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Get a 1-year CrashPlan+ subscription for $39.99

Normally $49.99, this automated backup service affords unlimited space for your stuff. That makes it a better pick than Mozy or Carbonite.

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And the moral of the story is, even if an item sells out early, don't give up. Sometimes the vendor releases more inventory, as happened yesterday with the Acer Aconia A200 tablet (which, incidentally, is still available as of this morning!).

Anyway, today I bring you something that can't possibly sell out: a 1-year CrashPlan+ subscription for $39.99. Regular price: $49.99.

CrashPlan is an automated backup service similar to Mozy and Carbonite. It works in the background, archiving all your stuff to the cloud, local drives, or a friend's PC.

In other words, you set it and forget it. If you do need access to your files, you can grab them via a Web browser or your mobile phone. CrashPlan's software and apps are compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

Although $39.99 per year may seem a little steep, that's only $3.33 per month -- and can you really put a price on your data? What's more, Carbonite charges $59 per year, while Mozy will set you back $71.88 (for just 50GB of online storage; Carbonite and CrashPlan give you unlimited space).

Also, as part of this promotion, you can get two years of CrashPlan for $71.99, or just $3 per month. That's a pretty decent savings on a backup service that's widely regarded as one of the best.

This back-to-school-oriented deal runs until September 8, meaning you can take advantage of the free 30-day trial for the next week or so and decide if you like the service before pulling the trigger on a subscription.


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