- Editor's Rating
- Good user interface
- Intuitive backups
- Restore problems
- No support for mobile devices
Backblaze is a cloud backup service that provides unlimited storage for $3.96 a month per computer, is less expensive than some of its competitors, such as Carbonite. Backblaze will back up internal drives, external drives, and USB drives; but it is not compatible with network drives or NAS devices. Backblaze is a great option for anyone who only needs to back up their files and documents, since it will not backup applications or operating system files. For anyone looking for inexpensive cloud storage, Backblaze will offer a reliable basic backup service with an easy to use interface.
The first backup can take up to a full week, but the user’s computer is still usable during the backup process. NotebookReview conducted a full backup, leaving the laptop undisturbed, and found that it took about three days. Backblaze offers a free zip file of the backup that can be sent to the user’s email account, however, if that file is too large, users of Blackblaze’s service can request a flash drive or USB hard drive to be sent to them for a system restore. While the zip file is free, the flash drive file costs $99 and the USB hard drive will run users $189. NBR found that the 25MB backup file created during testing was too large to be emailed, and therefore, testers would need to pay for a physical copy of the backup files for a full system restore. Testers noted that 25MB is not that large of a file, so it could cost users in the long run if they need to do a system restore.
While Backblaze is an inexpensive cloud service that is easy to use, it may not be worth it in the long run. NBR notes the slow restoration speed, and although the cloud is generally slow with any program, testers found it “simply unacceptable”. Those looking for reliable storage at a low price may want to look at other services.