tl:dr - Backblaze's unlimited online backup solution is the absolute best; set it, forget it whether you're at home or traveling as a media / content pro.
Backup is a pain. Anyone that has lost their work can recall that sting when a drive dies and your precious work, memories, or creativity disappear. The myriad solutions and their features can differ so much that I think most of us just bury our heads in the sand, cross our fingers, and hope for the best. The truth is, it doesn't need to be that difficult.
The holy grail is a set it and forget it solution that is always on and does what you need and expect - backs up your entire system intelligently in the backround, at all times.
Is Backblaze The One?
For the next year I'll be testing Backblaze in my particular use case as a traveling media professional. Your particular situation will vary, but really I think if the next 9 months hold out as well as the first 3 have, Backblaze will work for anyone.
In my case, I have a local USB key for storing my programming work which is light on data. But I need some help with the big stuff.
With ballooning format demands, everything from 96khz audio to 4K and even 8K video, the need to backup your content comes with a unique set of challenges. It doesn't make sense to spend hundreds for external SSD drives when I can spend $70 for unlimited storage with Backblaze.
I do have a spacious USB key that I have running with Bvckup. It's useful for when there's simply no internet access. But when traveling, it's not practical or economical to bring drives with you. Backblaze simplifies the whole thing for me so I can just focus on doing my thing.
So far so good!
So far in my 3 months of using the service I've found it to be awesome.
The program is incredibly simple; there are just enough options to be useful without being overwhelming. It runs in the background at all times and has somehow managed to backup a few hundred gigabytes of data without me noticing.
If I was at home with a stable internet connection at all times this review would be done. Backblaze works wonderfully at storing all of my drives. It does so intelligently, recognizing when I plug in different drives to the same port. This is useful when you're on a shoddy internet connection and don't want to waste time or spend money needlessly uploading data that's already been backed up.
What I'm keen to see is how the service fares and fits into my day to day workflow as I move around and have to deal with spotty or non-existent internet connections.
At $70 per year, or just under $6 per month this is a no brainer. If you have anything remotely important on your computer then do yourself a favor and sign up, download the app, and set it and forget it.
Let's check back in at the end of the year to see how things went. I'd say wish me luck but I don't think I'll be needing it!