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Is MobileMe iDisk syncing just Backblaze in disguise?

Discussion in 'iCloud and Apple Services' started by WiLLGT09, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    So, I was having some syncing hiccups with my iDisk and was chatting with a MobileMe support person. While waiting for my iDisk to re-sync everything, I got to talking about how the local iDisk is just a Finder directory designated as a device volume. (If you drag the iDisk to the Trash, it appears to want to Eject the disk. Could lead to data loss!).

    Anyways, in a curious state I decided to use TinkerTook to show hidden files and folders. I noticed a folder in my iDisk called ".bzvol". Inside of which is a README.txt file.
    Wait. Backblaze? The third-party online backup company? Interesting. Backblaze data centers? IS our MobileMe data not stored on Apple servers? I did some googling, but I couldn't find any indication that Apple is using Backblaze technology. Although, Backblaze's site does mention "OEM Partners", so maybe they helped develop part of the iDisk syncing technology. I dunno.

    However, another MobileMe chat person said this:

  2. macrumors 6502a

    No idea about Backblaze.

    However, you can safely eject the iDisk in Finder without data loss.
  3. macrumors 68000

    Backblaze creates those hidden folders/files to tell it what to sync.
  4. macrumors 6502

    That file isn't there on my idisk…
  5. macrumors 68000

    What I mean is, if your computer had previously had Backblaze installed, those files are littered all over your hard disk, including your iDisk folder. It has nothing to do with iDisk itself.

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