Online backup solution?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by dgmul, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. dgmul macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2010
    Was wondering if you all had any suggestions for online services that I could use to back up important data?

    I tried CrashPlan, which really bugged me, because I could only set it for an automatic backup schedule. I just want to be able to manually upload files to an online cloud, essentially like having a virtual external HD. Any suggestions?
  2. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    Also SugarSync, it's more robust than Dropbox, but at the cost of ease of use. Although you do get more initial storage.
  3. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    Google drive is my favourite, but no one else seems to agree with me :(
  4. MrMister111 macrumors 68020

    Jan 28, 2009
    I've just subscribed to Crashplan, you can chose what folder you want to upload and keep updated.

    It defaults to your Home folder on a Mac, but you can chose any folder, so just make a folder on your HDD and use that?
  5. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
  6. SilverOnemi, Sep 12, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2012

    SilverOnemi macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2008
    Crashplan, here's why:

    *unlimited space

    *web restore, iphone restore, built in app restore.

    * seeding (you send a drive with your files) and restore to your door ( they send a drive with the files)

    * data de duplication and compression

    * Live monitoring ( doesn't scan the entire drive for changes )

    * they allow you change file versioning to your needs ( even every min)

    * Backup sets -> different settings for different folders, say you need more versioning for your docs than your pics.

    * Backups to external drives & friends house (free)

    * low cpu usage ( although it is a java app) , it runs constantly but is easier on the battery than running entire scans every hour.

    * allows you to set cpu usage

    * they never delete files by default , backblaze does if you don't connect your externals every 30 days.

    * 448 blowfish encryption with user set key

    a bit slower than other alternatives, like backblaze for example, however i didn't feel like their app was customizable enough and really didn't like the 30 day file deletion. Also hourly entire drive scans consume battery.

    they have a free 30 day trial and a really impressive client list (nasa? google? adobe? evernote etc)

    There you go :p

    for the price it's hard to beat.
  7. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    I'm reviewing solutions as well. But I need to start with 500GB of storage and that will grow fast since I'll be backing up RAW photos.

    I'm checking into Crashplan and Backblaze is another I'm looking into. The limitation I'm running into is they don't like to backup NAS devices. I typically backup from my PC to my NAS and just wanted to backup the NAS....but that seems like it's not gonna work.

    I'd love to hear from anyone who has experience with BackBlaze.
  8. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    I run Crashplan on my unRAID server and it works fine. There is some setup that has to be done and some "hoops" to jump through but once it is set up you almost never have to do it again.

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