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Arq Backup (Amazon, Google, Dropbox, etc. backup software) 40% off Black Friday - $29.99

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This is great software to use if you want to handle your own cloud backups for cheaper than the services (like CrashPlan) cost. You can hook it up to a variety of cloud storage providers, including Amazon Cloud Drive which is $60/year for unlimited.

More info: https://www.arqbackup.com/

Normal price $49.99, discounted 40% to $29.99

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Thanks didn't know about this. Looks great, bought lifetime
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Crashplan is just a better product... I'm bummed they haven't had any Black Friday deals... maybe cyber Monday.
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Crashplan is just a better product... I'm bummed they haven't had any Black Friday deals... maybe cyber Monday.
I just wish CP had better support for NASes - there seems to be a growing use case for this in general. Any/all devices that can point to a NAS for backup are configured that way, and the NAS backs everything up to the cloud. I had CP running this way on my ReadyNAS 204 (and prior to that the RN104) for a couple years, with lots of interim downtime due to CP breaking things on *every single upgrade* - it was the biggest PITA but when it worked it was golden. I never got to 'test' the full restore capability as I didn't suffer from any "disasters" (knock on wood) but I'm sure it would have been fine. My subscription is ending soon, and due to continued lack of support for anything besides desktops and laptops (mostly), I'm going to have to look for a different solution. I wouldn't be surprised if CP loses a good number of customers who were using their software in this manner...
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You can use Crashplan to back up to a variety of locations, including (e.g.) doing backups between family members. At the moment I am paying their annual fee, but that is because none of my family members has enough storage for my stuff.

And yes, you can encrypt your data so people at the other end cannot read it.
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You can back up nas devices. There's a decent blog on how to do it. Uses symlink:

How to use Crashplan to backup mapped drives in Windows
Posted by keith in Crashplan Backup
Having changing my environment I found my self moving from iSCSI to NFS and of course since NFS is a mapped drive, I found that Crashplan doesn't support mapped drives out of the box. To get around this I had to implement the fix below. This was something I found on the Crashplan website and wasn't easily accessible via a google search, so I'm re-posting it for anyone else who finds themselves in the same situation.

There are numerous guides on the internet but I found that none of them had all the required steps, at least not for me. I think the authors made some assumptions about user knowledge and system configurations that meant that their guides were not as universal as they intended. So my intention here is to create a comprehensive and fool-proof guide for all users. What follows has worked for me. Fingers crossed I don't miss out any critical steps. Thanks to Viktor on this forum for helping me finally figure out the complete process.

Before I continue please note that this is a guide for how to back up FROM a NAS to another destination using Crashplan. It may also facilitate backing up TO a NAS with CP, but I have not tested this.

It should be noted that the best solution to backing up FROM the NAS with CP is to install the CP headless client on the NAS. This means you don't' need a PC turned on all the time whilst the NAS is being backed up. However this is unsupported by CP and only works properly for NAS units with the right specification. In my case my DS413j was too underpowered to do the job I wanted with the large data sets I wanted to back up. Hence why I have moved to this approach (which is also unsupported by CP, but does seem to work).

And finally, I am using Windows 7 32bit. From what I have read this approach may not work with XP; I am not sure if it supports the mklink command that will be required. For XP I think you have to use the workaround proposed on the Crashplan Support site (although that is also not formally supported by CP)

So here goes

Decide which PC you will be using to manage the back ups. Ensure that the user account for that PC has a password. The steps that follow will NOT work if the PC's user account does not require a password. If your PC user account does not currently require a password then click Start and then the user icon at the top right of the pop up. Select "create a password for your account" and create your password.
Having created a password you will now be required to enter it every time you login to that PC. If you are the only user of that PC and don't wish to enter your password every time then follows these steps
Click Start and in the search box type "netplwiz"
Open the netplwiz application from the search results.
Untick the box for "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer".
Click OK
Now you need to make CP logon as with your PC user account rather than as SYSTEM. This step is omitted from most of the guides I have seen but is essential, and will only work if you have also done the previous steps.
Click Start and type services.msc in the search box.
Next perform the following;
Open the services application from the search results.
Scroll down to "Crashplan Backup Service" and right click and select "Properties"
Under the Logon tab, click the "This Account" radio button
Click Browse and enter your PC Username (eg Eric in my case) in the "Enter the object name to select" box. Click "Check Names" and then OK.
I now see ".\eric" in the "This Account" box. You should see ".\your username". Enter your PC user account password twice and select OK.
If you have followed all the previous steps you should now be prompted or given the opportunity to Restart the service. Do so.
Crashplan should now be running under your PC user account.
Now you are ready to create the "symbolic links" from a folder on your PC to a corresponding "share" on your NAS, prior to beginning backing up.
Create a folder anywhere on your PC that is convenient and give it a suitable name. You will need to create one folder for each "share" on your NAS that you want to back up. On my PC I have a data partition (D) on my primary drive (the one with the OS) and 2 other drives that are "spanned" to create a 6TB volume (F) that I use exclusively for backups from my NAS. Therefore I created my "symbolic link" folders in my data partition (D). As an example, I called one of them "DS1-photo" and its "path" is "D:\DS1-photo". I then created similar folders for my other NAS shares; media, video, music etc.
Open CP and then under Destinations select "Folders". Click Select and browse to one of the folders created above, eg D:\DS1-photo". Select and click OK. DO NOT CLOSE THE CP WINDOW!
Via Windows Explorer, return to the folder you just selected and delete it. Yes, I know this sounds weird but this is what all the guides say and it does work OK. Not sure what happens if you don't delete the folder at this stage, so its safest just to do as instructed.
Click Start and type "cmd". DO NOT CLICK ENTER! Right click on the CMD application in the results box and select "Run as Administrator". A black box window will open up.
Type the following, replacing my example folder, NAS name and share name with your own details: mklink /d d:\DS1-photo \\diskstation1\photo then click enter. You should get a reply that a symbolic link has been created between the chosen folder and the share on the NAS. In my example diskstaton1 is the name of my NAS and photo is the share on the NAS I am trying to back up.
Close the black window. Via Windows Explorer return to the location where you created and then deleted the folder (eg D:\DS1-photo"). It should have magically reappeared with a little arrow in the folder icon. If you double click on this folder you should now see the contents of the relevant share on your NAS; in my case my photos.
That is it, all done! Repeat steps 5-10 for each share on your NAS that you want to back up.
Now in Crashplan you just use this folder as a SOURCE (even though you just created it as a destination) and backup to wherever you want, as for any other source folder
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Lifetime means $29.99 per year?

Is there any plan where I do not have to pay yearly?
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Lifetime means $29.99 per year?

Is there any plan where I do not have to pay yearly?
They have a box right there at checkout for lifetime upgrade.

You still need to have Amazon drive(or a storage provider) to use this, ARQ is just the software.

I've been using since September and like it. The dev is very responsive. I can email him to join this thread if there's interest.
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Guys this is a GREAT product. I've been using to for over a year now with Amazon unlimited cloud drive and keep all my pictures and video backed up to the cloud. About 6TB. The beauty of it is that is also encrypted. I do gave gigabit internet at home so that helps as well.
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Maybe I'm not seeing it, but how is this a cheaper alternative to CrashPlan?

CrashPlan is $60/yr for unlimited backup (per PC).

This software is per computer and I have to pay $30/yr just for it (or $60 lifetime), plus another $60/yr for Amazon drive.
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Maybe I'm not seeing it, but how is this a cheaper alternative to CrashPlan?

CrashPlan is $60/yr for unlimited backup (per PC).

This software is per computer and I have to pay $30/yr just for it (or $60 lifetime), plus another $60/yr for Amazon drive.
This software is per-user, not computer. So you buy Arq once and then it's $60/year for Amazon Cloud Drive for unlimited machines. The lifetime license just gets you updates for life (without it you'd get updates until the next major verison, probably 2018 or later)
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Thanks for the clarification on the seat licensing- it looks like they changed that this release.

I guess it would be cheaper if you have multiple computers to backup. Up to 10 computers is $150/yr on CrashPlan. 1 computer I would think is still cheaper on CrashPlan factoring in the software costs.
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Arq is perfect for Amazon Cloud Drive. Aside from all the praise that it gets for syncing and encrypting, Arq also has no download limitations (unlike ACD's own desktop app). Perfect for anyone who likes to go nuts uploading multiple terabytes of stuff and downloading them later.
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Crashplan expired this week
No black friday or cyber monday code
Just tried free copy of Arq.
Faster Not Java.
No Performance impact on Mac
Backup up is streaming & screaming to Amazon cloud verses crashplans mosey along little doggie servers
Im in
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Sorry for nob question but can you upload and sync files other than photos & videos?
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