CrashPlan+: Reliable cloud backup and online storage
Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:07 AM
Must be pretty damn fast. That said, I’ve used CrashPlan + and recently decided to upload my images and Lightroom catalog, about 400 gigs. Took about 8 days non stop using a Comcast Cable. I just hooked the drive to a Macbook Pro figuring it would use the least energy resources over the week. No issues. In the end, saving the money on their optional drive service and the number of days that would take, I’m pleased that this all worked even if it took 8 days to do so.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:37 AM
its also worth noting that you can download the CrashPlan+ software for free and backup to a local hard drive, or if you have a friend who has a lot of disk and is also running CrashPlan, backup to them.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:35 AM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:53 AM
For $125, you can send a drive full of data to Crashplan and "seed" your initial backup to save time. They will return your drive to you and spare you from having to upload hundreds of GB.
Regarding encryption, you can also specify your own private encryption key. I did this, and it encrypts the data locally before transmission. Crashplan cannot decrypt the files for you in this case, but it is
Crashplan also allows you to backup to other computers you own and computers of "friends" across the Internet; this feature is free, no subscription required. I have other computers in my household backing up to one centralized system. I also host off-site backups for a few family members with some of my extra storage space.
The software itself is very full-featured, and is very flexible for custom configurations. Many configuration options are locked down in free mode, but they are all available to subscribers. My favorite option is to create multiple backup sets. You can set different destinations for different sets, and customize backup frequency and prioritization between sets.
Overall, I've evaluated multiple online backup solutions, and Crashplan is an easy winner. Although I wish they'd offer a small amount of cloud storage for free ala Mozy, Crashplan's other free options are very attractive. My only complaint is that the Crashplan software is Java-based for multi-platform support, and tends to be a little slow when scrolling and loading menus. The Java-based engine is also pretty memory intensive; it's using 385 MB RAM on my Mac. This isn't a big deal with my 8GB of RAM, but users with older Macs should be aware of this.
Verdict: BUY. $50 a year is pretty cheap insurance. Everyone should have backups, especially off-site ones.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:22 AM
Can Crashplan do anything to preserve all of that data and organization, such settings, passwords, etc.? For me, that is where a full local backup (TM or SuperDuper!, for example) really shines.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 03:14 PM
Not sure why you feel there is a limit. I use Crashplan + for a long time and it backs up very large videos greater than 2 GB's without issue, also backs up my TV shows and that folder is greater than 12 GB. I shave yet to find any file that Crashplan cannot handle.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:06 PM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:21 PM
I don't know what you were asking for, but CrashPlan certainly does provide technical support. http://support.crashplan.com/
Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:16 PM
We switched from Backblaze (much easier to use) to Crashplan+ (much more powerful). Most important is the ability to backup many drives to both the cloud (CrashPlan servers) and local hard drives (a drive attached to a co-workers machine or a NAS for instance). Much more control over the backup with Crashplan+ although definitely a bit harder to setup. Finally, if you have multiple computers on Backblaze they are $5 each / month whereas for $12 / month I have a lot of different computers at home and work all backed up to the cloud and locally. Hope that helps.