Need a Crashplan plan.
July 19, 2013 7:54 AM Subscribe
I’m finally signing up for an unlimited Crashplan package this weekend. This is my first time using web storage for any of my backup needs. Can you let me know if I’m thinking correctly about 1) what I back up online and 2) what makes sense for backing up in the future?
posted by Admiral Haddock to computers & internet (11 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I have a Mac Pro jammed to the gills with hard drives, as well as a collection of external hard drives (mostly backups).
The Main HD is about 500GB (on a 640GB drive). It’s cloned to an external drive, and is also backed up to an internal Time Machine.
There are two drives of photos and other media (one is 900GB on a 1TB drive, and the other is about 1 TB on a 2 TB drive). Each of these is backed up to an external clone. Time Machine does not copy them.
(There’s also an internal SSD in the second optical bay that I will start to use as my main drive.)
I also have about 500GB of media on an external drive that is not backed up. It's only connected to the computer periodically--it's not always on (to the extent that matters for Crashplan).
If you have an unlimited Crashplan account, are you really pushing out your multiple terabytes of data on multiple drives (I realize you only push out the whole thing once and then it’s just incremental)? If so, how long does that take, and is Comcast going to flip out over the amount of data and think I’m seeding torrents or something? Did you add drives incrementally? If you’ve ever had a data issue, can you just download the specific files or drives you need to replace? Any concerns about Security (i.e., is the NSA now going to snoop through my precious backups of my 9th grade English homework)?
Also, once you started using Crashplan, did that replace your other backups? I’m sure I’d continue using Time Machine, but can Crashplan replace my clones?
Thanks in advance--I derive great peace of mind from my backups and I'm all flustered by the prospect of changing a backup regimen that I've had for years (but which is admittedly risky, given than all the drives are located in the same place).