What's the best Online storage solution?

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  1. Discombobulate

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    Looking to store my pictures & video online as a back up.

    Anyone have any recommendations?

    Currently thinking about Google Drive and Sky Drive. Dropbox seems to be too expensive.

    Any free alternatives also appreciated.

    Main requirement is to have an easy way to bulk upload pics and videos. I have about 36gb.

    My pictures & video are mainly taken from a Canon along with 2 iPhones.
     
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  3. Discombobulate

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    That uses Google Drive for storage. I believe it gives 1gb free.

    I have about 36gb of videos an pics.
     
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  5. Discombobulate

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    Yes. Sorry. Happy to pay.

    I just mentioned it used Google Drive as that is one of the options I'm considering. Otherwise it's 1gb free.
     
  6. RajP

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    Well... I have all my photos and videos stored online with Carbonite and have 550GB stored... not had a issue with them!! You do pay but is pretty darn good..:thumbsup:
     
  7. Discombobulate

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    Thanks.

    Do you feel safe storing your data with these guys? I've never heard of them myself.

    What if they go under? Do you loose your data?

    I'm leaning towards Sky Drive which costs £16 per annum for 57GB storage. It can also be run on multiple machines.
     
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    Amazon provide it's registered customers with 5gb free -
    £6 per year for 20gb - £16 for 50gb - £32 for 100gb

    Other options for larger storage include 1000gb for £320

    I only just found out of this by accident the other day when I looked at my settings in 'my account'. Not used it yet so cant comment on how it works/how good it is.
     
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    that's interesting. Didn't realize they did storage (shoud've though as everyone seems to be at it. :D )
    Might give it a try.
     
  10. Mikebellows

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    Have you considered purchasing a NAS drive?

    Like this one...

    IOMEGA Home Media Network Hard Drive - 2TB, Black at cheap prices | Pcworld

    It will give you 2TB of storage - Fast transfer from PC and is accessible wherever you are via your own internet modem - A sort of personal cloud drive.

    I have just purchased one of these drives - Currently waiting for delivery - But I intend to use as backup and cloud drive for all my pictures.
     
  11. Discombobulate

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    I already have a server that I use for back ups.

    I'd like a back up off site/cloud based.

    I'm 99% sure I'll go with the sky drive option. For £16 a year it covers the capacity I need.
     
  12. Mikebellows

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    Do you have a specific need to back-up offsite?

    With the iomega drive, you can access your files from anywhere.
    You would be more in control of your own files.

    Plus you can use the drive to stream video - providing you have a TV that can accept streaming.

    Plenty of pluses - far outshine paying for webspace.

    For the price - This is an option worth considering.
     
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    Is the iomega drive a good one, or are there better out there?
     
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    Just insurance. It makes sense to have a back up of your critical data off site.
     
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    Not sure if it is the best or worst - But I do know that iomega is a decent manufacturer and the reviews are ok. Also the price is right for me - reduced from in-store price of £149.99 to £78.99 - Got to be worth a punt.

    This will not be my only storage device - It is purely back-up and for anywhere access - it ticks all the boxes for me.
     
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    It's a pretty good price for an external 2TB drive let alone a NAS :)
     
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    I know :thumbsup:
     
  18. bobbymax

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    Drifting slightly off topic...sorry,

    not very familiar with NAS Does one just connect this unit to a USB and just follow any instructions?
     
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    I think that you setup the Iomega via a network connection after installing it's software client on your PC - not via the USB...
     
  20. RajP

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    Carbonite are a very well known player in the online backup market and I have been using them for 5-6 years now. As they are storing everything in a cloud and go under, you will risk losing everything however you will already have your files on your PC so only thing lost will be the online backup. It is always advisable to have multiple backup layers. I have Carbonite which carries out instant backup and then I have 2 onsite backup too. One is my Dell Poweredge server which runs windows 2008 server takes weekly backups and a HP micro server which runs windows home server. The home server takes a weekly backup of my PC components deemed important and then that is also backed up onto my dell server. Robocopy is what I use to schedule all this.
     
  21. Discombobulate

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    Thanks RajP. Will look in to Carbonite a bit more. Their prices for one PC seem to be pretty good.

    Most of my data sits on a server at the moment. Is there a way of tricking it in to backing up other folders as you can do with Dropbox, SkyDrive, etc?
     
  22. RajP

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    Once you have installed Carbonite software on your pc, you simply right click on the folder to inform it to back it up... thats it.. you can do that to any folder.. though not to a networked folder.. these have to be physically mounted to your PC.. they do offer Network backup capability but this costs extra...
     
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    I also have used Carbonite for the last 3 years and have 160GB backed up.
    Beware of the small print which states at columes above 200GB, they throttle the amount you are allowed to backup to something likek 100kb/s.

    I also looked into crashplan which seems a bit cheaper than Carbonite but ran out of time before I had to renew Carbonite.
     
  24. RajP

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    That is a very good point.:thumbsup:.. I always make sure that I have multiple copies of my RAW files backed up both onsite and offsite and only then use the memory cards... and once backed up, I also always reformat the cards too.
     
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    I can recommend Crashplan

    I pay $5 a month and it's unlimited storage. Very easy to set up, just install the client and choose which folders to backup, when a new file is detected in those folders it runs in the background and uploads. I have nearly 300gb online with them and the initial upload took donkeys years (which is probably to do with my provider) but it's nice to have the security of everything up to date and off site with them.

    There are also iphone and ipad apps as well and you can view and download files from there. they offer a free trial so could be worth installing and giving a test run!
     
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    +1 for Crashplan - unlimited backup very easy to set up and runs in the background.
     
  27. RajP

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    Looks interesting... do they throttle the upload speed after something like what Carbonite do?? 200GB? I have a fairly fast internet connection so would consider having a second backup tool...
     
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    I went with Sky Drive in the end.

    57GB, Multiple Computers for £16 a year. Happy with that.
     
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    I do like the SkyDrive User interface..enjoy.
     
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    Another vote here for using a NAS. Also backup the NAS by using it in 2 disc raid mirroring and back that lot up to another external hard drive.

    Your 36gb is very little in real terms so online storage would be simple...BUT... you are handing over your data to someone else, and IMHO that's not the best thing to do.

    Research Synology and Qnap drives. Then a pocket 250gb drive to use as the final layer of protection and you're sorted.

    Pete.
     

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