Crashplan vs Backblaze

Crashplan vs Backblaze
The CrashPlan vs Backblaze debate continues. Similar to MyPCBackup ($4.51/month – unlimited storage), Backblaze and Crashplan are both cheap cloud storage services, yet both of them have something special to offer. The service you choose depends solely on your personal needs. However, take a close look at some of the key facts about both services to help make your choice a little bit easier.

Capacity Unlimited Unlimited
Price $2.50 – $12 $3.96 – $5.00
Mobile Access (Compatible Website)
Automatic Update
Customer Support Email, phone, live chat Only email
File Manager
Security 128-bit encryption used 128-bit encryption used
Multiple Computers
Money Back
Privacy High High
Special Promotions N/A N/A

Features of CrashPlan

  1. Backup – CrashPlan backs up files automatically. If a backup is interrupted, it will resume where it left off when the computer becomes available. Data backups to different destinations happen one at a time to ensure there is a full backup at one location as quickly possible. The system determines which backup destination can be completed the fastest and begins there.
  2. Scheduling – The system default backs up files automatically. However, the settings can be changed to allow users to control when computer backups take place.
  3. Unlimited file size – Most backup services limit file size, CrashPlan claims not to have any limits on the size of a file.
  4. The software will work with Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris.

Features of Backblaze

  1. Backup – Backblaze backs up everything on the computer except for the operating system, applications and temporary files. Backup occurs continuously. When a file changes, it is automatically backed up. Backblaze keeps file versions for up to four weeks. This means that if a file has been modified, but an older version is needed, the user simply scrolls back to the version before modifications were made.
  2. Scheduling – Backblaze backups occur continuously, but the system can be scheduled to backup only at convenient times or when the “Backup Now” option is selected.
  3. Unlimited file size – By default, Backblaze is set to limit files sizes to 4 GB, however, this can be raised or lowered at any time.
  4. The software works with Windows and Mac.

Neither service offers any type of file sharing or syncing.

Backblaze encrypts all data before transmission and then sends it securely over an encrypted connection to Backblaze servers. Users may create a supplemental security password and encryption key that can not be reset.

CrashPlan free version uses 128-bit Blowfish to encrypt files. The paid plans use 448-bit Blowfish encryption.

Price and Plans
Backblaze keeps their plans simple by only offering two options – the consumer plan and the business plan.

Consumer Plan – This plan includes unlimited storage, as well as:

  • External drive support.
  • Continuous backup.
  • Military-grade encryption.
  • Automatically finds files.
  • Automatic throttle.
  • Locate computer – this is a new feature that allows you to locate a lost or stolen computer.
  • Free web restore.
  • Restore to flash drive.
  • Restore to USB or hard drive.
  • File versioning.
  • Available in 11 languages.
  • $3.96 per month for 2 years ($95 total).
  • $4.17 per month for 1 year ($50 total).
  • $5 per month when on auto billing.

Business Plan – This plan offers the same benefits as the consumer plan for only $50 per year, per computer.

Another unique feature of Backblaze is its ability to send a hard drive complete with all user files overnight. The price may seem a bit steep at $189, but that is a small price to pay to save a business. Most businesses can not afford to wait days or weeks for important files.

CrashPlan offers four subscription options.

CrashPlan personal:

  • Free for personal backup.
  • Automatic daily backup.
  • On site and off site destinations – no online storage.
  • Backs up attached drives.
  • Interface comes with ads.

CrashPlan +:

  • 10 GB online storage.
  • Prices start at $24.99 per year.
  • Only one computer.

CrashPlan + unlimited:

  • Unlimited online storage.
  • Prices start at $49.99 per year.
  • Only one computer.

CrashPlan + family:

  • Unlimited online storage.
  • Prices start at $119.99 per year.
  • Supports 2 to 10 computers.

Customer Service
CrashPlan offers a full FAQ section covering all topics about the service and the security. There is a forum for all members to use. Plus, live chat, email and phone support is available to paid members.

Backblaze offers a complete section on how the system works. There is a comprehensive FAQ section, search-able knowledge base that includes subtopics covering every issue a user may come across, plus email support. Tech support with Backblaze is much better and easier to use because they offer support in 11 different languages, so there is never the language barrier customers sometimes experience with other providers.

CrashPlan and Backblaze both offer a great service for a great price. But, overall the features and storage space offered by Backblaze outweigh those offered by CrashPlan. The debate is finally settled – when it comes to Crashplan vs Backblaze – Backblaze is the winner!

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2 Responses to Crashplan vs Backblaze

    By: ladysaotome
    Date: July 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    After comparing the two, I disagree. Backblaze deletes content after 30 days but CrashPlan keeps it as long as you are a subscriber. Plus it works for more operating systems. Those 2 things put it ahead.

    By: systemsengineer
    Date: December 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Great! Let me start using backblaze for my home NAS/DNLA server… oh wait… no linux support. Guess Crashplan is actually the winner.

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