Hi folks! Recently, someone asked about which of these two solutions people recommend. I need help as well.
I’m a blind user, which means I don’t store images or videos. Furthermore, I have MBP with 256 GB and 176 GB of them is free. ARQ offers interesting solution to back up to your cloud service of choice. However, I can’t find iCloud Drive in the list of supported providers?
My idea so long, purchase ARQ, expand iCloud Drive storage to 200 GB and store backup there. Maybe people have other recommendations for such workflow
iCloud doesn’t feel like the way to go here, even if were formally supported. iCloud (as we’re discussing it anyway) is a sync service, not a backup service - so it’s highly vulnerable to sync corruption and related issues.
That said, Arq supports Backblaze B2, which is kind of like a cheaper version of Amazon S3. Arq can manage the data archive and handle versioning and such, and you don’t have potential issues with sync.
For 100 gigabytes or so of backups you’d have a pretty small monthly bill - a buck or two, maximum.
As others have remarked, iCloud is a syncing service and not a backup service. Said another way, iCloud doesn’t provide a big bucket of bytes where you can store anything you want. That’s why it isn’t good for backup storage.
If only apple offered the ability to have at least 30 days of versioning (including retention of deleted files) on iCloud Drive, for this use case that could actually do the job to a reasonable level. I know that you can see history per file, but I can’t see a way that would allow you to recover from Ransomware (ie I want to restore everything as it was last Tuesday use case).
Backblaze is something I just don’t have to think about. I get an email from them every once in a while telling me the last time my two machines were backed up. A quick check and if they both say “Today” I know I’m good to go.
Every six months or so I check online to confirm my external drives are being backed up, and just generally check things. Maybe restore a few files.
It’s really the most hands off and reliable backup system I’ve used.
There is an option in Arqbackup to ‘Make last backup immutable for “X” days’. However your storage location needs to be set up with this option before your first backup. That wasn’t an option in Arq when I set up my backups, so for now my offline “drive on a shelf” backup is my ransomware insurance.