Losing CrashPlan for Home? Here’s What TMO Staff Uses for Online Backups

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Code42 announced Monday that it was shutting down CrashPlan for Home, the company’s consumer online backup service. At The Mac Observer, we’re getting lots of questions from readers wondering which service they should consider as a replacement. Here’s what we use.

Backblaze – Dave Hamilton, Bob LeVitus, Kelly Guimont

Dave Hamilton, Bob LeVitus, and Kelly Guimont rely on Backblaze. For home users, Backblaze Personal offers unlimited cloud backups for US$5 per month, or $50 per year. There’s a 15-day trial period, too. For more complex needs, Backblaze offers Business and B2 services, as well. Bob LeVitus has extensive advice on backing up in his newest book, Working Smarter for Mac Users.

DollyDrive – Jeff Gamet

Jeff Gamet has been using DollyDrive for years. DollyDrive Personal plans start at $5 per month with limited data for unlimited devices, or $6 per month for unlimited data for one device. There are other options—including business packages—and each plan offers discounts when paying for a year at a time. Kelly Guimont insisted I note she has a soft spot for DollyDrive, too.

iCloud – David Chartier, Andrew Orr

David Chartier uses iCloud for iOS backups and Mac document backups. Andrew Orr syncs his documents via iCloud.

Doesn’t Do Cloud backups – Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Butts, John Martellaro

Don’t be like these guys, though to be fair, there are many users who can’t or won’t do online backups because the data would be stored outside their control. That’s a reasonable approach as long as you diligently pursue a comprehensive backup plan using multiple backup methods (like John).

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  1. wab95

    Thanks, guys.

    These are all great choices, and two of them (BackBlaze and Dolly Drive) are in my sights.

    Now that I have to migrate my cloud backup plan, I’m doing a bit more research into options. One thing I’ve liked about Dolly Drive is their services for doctors and research groups, so need to consider professional vs personal back up options.

    Like David and Andrew, I too use iCloud for its available backup services, but this is not comprehensive, and there’s so much more on my MBP.

    This strikes me as yet another service that is ripe for Apple to enter as the natural extension of Time Machine, although Dave Hamilton has argued that Apple never get cloud services quite right, and perhaps they mightn’t make a comprehensive cloud backup service as robust as a dedicated third party service.

    I’ll let you know if I find a killer option that you didn’t mention.

  2. Scott B in DC

    How about John explains his “comprehensive backup plan using multiple backup methods” for those of us looking for a landing space? PLEASE!

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