Backup basics: The quick, something-is-better-than-nothing backup system
Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:30 AM
I had a weekend off and wanted to make my MBP more responsive: defragmentation! Sadly, TechTool first hanged, than refused to continue, finally made my disk unreadable.
Long story short, I was able to fully recover my data using a TimeMachine backup and, while doing so, I was feeling comfortable because I knew that even if something went wrong I had my most important data backed up via CrashPlan.
I firmly encourage everyone to make backups: the money you spend by doing so will be fully paid back the first time something bad happens!
Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:06 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:22 AM
There is no such inability. Crashplan offers a seed service for an initial hard backup. (I'm assuming this same option is available in Canada.)
Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:19 AM
Unfortunately, it's not. On the page you referenced above, it says the service is available for "50 US States, all overseas US Armed Forces POs and Australia" only. Why they support Australia but not Canada, I can't guess, but I do hope they add support for more countries soon.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:53 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:40 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:11 PM
@robtain Regarding CrashPlan, I can confirm that there is backup seeding for Australia and New Zealand but not Canada. Having said that, get in touch with them as I am sure they will at least try to figure out a workaround for you.
I am not yet a customer of theirs yet had a fantastic service when I sent them a few queries via CraskPlanSupport. Outstanding service, detailed information, and good responses to my quite technical questions. You want the guys who are looking after your data to be on the ball regarding the technical aspects. Send them a message @robtain, you've got nothing to lose.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:02 AM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:14 AM
I had a file issue on my hard drive that wouldn't go away despite several restores, turned out the TM backup was affected too. My practice of keeping all my working documents in Dropbox folder saved the day there.