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01-05-2017, 12:39 PM
I'm a video editor working with Final Cut Pro on an iMac. I have a HUGE amount of files on my external drives, terabytes worth. I'm looking for an inexpensive and reliable provider of cloud storage. Even though I have two external backup drives, I'd feel safer having at least the most important of these files back-uped somewhere off-site. I tried Carbonite but they don't seem to play well with Macs. Any suggestions? How about Backblaze? Thanks.

01-05-2017, 03:05 PM
A warm welcome to Mac-Forums.

You obviously do, and must, have robust backups of everything "in house".

As regards Cloud storage, Backblaze is well thought of and been around a long time. I have no connections with the company, but I am impressed with their support and their quarterly posts on External Hard Drive (EHD) performances across all makes based on their experience with hundreds if not more EHDs.

I would certainly recommend them. If you go on their website, there is a great deal of info. If I recall correctly, they can send you an EHD for your first Backup (BU) if it it so large that it would consume your broadband and take weeks or more to upload.


01-05-2017, 03:49 PM
I agree with Ian's good advice about BackBlaze. However, if you have Terabytes of storage to upload to them it may take days or weeks to manually upload it - depending on your connection speed. Ian mentioned that BackBlaze will send an EHD to you where you can copy your data over using something like Carbon Copy Cloner and then send the EHD back to them. That is the way to go if you can afford the extra expense involved. They can do the same thing if you should ever need to restore your data.

01-05-2017, 05:03 PM
Great! Thanks for the info.

01-16-2017, 05:33 PM
FYI they do NOT send an external drive for your initial backup. You have to do the backup over the internet. Learned that the hard way, after purchasing it. Fortunately they are supposed to refund my money. Guess I'll keep searching for an inexpensive and convenient way to get done what I need to get done.

01-16-2017, 05:56 PM
That's good to know. I could have sworn that I read somewhere that it was possible to do the initial backup to a hard drive and send it to them.

01-16-2017, 06:06 PM
Thank you for this update.

I checked on their website and it appears that a 128GB SSD or 4TB External Hard Drive (EHD) is provided only for restoring your data from BackBlaze and not for uploading purposes as I stated. I think this is a change in policy from when I last investigated the options. I could have sworn that they used to do this.

I apologise for misleading you on this point. It is still an excellent company and service.


01-16-2017, 06:40 PM
That's too bad. I too was under the impression that you could forward your initial backup to them via an external hard drive. Trying to upload terabytes of data through an internet connection is ridiculous as it may take weeks to accomplish even with a fast connection. If you do find something that meets your needs, please let us know.