Backblaze ( https://www.backblaze.com/ ) is an awesome company who not only create a mega reliable backup infrastructure but they also tell us how they do it and tell us what hard drives are good or bad.
They are so confident and experienced that they offer unlimited backups for $6.60 a month here in Australia. They state they have 750 Petabytes stored on their infrastructure & have restored over 40 billion files to customers.
Main features of Backblaze.
- No limit to files that you back up (number or size or files)
- Web-based file recovery (if needed)
- They will mail you a hard drive if you need to restore large amounts of files.
- Ability to locate lost or stolen computers.
- Mobile app access your backups.
- Business options for large computer fleets.
Creating a Back Blaze Account
Go to https://www.backblaze.com/ and create an account.
Login to back blaze at https://secure.backblaze.com/user_signin.htm
Choose a Backblaze Plan
Go to: https://secure.backblaze.com/buy_plan.htm to choose a backup and payment plan.
- $6 AUD a month
- or $60 for 12 Months
- or $110 for 24 Months
Choose a payment plan
Enter payment details
Click “Buy Backblaze”
Done, now I can download the client.
Installing the Backblaze Software
When the download is down you can start the install.
You will need to login to the install to streamline the setup.
After you login the installation will begin.
Backblaze now reports that the install has complete. Backblaze reports that I have 379GB to backup.
Pressing OK shows Backblaze is already uploading my files.
Also, I have 15 days free trial before being billed.
Clicking on the backblaze system tray icon reveals a few options
Backblaze preferences can be opened by clicking Settings from the main screen.
- Renamed the computer.
- Disabled backup on battery power
- Disabled Automatic throttling and set faster backups
- I set a private encryption key
There is a 50 char limit on encryption keys
Warning about not forgetting the encryption key
All other preferences look ok.
That’s it the backup is uploading automatically and there is nothing else I need to do.
If you login to the backblaze portal ( here ) you can view your files (you will need to enter the private encryption keys if you opted to encrypt your files).
If you restore files you have a few options
- Download the files (free)
- Save files to B2 Cloud (Backblaze)
- USB Flash Drive
- USB Hard Drive
Choosing to download files you are given a treeview to restore files from.
I selected a test file to restore (restores are not instant) and was informed I would be emailed when the files are ready to download. Thats cool
I waited 3 minutes and received an email that my files were ready to download.
I hope this helps someone.
Check out my guide on How to back up an iPhone photos and videos blog post here.
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