Search backed up files

By | November 8th, 2010

A brand new Mac computer has approximately 1 million files. When you’re trying to recover that one document you need after mistakenly clicking delete, it may be a bit daunting to find. With Backblaze, you could always browse through your online backup directories to find your file. However, we’ve just introduced something to make it….

Backing up photos while traveling – feedback

By | October 14th, 2010

Last week I wrote about the struggle I had backing up photos while on my honeymoon. I had a few thoughts for how I would solve the issue in the future, but did not find any ideal solutions and said I would update the blog post if anyone emailed me with good tips. With feedback….

Backing up photos while traveling

By | October 4th, 2010

Two weeks ago I returned from my honeymoon – a trip to Kenya that included an amazing safari. While the trip was incredibly relaxing, I was nervous until a few days after I returned home. You see, since this was a honeymoon, my wife made a firm request: no laptop. Checking email and doing work….

Access Backblaze files on your iPad

By | June 15th, 2010

Are you one of the several million people to have bought an iPad already? If so, you can now access your files backed up with Backblaze directly from your iPad. Since the iPad only handles a few filetypes by default (and can’t unzip packages or compressed files), get the excellent Good Reader application ($0.99) to….

Snow Leopard bug deletes data

By | October 12th, 2009

Have you upgraded to Snow Leopard? Users on Apple’s forums are reporting a bug that deletes all user data if someone mistakenly logs into the “Guest” account. This issue was originally reported about a month ago on Cnet’s MacFixIt but today is being mentioned across the web as more people are being bitten by the….

Backups in Baghdad: Protecting data around the world

By | August 24th, 2009

“Jason”, not his real name, is an electrical engineer contracting for the military. I wanted to share the comments and photos he sent us about his experience with Backblaze in Bagdad: My being here is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I don’t want something like a hard drive failure to sour it. My….

Causes of data loss and some statistics

By | June 19th, 2009

Nearly 1 of 2 people (46%) lose data every year according to a study of Backblaze customers. Shocking? It surprised me at first glance, but then I dug in deeper. Drive Failures According to a Google study of hard drive failures, disk drives over a year old have about a 1 in 10 chance of….

Have you been a data crisis counselor?

By | April 9th, 2009

Dan Tynan’s article “The 7 dirtiest jobs in IT” hit a nerve with many an IT worker, and Dan followed it up with, “Even dirtier IT jobs.” Number 6 on the list of the dirtiest jobs? Data crisis counselor. This is a person on the other end of the phone from “sobbing adults who’ve lost….