Sure I backed it up…

Jun 24, 2009 | Tech News

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Crashplan is a great execution of an idea that has been knocking around for years and has surprised me that no one has executed on it as a business proposition until now.

Here’s the deal. Unfortunately hard disks are not made of magic. They’re made of spinning magnetic disks, electrical components…and magic. Like everything else in this world, one day your disk WILL fail and there’s a pretty good chance that everything on it will disappear with a click and a whimper. Of course we all make daily backups that are backed up to multiple underground locations in case of geographic catastrophe or electrical magnetic pulse so there’s nothing to worry about….

Everyone talks about backups but only the most compulsive of us deal with it. It’s hard to do, expensive and just not fun.

This is where Crashplan comes in. If you’re a self respecting geek you probably have hundreds of Gigabytes of hard disk storage lying fallow as you await the day where you decide to download the entire interwebs for kicks. Disk storage is cheap and there’s more and more media to consume, but most people have a lot to spare. Crashplan lets you and your friends take advantage of the unused space on each others hard drives to store backups of your data. The likelihood of all your friends hard drives crashing at the same time is relatively unlikely so by distributing data across the group everyone should be safe. To prevent your best friend sneaking a peek at saucy holiday snaps, all data is 128 bit encrypted which means that unless they work for the NSA they won’t be able to see a thing. It’ll just be a blob of data sitting on their hard disk.

Crashplan works in the background pushing the data to the friends you specify and you pretty much forget about it. They offer a free service that will manage up to 50 gig and have a variety of pay for services that will enable you to store on their central servers or make faster restore and backups (essential if you’re a small business).

Crashplan works on a variety of platforms and I’m planning on giving it a whirl with William soon. Check it out and give yourself a little more peace of mind before the magic ends.

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  1. Jun 25, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Omar Shahine says:

    Wow, this looks promising. I hope it supports Windows Home Server.

  2. Jun 25, 2009 at 2:42 am

    adam says:

    Thanks for the shoutout Omar! I can’t tell you how many times I heard this idea floating around Microsoft but never got the support from a business perspective. Maybe this will help popularize it again, it’s a no brainer from a windows services pov if you ask me…

  3. Jun 25, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Neal Freeland says:

    That’s very cool, and very in line with the sharing ethos of the internet.

    Now just let me add it to my to do list and maybe I’ll eventually get around to signing my family up for it.

  4. Jun 25, 2009 at 6:18 am

    adam says:

    I think it has potential with the freemium model and the upsell to faster backup / restore and larger storage options as well as the centralized service. Will be giving it a test run too!

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