How To Back Up Your Files Now That CrashPlan Isn't An Option 

Yesterday, one of the best cloud backup services, CrashPlan, announced it was ending support for consumers. CrashPlan for Home will be put to rest on 23 October 2018. While the option to sign up for or renew your CrashPlan for Home subscription is gone, current CrashPlan for Home users will receive an extra 60 days of backup service gratis.

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CrashPlan Dumps Home Backup Plans

One of the best uses for cloud storage is offsite backups. I don't mean file syncing but real backups you can use to restore entire systems or applications. CrashPlan has, until now, offered some solid options for home and SMB users, But CrashPlan's owner, Code42, has announced that CrashPlan for Home will shut down on 23 October 2018.

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With one of the best cloud backup services ending its consumer support, you might feel a bit worried about where you'll store your computer's important files in case disaster strikes. Lucky for you, there are quite a few replacement options that offer similar features at competitive prices (or you can build your own on the cheap).

Pick a Different Service

While CrashPlan suggests you move your data to Carbonite, another cloud backup service, there are a few more options to consider before you jump ship. Backup services offer different pricing tiers, employ differing backup methods (some sync continuously while others sync once per day), and may or may not back up your external drives.

Carbonite is a decent replacement, and recently added two-factor authentication to further secure your personal data. Unfortunately, it makes you manually select your files and folders you'd like to back up. In addition, backing up music files requires a paid subscription. Video files requires a paid Personal Plus or Personal Prime subscription. Files larger than 4GB require you to manually add them to your list of files to back up.

Carbonite may be too restrictive for some users looking for a more seamless experience, whether for them or a loved one. There's always Backblaze, another top-tier cloud backup service. While CrashPlan was our backup service of choice, Backblaze was a close second, and was easier to use thanks to its simple installation process and default option to backup everything on your computer. It also backs up external drives, and doesn't care about file sizes.

Choose Your Own Backup Service

Users who want to exercise a bit more control over their backup service can build their own with a combination of the right cloud backup software and cloud storage service. Cloud backup software such as Arq operates in the same manner as CrashPlan and Backblaze, storing your files securely in an offsite location.

Arq can backup your entire computer or just select folders. It backs up network drives, external drives, and files of any size, and stores your data in whichever cloud storage service you choose, whether it be from Google, Amazon, Microsoft or whomever. You can even store the data on your own server or NAS, though keeping a backup of your data in another location (such as an offsite server) is recommended. You'll have to pay for the cloud storage on whichever platform you choose, but Arq's $US50 ($63) one-time purchase price and the ability to only pay for as much data you need could save you money in the long-term.

In Case of Emergency

You should absolutely have a backup plan in place in case your PC or Mac goes on the fritz. Employing an actual cloud backup service would have saved me an entire weekend of agony after my PC refused to boot. On the other hand, you might not have the time or money to purchase one.

You can keep your data offsite on the cheap with cloud storage services such as Google Backup & Sync or Dropbox. With Google's offering, you can choose which folders on your computer you'd like to sync to your Google Drive. It shouldn't be your only offsite backup, but if you're in a bind and need to put your data somewhere, it will function well enough until you decide to purchase an actual cloud backup service.

Don't want to leave CrashPlan? Well you don't have to, according to The Next Web. You can sign up for CrashPlan for Small Business, which will run you $US10 ($13) per month. Current CrashPlan users can sign up and receive a 75 per cent discount for the first year, and you won't be charged until your existing Home subscription ends.

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    Moving to the small-business version of Crashplan is quite cheap. If you've got more than a TB of files then Carbonite was very expensive.

      If by quite cheap you mean twice what you used to pay and it's only that cheap if you only have one PC and aren't using the machine to machine backup available in the home version and not available in the business plan

        I am paying US$60 pa until middle of next year and for the year after that I'll be paying $US30. Anything after that is "maybe we'll see" in terms of cloud backups as I don't see this as a stable industry. Anyone signing up for lifetime deals is insane.

        And yes I am using just one PC as I get everyone in the house to use a file server for stuff not handled by their personal cloud storage, and my single PC backs up my mapped drives, thereby eliminating need for machine to machine.

        With multiple TB of data, Carbonite doesn't offer a remotely comparable deal.

    There are two things alternatives to Crashplan don't do well for any decent sized backups. Linux and family plans. There are also some dubious retention policies out thrre. As much as I'm pi$$ed about crashplan whom didn't even email me (found out online), even their small biz plan is cheaper than the alternatives for me. And I REALLY want to not go with crashplan after their shenanigans. But backblaze support is avoiding my questions instead pointing me at their B2 plan for linux, which works out extremely expensive as it's priced like Amazon and you have to pay for restores. Crashplan's linux client was really good, clearly they have a lot of linux customers but the alternatives are wanting if you have reasonable amount of data. And let's be honest, these days, who doesn't?

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