Installing your cloud backup service is very simple. I have listed the steps below, with screenshots from my own installation. The images have been cropped to remove unnecessary clutter that was on my desktop.

This is the Windows based software install for the Backblaze personal cloud backup service.

Data Center Contact

Once you have downloaded the installation file to the location of your choice, on your computer, and have clicked the software icon, the install wizard opens.

Here, you can see it is contacting the Backblaze datacenter to verify your account, and begin the analysis of your storage drives.

Analyzing Your Drive

In the next step, the software begins to analyze your drive, and indicates that all your personal data will be backed up.  Files include photos, music, documents, videos, and more.

Completed Installation

In the next step of the sequence, the install and analysis is completed, and the types and size of files that will be backed up are shown in the wizard. As you can see, I had close to 50,000 MB of data to backup.

At this point, you now have an icon in your system tray for quick access to the cloud backup control panel.

step 3 of cloud backup install

Backup In Progress

Next, the actual backup process begins, as your files are now being transferred to the cloud service.

Looking at mine, you'll note that I had a total of 84,784 files to backup. It's important to recognize that this is not necessarily a fast process.  Depending on the total number of files you have to backup, and your internet connection speed, this process could take several days.  My backup took about 36 hours total to complete. Once your initial backup is finished, additional backups are incremental, and will only take a short amount of time to conclude.

If you have to pause the backup, or lose your internet connection, it will pick back up where it left off.

Backup Complete

Once your backup is finished, the wizard informs you that you are backed up as of the current date and time. You'll also notice the number of files backed up, and that my schedule is set to continuous.

You can specify a different schedule, but I would recommend using continuous. It's as close to "set it and forget it" as you can get. At this point you're good to go.

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