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Never worry about losing any of your files

Anton Sepetov
Anton Sepetov

November 25, 2013

Backblaze will automatically backup all your files so all your photos, videos, and documents are always safe

A couple of months ago, my whole family went out and had an amazing dinner to celebrate my brother's birthday. It was one of those nights where everything seemed right in the world.

At the end of the night, we had someone snap a couple photos of all of us together.

Last month, I asked my brother to send me the photos. He crossed his fingers he could find them as his computer had been having serious issues. After a bit he realized ... he had lost the files.

My heart sank. Those amazing photos celebrating a beautiful moment were long gone :-(

Have you ever been scared you might lose all your precious files? All those important photos and videos, music, documents, and work files ... just gone forever.

Then it actually happens and you wish you had all your files stored somewhere safe.

Thankfully, my brother remembered that he had all of his data backed up with Backblaze.

He looked up his saved files on Backblaze and boom, the photos were there. He emailed me immediately after:

My brother's email to me

The Sepetov Clan!

Backblaze makes sure you never worry about losing any files, ever again. It backs up all of your data (yes, we're talking unlimited) automatically for you. No worrying about plugging in your hard-drive and syncing your data. No moving files to a specific Dropbox folder while worrying about space.

You install it in a minute and it backs up everything for you, all the time.

So if you ever drop your computer, spill something on it, or a Sumo sits on it and breaks everything ... Backblaze has all of your files protected for you.

Here's what one sumo-ling who's using Backblaze had to say:

A simple no work way to back up my computer? Yes please!

If you are like me and have spent your time "backing up" your important files to Dropbox then this deal is a DEAL. Save time and let Backblaze take care of backing up everything for you.

- Patrick Newton

Oh and here’s the best part: Backblaze is super inexpensive.

Regularly, it only costs $5/month to backup ALL your files with Backblaze.

The folks over at Backblaze love you so much that they’re hooking you up with an exclusive special. For the next three days only, you can get a whole year of unlimited backup with Backblaze for only $25 (50% off!)

That’s a little more than $2 a month. Get one less cup of coffee a month and protect all your precious files instead.

Want to back up more than one computer? Buy two! 3 computers in the family? Buy three!

$25 $50

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One year of Backblaze

  • Unlimited backup for your Mac or PC.
  • New customers only.
  • Buy more than one if you'd like to backup multiple computers.
  • Military-Grade Encryption.
  • Continuous Backup.
  • 60-day money back guarantee. No matter the reason.

110 Comments & Reviews

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I am confused. if my pc is backed up, and I accidentally delete a file on my pc, then you delete it off your backup too?

So whats the point of a backup?

How fast does that happen?

If the backup is sync'd to be an exact image of what my pc is right now, then how is that a backup? For file i deleted, or lost, last week lets say?

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Yev P
Yev P

November 25, 2013
Creator

Yev from Backblaze here -> We do this 30 days after the file or hard drive is removed, and also keep a 30 day version history of files. So if you make a change, you can roll-back time up to 30 days and get the correct file version back!

Brent Dooley
Brent Dooley

November 25, 2013
Bought

I forget where but on the backblaze page they let you know that it will not be deleted from their site for 30 days, so you have that long to figure out if you really needed it.

Sumo-ling
Sumo-ling

November 25, 2013

It is a backup in that if your hard drive dies and cannot be accessed, you can install a new hard drive and retrieve all your files. The fact that they give you thirty days retention is also great.

As a current user of BackBlaze, I can recommend this deal 100%. In fact, I'd be taking advantage of a renewal if it weren't just for new customers. ;)

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Met Gleb at FailCon and the man is brilliant. BTW he gave AppSumo a shoutout during his keynote.

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Yev P
Yev P

November 25, 2013
Creator

We like AppSumo :)

I've not yet used an online backup service, although I plan to. One thing never mentioned in promotional copy is the ease and reliability of restoration, which I think is the whole point of having a backup.

Does the restoration Zip file include the entire OS or just the settings and files?
If I reinstall Mac OS 10.5 from disk, can I restore to the latest OS that I have purchased? What if I don't have an OS installation disk?

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Sumo-ling
Sumo-ling

November 25, 2013

It doesnt backup applications and OS, since the assumption is you can re-install those easily. What it backs up are your files, settings, pictures, mp3s, movies and much more - you know, the stuff that isn't easily replaced.

You can download a ZIP file for free or for cost, BackBlaze will send you a USB drive or standalone harddrive depending on how much you are replacing.

Holy fricking gosh guys this a badass awesome deal.

If it wasn't for the fact I'm already using CrashPlan (and have been for 2 years) and data uploading wasn't a bitch I'd have bought this deal.

Keep rocking Sumo's

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David Heasman
David Heasman

November 25, 2013

*this is a badass awesome deal.

My interwebs english is amazing. Honest.

Yev P
Yev P

November 25, 2013
Creator

You can never have too many backups David ;-)

Slow, but steady

It does well, I guess. Except for the blazing slow speed. At an average speed of 0.9 Mbps upload, my initial ~200 GB backup will take like 6 months (given the fact that I use my computer a few hours a day). But it gives me peace of mind that my files will be safe in case of disaster. So I got that goin' for me, which is nice!
It would be a great feature to be easier to manage exclusions, with an interface like the restore page on the site: a view of the entire folder tree to be backed up, and if you check a folder, it will be excluded from the backup list. It would be much easier to be able to see what you're excluding, and, in my case, to exclude the least critical data on the first backup, then gradually add more folders. It's much easier than scanning the text only list of exclusions to see if you have excluded a certain folder, and when adding to it, being forced to browse it from the root of My computer (Windows version here).
Also, I'm not sure what will happen after I reinstall my Windows, given the fact that I'll have the same paths to drives and folders. Will I need to re-add every single excluded folder to the list? I haven't seen an "Export settings" option (truth is, I haven't really looked for it). Will the backup resume from where it left off, or it will think that this is a new machine and re-start the whole process?
All in all, for a home user, this is a great tool.

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If I already have an account, can I use this deal to add a year on my subscription?

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Yev P
Yev P

November 25, 2013
Creator

No, unfortunately not. It's only open to new accounts. But if you have another computer, you can create another account (email/password) and use this deal for that account.

Sumo-ling
Sumo-ling

November 26, 2013

Yev... renewing my existing account gives the option of entering a prepaid code. Are you saying that this prepaid code will not work for existing accounts, even though the payment screen provides that option?

Just read a few more of the comments... SO, if I understand this correctly, this is NOT the best choice for archiving, in the event you want to get some of your files off of your hard drive?

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Yev P
Yev P

November 25, 2013
Creator

Correct sumo-ling! Backblaze is not an archival service, it is a backup. If you remove data from your computer, we will eventually remove it as well (30 days after the file was last seen).

The offers seems to be surprisingly reasonable.
The big problem for me and most of the people in India is the bandwidth.
If we go on uploading each and everything to a cloud, we won't have much of the bandwidth left to do our stuff. Also the bills for the bandwidth would be far more.
Thanks for the great offers and work.

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Yev P
Yev P

November 25, 2013
Creator

Ello Sumo-ling! Bandwidth is definitely a bummer. If there's "mission-critical" items you want to upload, you can certainly exclude the non-important folders from upload to speed up the important stuff.

no server backups? boo!

Huge bummer! Doesn't support server backup. So I just finished cancelling my online server backup thinking I'm going to save a heap of dough and it didn't work out. I wasted an hour and a half figuring that out.

Nowhere on the web site or in the offer did it say that servers are out of bounds.

I actually bought two of these but now only need one. Disappointed I cancelled my kineticD account for this. Arggh. At least with kinetic D you can manage a team of users from one console and specify mapped drives as the location to be backed up. Everyone on my team puts data on one hard drive and then we back up that one.

I like the back blaze interface but its a little lightweight for what I do. And from the verbiage on their web site, one would think you can backup the pentagon with this service.

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Sumo-ling
Sumo-ling

November 25, 2013
Bought

I wish I'd seen this comment before signing up. I'm running into this problem too. I use an Essentials 2012 instance as the repository for all things on my network, so that's the machine that needs to be backed up.

I'm a software developer, losing my files in simply not an option. So, I'm always very interested in backup methods.

I've read every word on this page even though my time is precious to me.

But not only the main text, even the _comments_ feel like copywriting. I'm sadly starting to have doubts about appsumo...

I don't doubt there will be an answer, so I'll come back here to check. I'l be pleased to be wrong.

In the meantime I'll stay with my CrashPlan, which I use since 2012, works well, and is unobtrusive thanks to bandwidth management. Although I have to say, I AM tempted to try Backblaze...

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Anton Sepetov
Anton Sepetov

November 25, 2013
Admin

Sumo-ling, I never ever lie in my emails to you. The story here is 100% true and that is an actual screenshot from my mail program (see the date etc.)

We're are 100% real here at AppSumo :-)

Yev P
Yev P

November 25, 2013
Creator

Ello Sumo-ling! That's a true story. We were happy to hear that Anton's brother had such a good personal experience with our service, but we get stories like this all the time and publish them as "Restories" on our blog. We have a lot of software-devs on Backblaze, they like us quite a bit as another layer of backup.

BackBlaze Is my favorite!

I spent weeks researching different back-up plans, and BackBlaze came highly recommended by a colleague. I've been using it ever since, and it's wonderful. The peace of mind is worth every penny. Plus, at this price, it's really a no-brainer!

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Flaky communication with the Backblaze server... hard to use

I like the idea behind Backblaze. But I've been trying it out (the paid up version, not the free trial), and it's going badly.

It freezes periodically my internet connexion, and by periodically, I don't mean a few times per day. No, it freezes at least several times per hour, sometimes more. And when frozen, every internet action fails. Downloads, requests, mails, everything fails.

As soon as I cut off Backblaze, internet access is restored. As it is, it will probably have to stay turned off, it's unusable in it's present state.

I've contacted support, and up to now, I've had no hint of an upcoming correction. I've even waited several days before posting the review, but I'm fed up.

Well, you've been warned.

P.S. I'm giving it 2 out of 5, despite all this, because I do like the idea. Think of it as being positive.

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Back blasé

The concept seems good but so far, execution is SLOW! Using their built-in speed test, their capacity for upload and download are not anything near what my home cable internet bandwidth allows. And actual throughput is even lower. It fluctuates a lot, but peak upload speed is around 830KB/s connecting from Seattle.

Won't know how well they do with restores since my initial backup won't finish until 82 days from now.

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Useful and easy to use

Completed first backup of my Macbook alright. Not an awful lot of stuff on it but highly at loss risk so good to have a remote backup. In general seemed easy to configure and easy recovery procedures.
Only things I didn't figure yet is how to get rid of heavy useless files you didn't realize you had until you see the backup stuck on those - during the process or right after so that you're sure you won't recover them in the future!

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Won't work on Servers!

I have Windows Home Server on my network PC, which is where I store all our important files and data. Purchased, and won't work on servers. Total waste of $25.

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Yev P
Yev P

November 28, 2013
Creator

Adam, I'm afraid we only run on Mac and PC systems. We currently don't support servers but might in the future as an additional service. Stay tuned!

Here's sharing some info with all you guys. And I would appreciate a comment from Yev if possible.

I have started a test of this service one and a half days ago, during which Backbkaze has been continuously uploading files.

Everything looks quite good, except for a terrible thing: it is eating up ALL the bandwidth, so much so that most other internet requests fail (they timeout). If I want to do something, I have to pause Backblaze and immediately after that, all internet request go through.

This is despite having activated the throttling option, and having lowered it to a max of one fifth of the available bandwidth.

Something is not right here. Yev, can you help? TIA.

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Yev P
Yev P

November 26, 2013
Creator

Hi! That's very interesting, especially since you took us off of auto-throttle. Without looking in to your account I can't speculate on why that would be happening though, other than we are single-threaded, so if you have a lot of incoming traffic as well you might experience some slow-down. Could you write in to support: https://help.backblaze.com/home? They'll be able to take a look at your account and see if they can spot anything there that might be causing the internet to slow down. They usually respond within 1 business day, but they'll be happy to check for you.

@Yev P: sorry, my bad. I wrote a few minutes ago that Backblaze does not offer individual file recovery. My mistake. I have activated the encryption key, and the file list was not displayed because of that. I only noticed it now.

My main gripe just disappeared, poof!

Thx again.

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Yev P
Yev P

November 25, 2013
Creator

No worries! Glad you were able to get it figured out :)

Hi Yev and Anton, thanks for the replies.

You have tempted me sufficiently to make me start a test. It's in progress.

The backup process is totally straightforward, good.

Something is quite strange though. After several hours, Backblaze reports having uploaded only 200 megs, which is ridiculously little. Without using a bandwidth cap, I have a fiber optic internet connection, and my _whole_ bandwidth was used continually, I've checked. Strange.

The restore process seems totally different from Crashplan. It seems you can only recover the complete backup, even if it's 500 gigs. With Crashplan, you can recover individual files, which is a common use case. But the option of receiving a hardware backup is cool, Crashplan does not do this.

Well well, food for thought...

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Yev P
Yev P

November 25, 2013
Creator

Glad you were able to figure out the security key bit! You can always recover just one file, but if you use a private encryption key it locks everything down until you input it :)

I'm new to cloud backup, and have some questions/reservations:
The way i understand it, its not meant to replace an external hard drive for long term file storage. For example, if I have loads of files, and want to store them onto the cloud instead of buying external hard drives, then it appears that the cloud is not really the answer (unless I'm willing to upload every 30 days).

What about safety and reliability? Is there any scenario where files stored with your service can be lost?

What if your company goes out of business, what happens to the files?

Can you comment on these? Thanks.

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Yev P
Yev P

November 25, 2013
Creator

Hello Sumo-Ling -> Yev from Backblaze here -> Great questions! Here you go:

1. You're correct, Backblaze is NOT an external drive solution. We are a 1:1 backup of the data on your computer. If that data on your computer goes away, you have 30 days to restore it from us before we purge it as well. There are absolutely online storage companies out there, but they typically charge on a per GB fee structure.

2. We encrypt everything on your computer before we transmit anything via HTTPS, so it is sent and stored encrypted. As for reliability, there is always a chance that the data can be lost, no matter what measures you take to protect it. We recommend a 3-2-1 approach: 3 copies of the data, 2 copies on-site (the original, and a local hard drive backup), 1 copy off-site (that is where Backblaze comes int). That way, even if one or two of those goes down, the data is still in another location and retrievable. The chances of everything failing at once are very low.

3. If your company goes out of business I'll be really sad, because we have great snacks. We've been around for 6 years and as far as we know we are only of the only online backup providers to be profitable (we only took funding last year, and it was just a little bit to expand marketing efforts). We have no plans of shutting down, but if we do, we will of course let our users know ahead of time, so that they can retrieve their data from us if they want to, and the data will all be purged upon our shutting down. We do not sell or have access to it, so it will all be deleted.

Hope that helps!