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CrashPlan recently announced that it would exit the consumer backup business. As a result, the company will discontinue their CrashPlan for Home product and is advising customers to switch to their business plan or Carbonite. In the search for a viable alternative, I stumbled across Backblaze. In this article, I will compare Backblaze vs. CrashPlan and share with you why I chose Backblaze for my backup needs.
Backup your data or lose it
Like many others before me, I learned the hard way why backing up data is important. I have lost data a few times but, fortunately, never anything critical. But the loss was enough to teach me the importance of a reliable offsite backup service. About ten years ago, I signed up for Carbonite at the recommendation of a good friend. It worked well for backing up data on my computer’s internal drives. Unfortunately, it didn’t support backing up data stored on external drives. As a result, I switched to CrashPlan, which supported external as well as network drives. I have been using CrashPlan ever since, and my backup archive has grown to almost 7 Terabytes (TB).
CrashPlan exits consumer market
On August 22, 2017, I received an email from CrashPlan informing me that the company has decided to exit the consumer market over the next 14 months. CrashPlan offered two migration options:
- Migrate to CrashPlan for Small Business in a matter of minutes
- Start from scratch with Carbonite
I have not had any serious issues with CrashPlan and was satisfied with their service. As a result, I was consider