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Jedi Knight
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I've recently adopted a "paperless office" approach to dealing with documents. All of my utility bills, mortgage statements, insurance documents, etc. get saved as PDF files on my hard drive.

I currently have two local backups:
• Daily SuperDuper clone to an external USB hard drive
• Time Machine backups to my Time Capsule

I'd like to add an offsite backup. That could be an online backup service like Mozy, Carbonite, etc., or some solution that involves storing files offsite.

I prefer an online backup, because that's automatic. And experience has shown that any backup solution that requires manual intervention is less likely to actually be used on a regular basis.

I like Backblaze because it's cheap and easy, but if you delete a file from your hard drive, it also get deleted from your Backblaze backup after 30 days.

What happens if I don't discover that a file is missing until a few months have passed?

Consider my 2011 tax return, which is saved as a PDF file. I probably won't need to access that file until I start preparing my 2012 return. If I accidentally delete that file tomorrow, then it will disappear from my BackBlaze backup in 30 days, and by the time I discover it's missing, it will be too late to recover it.

So, Backblaze isn't the solution for me, but I'm not sure what is the best option. I don't need versioning backup, just a backup that keeps the latest version of all my files.

For this purpose, price is more important that a pretty interface.

Any suggestions?


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Posts: 167 | Location: Southeast Michigan | Registered: April 10, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I still prefer Crash Plan. My review is here.


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Posts: 6152 | Location: Atlanta, GA | Registered: June 10, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Jedi Knight
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Originally posted by Terry White:
I still prefer Crash Plan. My review is here.

Terry:

Crashplan isn't available as a native Mac app — only as a Java app. When I upgraded to Lion, I decided at that point to not install Java, and the subsequent Flashback attack only reinforced by anti-Java bias. (But I am willing to install it if I can't find an online backup service I prefer over Crashplan.)

Comments seem to be turned off on your Crashplan review page, so I'd like to ask a question here about something you wrote there:
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I did limit the bandwidth that it uses AND I set it to only run at night while I was sleeping…


Why did you do both of those things? If it's only running when you're asleep, why limit the bandwidth?


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Posts: 167 | Location: Southeast Michigan | Registered: April 10, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Not advocating a certain plan, but a cousin who has a financial advice firm in a western state told me they decided on Mozy.com. Her husband vetted the service quite thoroughly, as their client records would be involved.
HOWEVER, I'm certain they are pc folks, not Mac.


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Posts: 2074 | Location: West Bloomfield MI USA | Registered: June 13, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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