I wish I had switched from Carbonite sooner

I was happy with Crashplan back in the day, and when they sold/switched me to Carbonite, I didn’t particularly mind. I’ve had two successful restores after hard drives died… the first was stressful but everything went fine, which was a huge relief. When I fried my drives a few weeks ago (remember kids, don’t use cables from an old PSU with a new PSU…), I was confident my data would be restored without any trouble.

What I didn’t know was that Carbonite is now throttling transfer speeds. I have ~650gb and it took almost 3 weeks to restore. I started looking for an alternative a week ago, and when the restore finished last night, I killed Carbonite and installed Backblaze.

My upload speed isn’t that fast, but it’s 10x faster than Carbonite’s throttled download speed. About 90gb uploaded overnight, and I’m optimistic that Backblaze will be done in a few days.

I also really like how much more secure Backblaze is. I’ve encrypted my backup, and setup 2FA with no fallback to SMS.

The timing is perfect because my Carbonite subscription renews in 9 days. As soon as I can confirm that Backblaze has my data, I can cancel Carbonite.

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