Backup software that doesn’t back up—by design

Update 2018-01-23: Arq support has announced the release of version 5.11 with background validation, obsoleting some of the concerns in this post. 😁 Further comments below.

Sorry for the clickbait headline, but this is important. As of this writing, I’m watching in horrified fascination as Arq Backup validates an 8.8 TB backup set on Amazon Cloud Drive. It started on March 6th at 02:00 and is not close to being finished. Arq has been validating for over 4 days(!) and probably won’t finish until the 7th day, when it will rest. 😏

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