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After investigating Box, Dropbox, Crashplan, Mozy, Carbonite, backblaze.com I'm struggling to find a service that offers all the following:

  • Backs up files to the cloud, that is accessible 24/7 on mobile and web
  • Can mail a bootable backup of your system on demand
  • Works with macs

Does any service like this exist?

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    "Can mail a bootable backup of your system on demand" What, exactly, do you mean by this?
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 23:57
  • @IconDaemon - Backblaze, for instance, will mail a HD containing your backup if you request one [at a cost, of course] - but it is not bootable as Backblaze doesn't backup the system itself, just your data.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 7:17

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My own solution to this problem, for both Macs here is

  • Local Time Machine backups, hourly, on-site

  • Backblaze once a night [best for my data plan]

That way, even if the building burns down, my maximum data loss is one day.
Backblaze is accessible from any web browser & files can be downloaded on demand; or if the data is huge, can be mailed on HD. It doesn't, however, contain the OS itself, only your data, prefs, settings etc.

Additionally, I swap out the Time Machine drives once a year, when I do any major upgrade - 10.10 to 10.11 etc.

I also make sure I have at least one clone of the current boot drive, though I don't keep it up to date on any regular basis. It will contain enough historical data - old installs I've lost the disks for, audio plugins where the authorisation site no longer exists, etc.

I also make sure to have Recovery Partitions on more than one drive.

A further step would be to have an additional Time Machine drive, which normally lives off-site.

I just checked - Backblaze is also available for iOS & Android - though it's not something I've ever really investigated.

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