(^ to the tune of The Sound of Silence)
After Code42’s announcement that Crashplan Consumer Edition will be ended - a lot of the Internet is either facing paying $12/month per machine (up from $5) for unlimited backups on single machine or having to move to another cloud backup provider.
After wrangling with different options (and seeing what others are doing on Twitter) I’ve settled on Backblaze. I’ve not gone with their $5/month unlimited “for one machine” option as it’s cheaper for me to use their B2 file storage system. The B2 storage system is 75% cheaper than S3 per GB (equates to $5/terabyte/month!). They’re quite open about their architecture and platform, they regularly publish stats on hard drive failure rates which is always interesting. They have their own bespoke system and run drives in groups of 20 with 3 as parity. (RAID 6++ of sorts!)
For the purpose of sharing/discussion here’s my current plan (always handy to expose backup strategies to critique as well )
- Installing Cloudberry - free if you don’t want encryption (200GB limit) or $29.99 for 1TB limit and encrypted backups. (I’m happy with free for now, most of my “daily files” fit under 200GB.
- Adding two Backblaze B2 “buckets”…
- …A) for backing my C drive and current work using Cloudberry.
- …B) for backing archive photos (RAW format you space hog!) and videos to.
Bucket A will be populated via the B2 software
Bucket B will be populated using rclone (basically, rsync for cloud filesystems). I’ve tried B2’s own command line tool and it was dropping connections occasionally. rclone provides tools for hash comparison to verify storage. Backblaze allows the B2 buckets to be mounted on Windows with tools like Mountain Duck - Cloudberry Drive does something similar.
Even with storing old versions of files from my C drive I reckon I should be looking at no more than 600GB in total - $3/month once it’s all there (and that might take a few weeks even with Virgin 100Mbit as the upload is only 7Mbit). I’ve also decided that iCloud (£0.79/month) and Google Drive (£1.59/month) paid options are not really being used so I can scrap them. Both of them along with Crashplan ($5) were costing me a total $8/month. Doing some maths on that means I should save about £47/year, which easily covers a Cloudberry upgrade.
Importantly: I will still be doing my regular backup to my trusty external hard drives (two in rotation - one stored with family off site, other other at home) to fulfil the 3-2-1 strategy - 3 copies, 2 local, 1 offsite. My old drives are 500GB, they should be big enough for now (no point upgrading as there’s always a bigger drive available tomorrow at a lower price).
This should cover me for future use: a weekend of photography using JPEG and RAW formats can easily eat 5–10GB at a time, I might start recording screen casts as well soon, so space will definitely be eaten by that!
Questions for the community:
- How much are you backing up?
- Have you tested it recently???