Back Up Your Tax Data Before It’s Too Late

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Just filing taxes can be stressful enough. The last thing you need is a hassle with the IRS or your state’s Department of Revenue because you’ve lost or misplaced necessary paperwork. So how long should you keep your tax records? The IRS recommends you keep records for up to 7 years. Don’t let data insecurity […]

Don’t Get Trapped in iCloud

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Let me preface this with a bit of history: I’ve been using Macs for more than 30 years. I’ve seen an enormous amount of changes at Apple, and I’ve been using their online services since the AppleLink days (it was a pre-Internet dial-up service for Apple dealers and service people). Over the past few years […]

Backblaze Labs: The Future of DNA Storage

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Backblaze Labs – the data storage innovation branch of Backblaze – is proud to present to you its newest innovation, Backblaze DNA Storage. Most recently, Backblaze Labs designed Storage Pod 6.0 and built out our Vault infrastructure that powers Backblaze Personal Backup and B2 Cloud Storage. DNA Storage has long been in our sights and […]

Four Things To Do On World Backup Day

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Happy World Backup Day! Are you backed up? If not, you should be! And if you are backing up, now’s the time to check to make sure your backup is doing what it’s supposed to. On this day, we thought we’d offer a few backup pointers to make sure you’re on the right track. World […]

A Day in the Life of a Data Center

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Editor’s note: We’ve reposted this very popular 2016 blog entry because we often get questions about how Backblaze stores data, and we wanted to give you a look inside! A data center is part of the “cloud”; as in cloud backup, cloud storage, cloud computing, and so on. It is often where your data goes […]

APFS: What You Need To Know About Apple’s New File System

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Editor’s note: We posted this article originally in August 2016. We’ve since updated it with new information. APFS, or Apple File System, is one of the biggest changes coming to every new Apple device. It makes its public debut with the release of iOS 10.3, but it’s also coming to the Mac (in fact, it’s […]

How To Back Up Your Flickr Library

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Flickr is a popular photo blogging service used by pro and amateur photographers alike. Flickr helps you archive your photos in the cloud and share them publicly with others. What happens when Flickr is the only place you can find your photos, though? I hadn’t thought that much of that contingency. I’ve been a Flickr […]

How to securely recycle or dispose of your SSD

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Solid State Drives (SSDs) are fast and efficient. More new computers than ever come with them, and many of us have upgraded our existing PCs and Macs to them to get better performance or to replace dead or dying spinning hard drives. With prices dropping on larger SSDs, those of us who have outgrown our […]