This is the beginning of a new article series here at we are going to cover individual backup features that are constantly advertised by online backup services and we will tell you what they mean, if you need them or not, and how useful they are in general. We will start our series with the term “file versioning.”

Do you remember your boss giving you a stupid task that you needed to complete by yesterday? Something along the lines: “I want this report to look pretty and also make a PowerPoint presentation out of it so that I can present it in our weekly meeting.”

You sit down, write the report, create a PowerPoint presentation and hand it over to your boss. He says he doesn’t like this, he doesn’t like the color and he doesn’t like the tone, so you have to redo the whole thing again. You go into your presentation, change all the things you need, save the document and hand it over to your boss. He seems to be satisfied. But, oh, how wrong one can be. An hour later, just before your shift is over, he enters your room and tells you that he likes the “previous version” better.

You can already see the problem here, right? Accidentally, you didn’t keep a copy of the original presentation and just saved over the old document. The problem is, now you have to redo the whole presentation again that may cost you two hours.

Let File Versioning Help You

That’s where file versioning comes in handy. If you are backed up with an online backup service and the service supports file versioning, you can just go back in time and select a previous version from your backups. Online backup services like Backblaze allow you to go back up to 30 days in the past. This gives you plenty of time to satisfy your boss’ escapades.

Look for an online backup service that offers file versioning

If you’re thinking about signing up for an online backup service, then you definitely have to make sure that it supports file versioning. You probably think: “well, I do not have a freaky boss.” But I can assure you it is not a question of “if” you will need file versioning, it’s “when.” We make it particularly easy to show if a provider supports file versioning: with our Online Backup Finder, you can compare up to five providers side-by-side. That way, you can easily see if file versioning is supported.


If you want to know more about online backup features, make sure you follow this series closely. In the next couple of weeks, we’re going to cover any online backup feature that we consider important.

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