With the extended version history feature, you will be able to extend the historic 30 days of file retention to 1 year, or forever, as long as the account remains in good standing. Both the 30-day and 1-year version history are included for free with Backblaze's Personal Backup service, and Forever version history is available as an additional paid upgrade. If you stop paying for the Backblaze service, the data will be deleted from the account. This also includes external drives, when they are disconnected.
For more information about what Extended Version History is, as well as the differences between 30-day, 1-year, and Forever Version History, please see our Version History FAQ.
Setting up Extended Version History
Extended Version History can be purchased by selecting the "Upgrade" option from the "Overview" page of your account for a current license.
On the overview page, you will see your computers with the version history selected, 30-day by default.
You can click the upgrade link to change your version history.
Once you have selected the version history you would like, please click update. You will then be billed on the license type that is selected on the account.
The retention selection is per computer, so unless you enable the version history on every computer on the account, it will only be on the computer that you enable it on.
This option is not retroactive and will not bring back data that has already been removed from your online backup through the normal 30-day deletion. Any data that is currently in your online backup will be kept there according to the option you choose.
Please note: With Extended Version history, files removed over 30 days ago, or external drives disconnected for longer than 30 days will be retained on our servers; however, if files/drives have not been present for longer than 30 days they will not appear in your current backup view. You can adjust the date and time preferences in your View/Restore Files section to locate data that has been deleted, overwritten, or otherwise removed from the computer being backed up. Please reference the below guide on how to do so:
Restoring Deleted or Previous Versions of Files
Additionally: Extended Version History can only be enabled by upgrading an existing license. This option is not available at the time of purchasing your first license on a brand-new account.
For more information about Exenteded Version History, including pricing, please see the link below:
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