Photographers’ PSA: CrashPlan Terminating Home Backups


CrashPlan for Home – the popular consumer online backup service offered by Code42 – is being discontinued. As of Tuesday, Code42 announced that it will no longer offer CrashPlan for home subscriptions, as it is moving its focus to small business and enterprise customers.

Code42 Ends CrashPlan For Home Subscriptions
Announcement from Code42 ending their CrashPlan for Home offering

What This Means For Photographers

Many photographers rely on an online backup service as part of their workflow. CrashPlan for Home was a popular service that easily and conveniently backed up data without too much ongoing thought – allowing you to get on with capturing your images!

CrashPlan May No Longer Be a Cost Effective Option for Many Photographers

The sad thing is that the CrashPlan for Home option was probably one of the better online backup options for photographers. The demise of the plan means less competition which is usually a bad state of affairs for consumers. While the business plan still exists on CrashPlan, it is significantly more expensive than the CrashPlan for Home plan.

Photographers on CrashPlan for Home Need to Make Other Arrangements

Users have until October 2018 to move to another backup service. Code42 are providing discounted options including transferring to CrashPlan for Small Business or taking up a discounted subscription with Carbonite, though there are several other options on the market that you may want to take a look at (see below).

Options for CrashPlan for Home Customers

Big CrashPlan for Home Users Might Have Problems

Over on Reddit a few of the photographers in the community who were heavy CrashPlan users and were above 5 terabytes of backups are reporting a few problems in moving their files. If you fall into that category, you might want to contact the company directly prior to making other arrangements.

Also, depending on the size of your backup, sending it all up the pipes to a new service might take you quite a while.

Other Online Backup Services

Depending on your level of technical know-how, there are various options on the market for backing up your files. Here are a few of the most popular ones.

Carbonite – The folks at CrashPlan are pushing these guys as an alternative. However, they do charge extra to back up external drives.

Arq + Amazon Glacier – This is actually 2 services. The very cheap storage at Amazon AWS (Glacier) in combination with a desktop app to manage your backups called, Arqbackup. Just remember that while this is cheap for storage, getting it back in the event of a crash of your system can be expensive (this is where Amazon pings you).

BackBlaze – Seems to be the most popular alternative to CrashPlan, but file retention is only 30 days meaning you need to make sure all of your local files are connected to BB every 30 days or you can lose them.

What Backup System Do You Use? Tell us in the comments!

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NEVER really liked CrashPlan. Gave it a trial run and it was just awful and had a bear of a time removing it from my Mac. I use, much much better backup option.

I’m checking out iDrive now (not associated with Apple). $6.95 for the first year for 2TB or $9.95 for the first year for 5TB. After that it’s 69.95/99.95 per year respectively.

Unlimited computers/mobile devices, just goes against that 2TB/5TB storage limits.

If you don’t mind updating your workflow, you could use Microsoft OneDrive. I have MBP and iMac, and I’ve defined a shared OneDrive shareable on both. I take all my photos in through a combo of Photo Mechanic 5 / Lightroom on MBP, and let everything sync to iMac via OneDrive. That way the shoot is in the cloud right away, and ready for editing back home. Only annoyance is the multiple sync after multiple edits, I usually turn off OneDrive sync until I’m done editing for the day and save the multiple updates.

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