20 Billion Files Restored

On September 1st we asked you to predict when Backblaze would reach our 20 Billion Files Restored mark. We had a ton of entrants!! Over two thousand people hazarded a guess. It is our pleasure to announce that we’ve finally hit that milestone, and along with it, we’re announcing the winners of our contest. Before….


Backblaze Restore Rename & Downloader Update

The latest Backblaze Personal Backup enhancement centers around our free web restore process. Disaster recovery (when folks need to restore all of their data) is actually not the most common use of Backblaze restores. What’s more common? Small downloads of just a couple of files. Folks often find themselves either saving over a document or….


Joe Joins the Datacenter Team

The Backblaze datacenter team continues to expand and we have a new hire in Joe! Joe’s joining us as a Datacenter Site Manager and will be learning the ropes with our core datacenter team in Sacramento! He hails from a local alt-weekly newspaper and enjoys cycling, but lets learn a bit more about Joe shall….


Backup 101: iCloud Sync and Backblaze Backup

iCloud and Backblaze

Apple’s iCloud gives Mac and iPhone users an easy way to sync data between devices. Now more than ever Apple is blurring the line between sync and backup, but don’t mistake iCloud for a true backup solution like Backblaze. Let me say at the outset that this isn’t a warning against using iCloud. I use….


A History of Hard Drives

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the venerable Hard Disk Drive (HDD). While new computers increasingly turn to Solid State Disks (SSDs) for main storage, HDDs remain the champions of low-cost, high-capacity data storage. That’s a big reason why we still use them in our Storage Pods. Let’s take a spin the Wayback Machine and….


Hard Drive Stats for Q3 2016: Less is More

In our last report for Q2 2016, we counted 68,813 spinning hard drives in operation. For Q3 2016 we have 67,642 drives, or 1,171 fewer hard drives. Stop, put down that Twitter account, Backblaze is not shrinking. In fact, we’re growing very nicely and are approaching 300 petabytes of data under our management. We have….


Five Mistakes Everyone Makes With Cloud Backup

Five Mistakes Everyone Makes With Cloud Backup

Cloud-based storage and file sync services are ubiquitous: Everywhere we turn new services pop up (and often shut down), promising free or low-cost storage of everything and anything on our computers and mobile devices. When you depend on the cloud it’s very easy to get lulled into a false sense of security. Don’t. Here are….


True Tales of Data Loss Horror

Data Loss Horror Tales

Just in time for Halloween: Spooky stories to give you a fright! Nothing scares us at Backblaze like stories about people losing data. Here are true tales of data loss horror straight from our customers’ own mouths! “My wife had tons of pictures of our daughter when she was in the hospital and were kept….