Backblaze is another online computer backup solution, with a really interesting bonus – finding your lost computer. It makes perfect sense. If your laptop gets lost or someone breaks into your home or office and steals your computer, Backblaze will report the location of the machine every hour when it’s online.
I use Backblaze on my laptop which goes to work and quite a few other places, and on my desktop at home. I also have an external drive I use for additional storage which started making noises. Those bad noises that let you know nothing good is coming. I ordered another external drive and figured I’d copy everything over to the new drive before the old one failed. You guessed it, the drive failed the day before the replacement arrived. I tried all the standard tricks: turning the drive on its side, putting the drive in the freezer for a few hours, all that stuff. Nada.
This is where Backblaze comes into the picture. Had I thought of it, I would have asked for the backed up contents of the drive to be returned to me on an external USB drive, saving me the trouble of ordering one in the first place. But I wasn’t that bright and, not needing yet another hard drive, I chose to download my backup as a ZIP file. A really big ZIP file — over 21GB. Thank goodness for unlimited Internet plans.
Sometime the next day, the download completed. I unzipped it to the new external hard drive and it I was back in business; easy as that. It’s a motto of the IT pros that if you haven’t tested your backups to confirm you can restore from them, then you don’t have a backup. Backblaze passed that test easily, and they’re well worth the price for the peace of mind. They offer several ways to subscribe:
- $5 per month for unlimited storage.
- $4.17 a month for 1 year ($50 total)
- $3.96 a month for 2 years ($95 total)
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[Update: Backblaze recently released a free iPhone app which allows you to view and open any file from your backups. Here are some screenshots]