A little less data loss in the world


December 13th, 2010

I’m passionate building a software business as an indie Mac developer, but I’m equally passionate about helping people protect themselves from data loss.

Back in February 2010 I ran several online backup applications through a test suite called Backup Bouncer, hoping it would increase awareness among users and attract enough attention to get the providers of those applications to fix the issues. The results weren’t good. Backblaze failed 19 of 20 tests, Mozy failed 16, Carbonite failed all 20, Dropbox failed 19 and CrashPlan failed 12.

On June 30 someone tweeted Crashplan with a link to the Backup Bouncer test result asking when they’d address the restore errors I had documented:

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Crashplan replied that all the issues would be fixed in the next release.

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Finally in early December they released a new version that passes all but 1 of the tests.

Data Safety for Everyone

I’m very happy that Crashplan have fixed those issues, and I like to think I helped in a small way to make that happen. Of course I think everyone should use Arq ;) but even if they use a different product no one should suffer from data loss.

Hopefully Mozy, Carbonite, Backblaze and Dropbox will fix their issues with restoring metadata as well.

We make Arq, a trustworthy backup app, since 2009. Arq backs up your files to your own cloud accounts (Amazon Web Services, Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, Dropbox, SFTP) and encrypts everything for you before sending so that those cloud providers don't have access to your files. Give it a try!