Trust me, it only takes one instance of your computer crashing or getting stolen to wish you’d had a backup plan in place.
I’ve been there. I've felt that sinking feeling of trying to turn on your computer never to hear that joyous startup chord. My husband and I have a small collection of laptops that have been dropped, stepped on, or had their battery explode.
My sister is also a graphic designer and a few years ago her laptop was stolen. It was awful! Not only did she have to buy a new computer, but she also lost many of her newer files that hadn’t been backed up to an external drive yet.
This unfortunate event prompted me to do some research and put a backup plan into place.
There are a ton of backup services out there. The perfectionist in me went back and forth between Backblaze and CrashPlan. Both services cost about the same amount per year (Backblaze: $50 vs. CrashPlan $59).
It's been awesome.
The 4 Reasons I love and use Backblaze:
1. It’s simple.
I installed Backblaze in October of 2013 and haven’t thought about it since, except when the yearly renewal invoice comes to my inbox. The app’s dashboard is easy to understand.
2. It’s invisible.
I haven’t noticed a speed difference after installing, even with it running continuously. There’s a handy Performance panel in the Settings where you can adjust the backup speed. You can also pause a backup quickly from the menu bar.
Note: During the initial backup there was some lag time, but I solved that by leaving my computer on overnight and only having it back up while I was sleeping. It took about a week for that initial backup (of 300+ gigs) to be completed.
3. It’s unlimited.
I don't need to worry about having to pay for extra storage since there's no limit. There’s also a cool little feature that shows you at-a-glance where your current resources are being used. (Yikes, I have a lot of movies!)
4. It’s online.
I can login to my Backblaze account from anywhere in the world, on any device and access my files. The online view allows you to open your files just like you would in Finder and have them sent to you by email or a snail-mailed drive.
Backblaze even keeps a rolling backup of your hard drive for up to 4 weeks. That means if I accidentally delete or save over a file (and notice within a month) I can pop back into the view/restore section online and download it!
I guess what I’m trying to say here is, if it works for me (someone who really cares about backups) it will work for you too! Backblaze offers a 15 day free trial on their website, but if you use my affiliate link you’ll get a 30 day free trial and I get a month free!
As web designers and business owners, we have to be responsible with our data. That means protecting our clients information, and also keeping a backup of our working files.
Do you have a backup plan? Are you using a cloud based backup service? Did you find this Backblaze Review helpful? Let me know in the comments below!