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[OT] CrashPlan Abandoning Home Users   [OT]

By: Art Kocsis     So Calif  
Date: Aug 22,2017 at 19:54

CrashPlan just announced that effective today, Aug 22, 2017, they are abandoning Home Users. While they will honor current contracts until expiration, no new contracts or contract extensions will be offered.
https://www.crashplan.com/en-us/consumer/nextsteps/

CrashPlan is suggesting a switch to Carbonite (another cloud backup service), that includes a small discount (which is only good for 60 days). If you just started or renewed a CrashPlan program you're kinda screwed as Carbonite seems to be less service for more $$$.
https://www.carbonite.com/en/cloud-backup/personal/buy/?catid=243155

Laurent's post on Aug 16 peaked my interest in CrashPlan. Hopefully he will chime in with his thoughts and suggestions. http://www.ztw3.com/forum/forum_entry.php?id=120738

I was especially interested in the CrashPlan local storage function. Unfortunately, I didn't DL their local backup software then and it looks like the DL links have disappeared. The Wayback mach has some of their pages archived but the DL page is timing out. Will have to try later. https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.crashplan.com/en-us/

I just received an announcement from BackBlaze with an invitation for CrashPlan users to try the BackBlaze service. BackBlaze offers unlimited backup service for $5/mon ($50/year) including FedEx flash or hard drive restorations.
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/crashplan-alternative-backup-solution/

BTW, if you are interested in HDD reliability info, BackBlaze publishes quarterly statistics on the failure rates of their 3 - 8 TB hard drives - some 80+ thousand of them! (HGST good; Seagate not so)
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-failure-rates-q1-2017/ [Q2 stats should be out soon]


Namaste', Art

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