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Been looking into a provider.
Anyone got good/bad things to say about these providers?
I'll be using the service more as a vault (external drive) for files (photos, music, some work and music making files/plugins etc) rather than a nightly backup kind of thing.
I will be using multiple (3 or 4) computers and mobile devices and also need to backup from external hard drives.
I'd initially signed up for JustCloud.com because of their VERY cheap prices but then bawked when I looked into how to setup backup from an external drive ... easy ... just pay an extra £40 a year! WHAT!?!
Did a bit of research and it seems that JustCloud/ZipCloud/MyPCBackup are all the same company and have initial cheap costs but then bulk on extra costs when you want to do things like backup external drives too.
It seems strange (almost suspicious) that some of the "cloud storage compare websites" seem to rank these three at the top of their lists. Makes me think that maybe these compare websites are maybe owned or created by the parent company. Hrmmm.
http://www.JustCloud.com free trial ran out.
They started offering a 25% discount whilst the trial was running.
On the last day or two before the trial run out they offered 50% discount.
When the trial was over a window popped up offering me a 60% discount.
When I went to uninstall their software from my computer a window popped up and they had decided to give me 1GB free.
if you want to access stuff than from your selections it seems only Bitcasa suits that, the others are just backups. If you want to retrieve a specific item you're kinda fucked. (I may be wrong here, please correct me if you know otherwise)
What is owncloud? they don't explain it very well.. Is it an opensource system to deploy your own cloud thing?
ownCloud is a free and open-source web application for data synchronization, file sharing, and cloud storage.
Frank Karlitschek, a KDE software developer, started developing ownCloud in January 2010, in order to provide a free software alternative to for-profit storage service providers. In contrast to commercial storage services, ownCloud can be installed on a private server at no additional cost.
There are desktop clients available for syncing data directly from PCs running Windows, Mac OS, or Linux as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. More importantly, stored data can be accessed using the ownCloud Web Frontend in any standards-compliant web browser. Any updates to files are pushed between all computers or mobile devices connected to a user's account.
Every time I hear "cloud" I think "fucking slow."
I'm using BackBlaze.. and while it works really nicely for the most part (retrieving files, set it and forget it) the one drawback is that it's brutally slow to backup and their little app ends up hogging every last bit of bandwidth in my house (making web browsing for anyone else while I'm backing up completely unusable).
I'm considering the following... do I really need my backups to be off-site? If my house burns down and my Time Machine gets roasted, don't I have bigger problems on my hands than losing a bunch of shitty Indesign files for clients that I'm never going to open again?
I use backblaze. It's mainly a backup system but it "does" have a way to access files although I wouldn't really consider it cloud access, like you can open a new Finder window and just drag and drop shit (maybe they have that option now though, I know they have a mobile app but it's a pain to go from a mobile device to a desktop).
Two issues (bmacneill stated one):
- It takes a LOOONG time to do the INITIAL backup. Took mine a month, it was just doing it at the wee hours at night, not during the day though (You 'can' have it do it all the time but like bmacneill said, it'll likely slow down bandwidth). I didn't notice a slowdown in my bandwidth though, even at night. Once it did the initial backup, it's literally set and forget. I don't notice when it backs up, I just know my files are there. I had a corrupt file and it had the last backup from 30 mins before. Good thing because Time Machine sucks balls. I think it backs up every time you make something or save something.
2. It DOESN"T backup NAS drives (External Drives that go thru WiFi). Only connected drives, thru FireWire, USB, etc.
I'm happy with BB. Personally, if you're looking for actual cloud storage, perhaps go with someone who has really EASY access to the files. Something like a DropBox-type app.
^ you can actually send them physical drives instead of trying to upload terbytes over broadband.
iam with Crashplan. Love it!
Still with Crashplan. Still love it!
Iam backing up on external drive AND in the cloud.
External drive is good for computer fuckups. Cloud is good for house on fire, theft, natural disaster... y'know
My net connection at home isn't fast enough to benefit in any way from crashplan etc so still have not implemented a solution.
I guess I could take Computers/HD's into work to do the first backups and any other major backups.
SkyDrive/OneDrive does the drick pretty good when you're on windows machines, also available for mac. 25GB free.
Apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone as well as integration to OSX and Windows 7+ (I think Vista also). Browser-based interface too, of course.
On desktop computers it just works like a dropbox folder. Always fast, stable and no server errors etc.
Before using Crashplan, i had 2 external HD
HD1 at home for backup
HD2 at work. I brought it home from time to time to update the backup. Every 2 or 3 months.
Having all your backup at the same place is useless.
Also, iam using Dropbox. This is the perfect tool to backup in real time and have access to your files from home and work.
Iam using it for almost all my stuff.
My computer could explode tomorrow and i would lose nothing. Iam ready! :D