June 18th, 2019

Replying to a tweet from @SaraSoueidan

I was using Backblaze but it slowed my Mac to a complete crawl (and their support is terrible) so I’m looking for a replacement now too.

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Nate Bolt

I’m under 2TB for critical things, so use Dropbox to keep those folders synced, and then time machine local external HD for the rest. Would prefer every last thing be backed up to das cloud, but this seems decent for now. Interested in other services too.

# Posted by Nate Bolt on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 1:44pm

Eric Eggert

I don’t have trouble with Backblaze. I have used Arq in the past to back up to Amazon S3. (Eventually replaced with Backblaze.) arqbackup.com

David Lewis

Interesting. I’ve been using it for years. Never noticed that. How did you track it down the Backblaze? Wondering if it’s a common issue and maybe I’m just not aware.

Jeff Chausse

I’ve had a great experience with Blackblaze, and the price is fantastic. I had to get a 4TB backup drive shipped to me once. Occasionally, the process will go nuts and need to be stopped, but it’s rare for me. Not doubting Jeremy’s experience, just offering another datapoint.


Jeremy - definitely not what we want to hear. If you can send us your ticket number we can at least look at the support interaction and try to train them up!

# Posted by Backblaze on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 2:27pm

kamal nasser 🦜

I use Arq. It doesn’t slow down my MacBook Pro like other backup apps (great!) but it also makes the fans spin at 100% every time it runs (loud and warm!) 😞

Jeremy Keith

Just getting through to support was a trial: even though I was already logged in, I was made to complete multiple dehumanising CAPCHAs just to file an issue. adactio.com/notes/15350


Understood. Should just be a one-time thing if it works correctly. We’ll have to check with our helpdesk provider!

# Posted by Backblaze on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 3:01pm

Eric Peacock

Backblaze works well for me. Might be: Captchas replicate when you have script blocking or ad blocking extensions. Also Backblaze (or any similar service) might bog down if scratch space or RAM is limited, or if disks are just very busy.


Anecdotal data point: I’m running Backblaze on my 10yo iMac and I haven’t noticed any slowness (y’know, apart from the slowness of having a 10yo computer 😆)

# Posted by Theresa on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 7:18pm

Wes Bos

Fwiw I’ve been on backblaze for years and it’s been amazing. Saved my butt a few times

# Posted by Wes Bos on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 10:36pm

Scott Mallinson

+1 for Backblaze. I used to use Crashplan until they removed their personal plan. I find Backblaze much quicker.


It’s still the best for like $5 a month. You can crank it on full for the first time, then set a cap of cpu % for background continuous backup. There was an update recently that had a hiccup. Otherwise, highly recommend #backblaze for all Mac devices.

# Posted by BillyO on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 7:58am


Former Backblaze user here. I switched to @jottacloud because it feels much safer having my data in Norway than in USA, plus they have a good family plan and some Dropbox-like functions.

# Posted by Eystein on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 8:32am


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