Color me somewhat paranoid, but my grandma taught me the basics of life. “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” still sticks in my head. “Trust no one over 30” seemed like a good idea until I was 30. Other sayings of note include a few favorites. Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands to fill the time available.” Or, put another way, “If you have four hours to do a two hour job, it will take four hours.”
Murphy’s Law applies to those of us living in Apple’s walled garden ecosphere. “Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.” That explains why I have multiple backups and clones at home for Mac, plus backups for iPhone, and iPad, and a couple of online backups of critical files; specifically iCloud for iOS devices, and Amazon S3 for the Mac (plus some iCloud).
If “Whatever can go wrong will go wrong” led me to look around for other solutions. I tried BackBlaze a few years ago and it was OK, but storage prices have fallen so I gave it another look. Basically, BackBlaze has grown up. Cloud storage is less expensive.
Why worry so much about backups?
Ask yourself how you’d feel if you turned on your Mac to start the day and nothing happened. The Mac was dead. Dead. Zilch. Nothing. No acccess to anything. All your files, applications, documents, movies, music, and photos were gone. What would you do?
A good backup plan sounds like a good idea, right?
BackBlaze is $5 per month for unlimited storage ($50 per year on the annual plan). Use an iPhone or Mac application to setup and configure. As you would expect, it takes awhile to upload all your files to BackBlaze’s storage servers, but subsequent backups are incremental and ongoing, so, much faster.
Controls and settings are straightforward.
BackBlaze for Mac is a native macOS application so files are stored in the same format as on your Mac. My tests indicate the app does not use much of the Mac’s CPU– runs in the background– and it knows where typical Mac files are located (iMovie, iTunes, Photos, etc.). I like what iCloud’s Mac backup does– put all Documents and Desktop files on iCloud for easy retrieval, and you get something similar in BackBlaze.
What surprised me about BackBlaze’s B2 Cloud Storage option is the price. I use Amazon S3 and the ARQ app and I’m very satisfied, but I noticed that BackBlaze is now less expensive than Amazon’s highly touted S3. Surprise, right?
I use a clone backup for the Mac because nothing is easier to restore and to test. But an on-premise clone is subject to disaster and catastrophe (theft, fire, earthquake, etc.), which makes an online backup system a worthy addition, and these days they are much less expensive.
Negatives? There does not seem to be an easy way to test restore reliability (clones are much easier). Upload speeds from most internet service providers (ISPs) are slower than downloads, so the initial upload could take a few days.
Otherwise, the trial period makes it worth a look.