Several months ago now I posted a series of articles about offline backup. Its a topic that more and more people are dealing with. The realisation that you have many gigabytes of digital media that could easily be lost combined with better broadband is prompting a move to off-site backups. So I posted up my exploration into backing up off-site. Recently I have had a few people ask me if I am still happy with my final choice, crashplan.
Even my mum uses it!
I am very happy with the choice. In the original posts I managed to setup three home machines, one Linux one windows and a mackbook. Since then I added the iMac that I keep at my parents. This is a sign of how easy crashplan is to maintain. In a nutshell once you have set it up, you just forget about it. This has to be one of the most important things about backing up. It does not require any maintenance whatsoever. This is encouraging when your several hundred miles away from one of the machines. I can use the web to see if its backed up, and get alerts if a period goes by and it fails. I just checked it now, 100% backed up today.
The backup client allows you to set how much bandwidth and CPU its allowed to use. I use the default as I have never found it hogging either. I am probably lucky that so far several backups on different machines have not started at the same time. If it did its easily curable.
If you have anything worthwhile keeping, and want off-site backup – get a crashplan account. If you have friends with space, use crashplan for free and backup to each others machines. In fact do both!