonably good.

The ability to define the encryption key yourself, without it ever travelling to CrashPlan's servers is great for the security-conscious, and the price is good.

Their web interface for browsing and downloading your backed-up files is decent enough and the ability to store multiple versions of the same file can come in handy. The iPhone app to browse your backup archives also works reasonably well.

If fast upload speeds are critical you might want to look elsewhere - otherwise, it's pretty good.
So how does it manage your iPhoto library? Thats one thing I don't get. I've uploaded all of it but when its there I can't see a way of plucking individual photos out of it??
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So how does it manage your iPhoto library? Thats one thing I don't get. I've uploaded all of it but when its there I can't see a way of plucking individual photos out of it??
That's a fundamental flaw with iPhoto. The database appears as one big file. The reality is that it's just another package but when you archive things like this, you don't have access to the individual files (normally).
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