Archive for March, 2015

Backup to your OneDrive account with Arq!


March 30th, 2015

Arq can now back up to your Microsoft OneDrive account!

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OneDrive accounts come with 1TB of storage, and if you’re an Office 365 subscriber you can get unlimited storage.

So if you’ve got a OneDrive account, put that extra space to use by storing your encrypted Arq backups there! Arq backs up whatever files you want, encrypts the data to maintain your privacy, and stores it directly in your OneDrive account.

As always, all your data are encrypted before they leave your computer, using a password that only you know, so your files are safe and secure; and the backups are in an account that you control. All the other features of Arq apply as well, including versioned backups, full OS X metadata backups, email notifications, and the ability to restrict which wifi networks Arq uses.

OneDrive integration is a free update for Arq 4 customers. Just pick “Check for Updates” from Arq’s menu to install the update. Or download it from here.

Backup to Google Cloud Storage Nearline


March 18th, 2015

Before you connect Arq to Google Cloud Storage, you’ll need to set up your Google Cloud Storage “project” and billing info. Arq’s help has a page explaining that.

If you’re setting up Arq for the first time, it asks you to choose a destination and enter credentials. Choose “Google Could Storage”:

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Click the “Log Into Google Cloud Storage” button and enter your Google credentials.

Next, enter your Google Cloud Storage project’s project number. If you haven’t set up a Google Cloud Storage project and billing for your Google Cloud Storage, click the question-mark icon and Arq’s help page will appear with step-by-step instructions on setting everything up at Google:

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The project number is shown on the project overview page in the Google Developers Console

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Choosing What to Back Up

If this is the first time you’re adding a destination to Arq, you’ll get a window like this:

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Click on “Set Up Backups”. Arq will configure itself to back up your home folder. You’ll be prompted to choose your encryption password. Once you’ve done that, you can quit Arq. Arq Agent does the backup work in the background.

Adding a Second Destination

If you’ve already got 1 destination and you’re adding Google Nearline as a second destination, you’ll be asked more questions. Instead of automatically creating a bucket for you, Arq will ask which bucket you would like to use. Choose to create a bucket, and check the “Use nearline storage” option and click Continue:

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Once you’ve added the destination, pick “Add Home Folder to Backups” from Arq’s menu (or, to add other folders, choose “Add Folder to Backups” and select a folder). Arq will ask which destination you’d like to add the home folder to. Choose your new Google Cloud Storage destination:

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You’ll be prompted to choose your encryption password. Once you’ve done that, you can quit Arq. Arq Agent does the backup work in the background.

As always, if you have questions, please send mail to and we’ll help you out.

- Stefan

Arq Backs Up to Google Cloud Storage Nearline!


March 14th, 2015

Arq 4.10 is now available, and it includes support for backing up to Google’s just-announced “nearline” storage!

Google Cloud Storage Nearline

Google’s new nearline storage is excellent for backups. Nearline pricing is super-cheap, like Amazon’s Glacier, but without Glacier’s hassles and confusing restore fee structure. Uploading is free. Downloading (if you need to restore) is $.12/GB for data transfer plus $.01/GB nearline-retrieval fee.

If you’re already paying for a Dropbox or Google Drive account with lots of storage, you can use Arq to back up to that storage. But if you want to only pay for what you use, Google Cloud Storage Nearline seems just about perfect. 

Download Arq from here (free trial), or pick “Check for Updates” from Arq’s menu to get the update (it’s a free update for all Arq 4 customers).

Where’s the Export My Stuff button in this app?


March 4th, 2015

I’d love to use a note-taking app instead of the plain text files I’ve been using for years. I’d love the multimedia features, the searching. But every time I hear of a great one, I hesitate before jumping in. I wonder what’ll happen to the notes I create. I look for an Export button, but don’t find one.

Why does the stuff I create have to be trapped in the app? It’s my stuff, right?

Companies are, wittingly or unwittingly, offering to become stewards of my data. That’s a big responsibility. And companies don’t seem to take it very seriously.

Woven was a “free photo viewing app” with a home page that said, “Your photos may live in many places, but they only have one home.” That was last year. Now the home page is a big thank-you to their users and oh, by the way, “After April 6th, we will delete all of your personal data, photos, and videos.” If you missed this notification, or if you don’t follow the steps they outlined to request and then download your data, by the deadline, your stuff will be gone forever.

Last night at TechHub Boston the folks from HeyNow previewed their new chat app. It looked very nice. But they only store the past 30 days of chats; everything is deleted after 30 days. They said it was “impossible” (from a UI perspective I guess) to navigate conversations that were more than 30 days old. I don’t know what that means, but if the data were still available I imagine a UI could be created to make it more possible. I occasionally reference emails from years ago. As communication moves from email to chat, will I lose that ability?

I understand it’s much more convenient for the stuff I create to be stored in the cloud. It just isn’t a good permanent solution, especially if it’s someone else’s cloud. It’s not realistic for a company to promise to be responsible for my stuff forever. Companies come and go, and change. Just give me an Export button for my stuff and we’re good.