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Backblaze for Mac

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Very good
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  • Date Added:
    Sep. 05, 2016
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    Free to try (15-day free trial)
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Editors' Review


BackBlaze for Mac is designed to back up every file on your computer actively while you work. With a fairly streamlined setup process, straightforward lists of options, and a decent free account size, BackBlaze works as a solid alternative to backup cloud solutions, though it does lack some of the flexibility you'll find in those other services.

After installing BackBlaze, it will run a quick scan of your computer. The speed will depend on the size of your hard drive and how full it is. We tested this on a 500GB MacBook Pro drive with about 240GB of data stored on it and it took 15 minutes to scan, so the process is relatively fast. The first backup, however, is much slower, as you'd expect. While the app doesn't give you an ETA on the upload, you can expect between 24-48 hours of uploading depending on the number of files and your connection speed, so it will take a few days for the first backup. After that, it will only back up new files or changed files at intervals you can set. Running from your taskbar, BackBlaze is out of the way and doesn't seem to bog down the system much, if at all. The interface is almost a non-issue here as the tool only backs up your data and there is no cloud access like you'd get from a Dropbox or account.

If you need a straight backup tool that costs less than a cloud storage method, BackBlaze is a good option. It costs as little as $4/month for unlimited backup and it runs smoothly on most newer Mac computers. If you're not sure, though, you get 15 days to test the service, which is more than adequate to see if this is the right backup tool for you.

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5 stars

"An excellent Low cost unlimited Backup Storage"

February 19, 2014  |  By lawrenh

2014-02-19 14:19:34  |  By lawrenh

 |  Version: Backblaze


Seamless, invisible, fast. After the initial upload of your computer's contents (files, docs, pix, music, not programs or operating system) you never know it is working on a daily, and sometimes if I am really busy on the computer, hourly up date of files I have just worked on. There is an IOS app that allows you to pull up anything you have backed up...which is everything on your computer (now if they would get a Android app...). Their help desk is fast and manned by real Techs that can help...and not from a script. Oh yes...their service includes all drives attached to your computer, and all the portable disks attached as well. If you unplug one, it must be reattached within a set time limit, or you lose the data,but not before they notify you and give you time to plug back in.


None.. unless you count the fact they are new, and small compared to the big players in the field

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5 stars

"An excellent backup solution."

December 24, 2010  |  By DouglasHClements

2010-12-24 05:41:29  |  By DouglasHClements

 |  Version: Backblaze


Off site. Dependable. Easy to use.


Costs could mount for those with limited means.


Easy, automatic backup to a secure offsite location is invaluable in case of any emergency. A worthwhile service.

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4 stars

"Backblaze works great for me"

July 23, 2009  |  By percusso

2009-07-23 23:30:52  |  By percusso

 |  Version: Backblaze


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I haven't had any of the problems experienced by others. Backblaze did take a while to back up everything on my 13" MacBook Pro (121GB took a number of weeks to upload). However it now works seamlessly in the background keeping all my files securely backed up. One thing that could be improved is the UI for stopping Backblaze temporarily (e.g if I'm using my expensive HSDPA wireless account). I have to go to System Preferences > Backblaze Preferences > Settings > Schedule > Only when I click <backup now> > OK > Quit. That's 7 clicks to turn it off, and another 7 clicks to turn it back on again. Besides that, I'm a very happy customer!

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1 stars

"It hides &#38; keeps reappearing after deleting the program"

June 05, 2009  |  By shoilc

2009-06-05 13:30:29  |  By shoilc

 |  Version: Backblaze


I can't think of anything.


It wasn't what I wanted so I deleted it, but twice since it has popped up telling me to back up where it appeared again in Application and System Preferences. Then I have to Restart in order to empty it out of the trash because it is still running.


One you delete a program it should stay deleted. I can't find out where whatever it is that keeps reinstalling it is located. Each time, Spotlight shows me it is in Applications and System Preferenes only. You also have to look in Home-Library-Preferences and Library-Application-Support. Even that didn't get rid of it.

Updated on Jun 5, 2009

I guess I did it wrong. Instead of dragging BackBlaze to the trash you have to uninstall with the BackBlaze uninstaller which, since I never saw it and I didn't have it anymore, I downloaded from its web site. If that worked I shouldn't have a problem any more. In that case, I'll give it a much better rating.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Backblaze
Publisher web site
Release Date September 05, 2016
Date Added September 05, 2016
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Online Storage & Data Backup
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.79MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 467
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Free to try
Limitations 15-day free trial
Price Free

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