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With the recent news of CrashPlan discontinuing their home backup service, we thought it would be a good time to take another look at other options for backing up your data. CrashPlan allowed users to not only back up their entire Mac to the cloud, it also let you use the software to back up to other drives on your network as well as to remote destinations.

In this screencast we look at a few options to replace each of those features and give you additional ways to back up your Macs. We take a look at Backblaze as a replacement for online backups, along with their B2 cloud storage option in conjunction with an application called Arq for encrypting, uploading, and managing that online storage. We also walk through setting up Arq to do remote backups to drives you have in a remote location. We then take a look at the changes Apple have made to Time Machine with macOS High Sierra. You can now set up network Time Machine backups so that all of your Macs can back up to one central location on your local network.

The full tutorial covers:

  • Installation - Backblaze
  • Menu Bar Item
  • Backblaze Preference Pane
  • Backblaze Settings
  • Setting Upload Bandwidth
  • Scheduling Back Ups
  • Excluding Items from Backups
  • Security Options
  • Reports
  • Backblaze Web Interface
  • View and Restore Files Menu
  • Locate My Computer Feature
  • Preferences & Settings
  • B2 Cloud Storage Set Up
  • Arq Installation & Set Up
  • Arq Back Up to B2 Backblaze Storage
  • Arq Restore from Versions
  • Arq Preferences
  • Arq Remote Back Ups
  • Network Time Machine Back Ups

Show Links:

Backblaze - Link

Arq - Link

Video Tutorial Comments

(6 comments posted)

Jeffrey Price

As an ex-user of Crashplan I found this tutorial both informative and timely. As I understand it, BackBlaze only allows one machine to back-up unless you have a separate account for each machine. However, I can use a centralised Time Machine folder to back my MacBook and iMac. Then I can use Backblaze to backup my common Time Machine folder to the Cloud. Or have I misunderstood something?

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Todd Olthoff

Sorry for the late response. You can back up time machine to the B2 storage not the regular time machine back up. The regular back up doesn't let you select the drive unfortunately:(. Hope that helps!

Robert Herwick

How about just using BackBlaze to backup the TimeMachine drive connected to the computer. That way one does not need to take the physical disk off-site to have a backup/restore plan for a catastrophe such as a fire. Since just about everyone has their data in either Dropbox or iCloud what is really needed is a way to restore a replacement to a completely destroyed or stolen computer.

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James S

Yes, I'd certainly be interested if you or anyone else had tried restoring from that setup?

One problem I can envisage, is that you're putting all eggs in one basket. Should the TimeMachine backup be faulty, it'll be faulty in its cloud backup version as well.

...jeez, is it just me or is this backup malarkey truly getting complicated, to both understand possible repeating data loss points of failure, along with best practice to avoid restore conflicts as well?!?!

Perhaps Apple may come with iCloud Time Machine in future – 'all your iCloud files are now saved from deletion by having duplicates of deleted files stored forever... blah blah' – haha!
Mind you, they obviously (sort-of-but-not-quite; as ones you delete are gone forever) already do this across data centres for redundancy, so who knows if that'll ever be practical enough to be a thing.

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James S

Yes, I'd certainly be interested if you or anyone else had tried restoring from that setup?

One problem I can envisage, is that you're putting all eggs in one basket. Should the TimeMachine backup be faulty, it'll be faulty in its cloud backup version as well.

...jeez, is it just me or is this backup malarkey truly getting complicated, to both understand possible repeating data loss points of failure, along with best practice to avoid restore conflicts as well?!?!

Perhaps Apple may come with iCloud Time Machine in future – 'all your iCloud files are now saved from deletion by having duplicates of deleted files stored forever... blah blah' – haha!
Mind you, they obviously (sort-of-but-not-quite; as ones you delete are gone forever) already do this across data centres for redundancy, so who knows if that'll ever be practical enough to be a thing.

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Todd Olthoff

I agree with both of you! Apple really should come up with a way to do back ups in the cloud for Macs like they do for iOS devices. I assume the reason they don't is due to the storage it takes to do such a thing and they probably feel people using iCloud Drive for their files are the things people need back ups for anyway though I would say that leaves those of us that do videos out in the cold due to size:(.

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