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"Best consumer backup software..."
Version: CrashPlan 3.5.3
Bar none, if you just download the free "trial" and install the software you can get the best home backup system available. Install it on your PC, your Mac, your Linux box add a 3TB drive to one of those boxes, configure the software to backup all 3 machines to the one with the big HD, and voila you're done, at no cost. It has very advanced features including dedupe, compression, and encryption on the target disk. It is very similar to high end software such as Avamar, in that it puts a lot of workload on the front-end (your PC) for the initial backup, which can take hours or days even locally.
However what it will give you is a very small backups, continuous protection, using backup sets you can have many many revisions saved as you save them, or say for video work adjust it to every few hours, or some combo of these.
After the long initial backup is complete you'll have very versatile and efficient continuous protection, for free.
Honestly you have to be an engineer (and maybe even a backup engineer) to understand all the advanced features this software provides, it is impressive. The GUI does a good job of presenting this in a simple enough manner however it could have a button to solve each of the complaints I see. A button that says backup as quick as possible, to disable compression, encryption, and make it use 100% CPU, may give people the "quick and dirty" feel that consumers seem to want to have, but not the efficiencies the software delivers. On the recovery side I find the interface a little oversimplified, an option to show file details would be nice, and a content search of the files (no matter how slow) would be very helpful for those of us supporting our users.
If you're a tech and have mom, dad, brother, friends, school teachers, non-tech co-workers bugging you for the answer to backups CrashPlan is literally the answer for every situation. CrashPlan central will let your friends with light workload pay to have their data backed up at a vault, while your heavy Mac Videographer friend will get all their various network and local drives backed up to any arrangement of disks, local PC's, or what not, with advanced backup sets used to make advanced retention and storage decisions. It's a win. I have not come across a more full featured backup software outside of enterprise programs (certainly not one that is openly free for my usage), and I'd offer that outside of EMC Avamar, CrashPlan doesn't have a rival for disk2disk features.
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