CrashPlan - Affordable Online Backup System

Published Tuesday, March 9, 2010 11:57 AM

I run an backup of all my files on to an external hard drive attached to my computer. What if you experienced some kind of natural disaster like a flood, earthquake, power surge, or fire. Then your computer and all your files would be ruined. There is also a possibility that both your computer and your backup could both die at the same time what would you do them? Well the simple answer is to backup all your files to a remote location. That way if anything were to happen to your computer or the structure that houses your computer all will not be lost.

There are many ways to backup your files online but I think CrashPlan is one of the simplest and most affordable ways of doing that. You have several options when it comes to CrashPlan. You can backup to a local drive, backup to a remote machine, or backup to their online servers. Backing up online is slow because of bandwidth issues, and could take weeks and restoring a large amount of data could take days. Backing up to a local drive is fast but it too could be affected by the same natural disaster as the original files. You can also backup to a remote machine that way the transfer is fast and both the computer and the backup are not in the same location.  

The basic version of the software is free, but there pro version called CrashPlan+ for $60. The main difference is that the basic version backs up every hour and only stores the most recent version of the file where as CrashPlan+ will backup every 15 minutes if you want and store multiple version of the same file. The software is cross-platform and works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The online backup plans are very affordable and offer unlimited storage. Individual unlimited plans for one year is $54, which is $4.50 a month, 2 years is $ 99, and 3 years is $125. The 3 year plan comes out at $3.47 a month which is hard to beat anywhere on the internet.

If you have been thinking about starting a backup system for your computer this is a great place to start.  Checkout CrashPlan.

CrashPlan Online Backup  

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