First of all, I'm aware of threads like Comparison of backup tools.

With that in mind, I have a specific set of requirements for backup, and I was wondering which are the current options - the informations around are fragmented and confusing, especially considering that online drives are not backup solutions.

My requirements are the following:

  • be able to backup individual files (ie. no dejadup, thanks)
  • cloud storage (upload of an intermediate backup archive is not viable)
  • have a daemon running in the background, backing up at least at time intervals (optionally, having a continuous backup)
  • no need to setup a server
  • file versioning
  • ability to handle large data sets (number of files rather than space)
  • ability to backup drives that are not guaranteed to be mounted, without hassles


  • restore from the backup structure of a given point in time. this is different from restoring from the current backup tree, with the option of choosing older versions.
  • reporting

Price doesn't matter.

Excluded solutions:

  • JungleDisk was perfect, until the moment it's been discontinued.
  • SpiderOak is really badly coded; It has annoying bugs, and it hangs on large number of files. Also, if a drive is not mounted when SO starts, it won't be backed up.
  • Symform has a bug in the registration. Since you can't contact support without registering, it's completely useless.

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I don't know about minimal setup, but otherwise CrashPlan should meet your requirements. Actually CrashPlans setup is anything but minimal. :(

  • until now, Crashplan looks a viable choice. I've corrected the question as you pointed with a more appropriate wording (I didn't want to setup a server, essentially).
    – Marcus
    Jan 2, 2013 at 18:06
  • Note that Crashplan is also poorly coded, and will fill your root directory with backup files if you ever have a destination drive unmounted when it wants to write, or if you use an encrypted /home (it runs before you login and can mount /home). Avoid. Jan 2, 2013 at 21:19
  • @TomBrossman Does this hold even if home has been encrypted as part of the Ubuntu-installation? Jan 3, 2013 at 9:13
  • @Konstantin Correct. If you have an encrypted /home directory, you can't use Crashplan. You might try to fix the bug yourself, or come up with a workaround. It's a commercial product and other superior products exist so I went elsewhere. Jan 3, 2013 at 10:03
  • @TomBrossman can you elaborate on the superior products? That's what I'm actually looking for.
    – Marcus
    Jan 3, 2013 at 11:29

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