OOOHhhhh. Nice, Karen! We all have our priorities, right?

Thank you very much.

I want the ability to pull files from the "cloud" in case of laptop 
failure during a lecture (which happened in my last workshop two weeks 
ago). I did have the 4 powerpoints on a backup flash drive.   Accessing 
the files from another computer is a feature of both Carbonite and (I 
think) CrashPlan (but I have to get them to confirm).
But with Carbonite you cannot alter that file and then upload it back to 
the cloud, it has to be uploaded from the original, registered computer.

No, the guy at Carbonite says they cannot upload from a hard drive sent 
in. I specifically asked that.

Will check out BackBlaze....

Thank you!

Linda M. Feltner Artist LLC
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, President

On 3/25/18 1:06 PM, Karen Ackoff wrote:
> Linda, you beat me to it… Yes, CrashPlan discontinued their plan for 
> individuals. And so you must migrate or use one of their business 
> plans, as you outline below.
> Carbonite has the limitation that it does not back up external drives 
> from a Mac… unless they’ve changed that (I haven’t checked recently). 
> So this renders it useless for me.
> My user group likes BackBlaze, and that is what I’m switching to (from 
> CrashPlan). It does back up external Mac drives. The price is 
> reasonable at about $60/yr.
> I have 4 TB of data to backup. I’m going on about 5 months now, and 
> there are still about 200MB to go. But I have DSL, so have slow upload 
> speeds. But it depends on traffic at their end too, so in other words, 
> it may take a while. I hit a snag while some files were being backed 
> up and had frequent crashes, but that has passed. I do pause the 
> backup while I’m working on graphics files. But then I also have an 
> old (9 yrs) computer. I’m going to bite the bullet and upgrade this 
> summer, which means upgrading a number of peripherals, not the least 
> of which is my RAID which isn’t supported by the new OS. No pain, no 
> gain, I guess.
> I should say BackBlaze has a nice feature… you can retrieve a file 
> from your backup on any computer. So if I’m teaching and I’ve 
> forgotten a file, I can retrieve it on a computer at the college. So 
> that’s kind of nice. Note that it does not backup all system files, if 
> you intend to use it to backup your main drive. I use Time Machine for 
> that, and a local hard drive (my Time Capsule failed long ago).
> Part of me, just for the hell of it, wants to see if I can push my 
> iMac to 10 years of use. But I’ll probably trade it in, if that offer 
> is still available from Apple. The upgrade won’t be cheap. I had 
> planned to upgrade over the winter break… but I bought a handmade 
> guitar instead. Hey, I’m a sucker for a beautiful guitar, and this one 
> is a parlor guitar modeled after one that was made in 1830. Pretty cool.
> Best,
> K
>> On Mar 25, 2018, at 2:32 PM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask] 
>> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>> I began investigating CrashPlan, and they have discontinued the
>> "Crashplan for Home" and are only keeping "CrashPlan for Small 
>> Business".. If one is interested in the smaller scale/cheaper 
>> service, they recommend Carbonite.. with a link to their site.  (If 
>> you already have "CrashPlan for Home" they offer a good discount for 
>> a year to Carbonite, with free transfer of data.)
>> I called  Carbonite. Their simple plan, "One computer", has three 
>> options. Click the Buy Now button to access the "Plus" and the 
>> "Prime" options. -The Basic, for $72/yr, is unlimited backup on one 
>> computer, and it's internal hard drive. Manual video upload only.
>> The Plus, $112/yr, has external hard drive backup as well, and 
>> automatic video backup.
>> The Prime, $150yr, has all of the above and a Courier recovery 
>> service, which means they will send a hard drive to you if you need 
>> to restore a lot of files (plus $9.99)....
>> **NOTE, they do not, under any plan, let you mail in a hard drive to 
>> be copied.
>> The CrashPlan for Small Business touts a $10/mo plan (with no extra 
>> charges), cancel at any time. : so I did some further reading. Their 
>> sales dept is closed on weekends, so I wrote on their contact form my 
>> questions.   I want to confirm that I could sending them a hard drive 
>> to start the process. And to find any "extra hidden charges"..  AND 
>> also they say can back up as many devices as needed - I'm asking for 
>> the extra charges and to define that, does it include more than one 
>> external hard drive.
>> fyi,
>> Linda
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>> Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, President
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