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Anyone backing up their data online? #5273471 11/21/19 09:52 AM
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I traditionally have backed up my data to an external drive. I do this maybe once a year as the data doesn't change that often.I recently started to do a backup to my external HD and started to get all sorts of errors from the drive. Think it's on it's way out (its a good 10 years old so that doesn't surprise me). I'll probably by another external HD but started to think about using an online backup service in addition to an external HD. Most of these are paid service for the amount of storage I would need (320 GB). Was curious if anyone here was using this type of service and what they were using. Doing a quick Google search, iDrive comes up as a popular recommendation.

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Re: Anyone backing up their data online? [Re: gonefishing] #5273479 11/21/19 10:04 AM
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I have way too much data to do an online backup. I use a local external hard drive, in addition to my RAID setup


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Re: Anyone backing up their data online? [Re: gonefishing] #5273485 11/21/19 10:11 AM
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I have Office365 and I back up all my computer stuff to OneDrive, I get 1TB with my subscription level. I don't buy O365 primarily for the storage, rather primarily for Exchange Online and SharePoint, but the OneDrive storage is a nice add-on that comes with it.

I also have a 100GB subscription to Google and I put all my photos from my Android phone there at full resolution.

External hard drives for the sole purpose of backups for me are a waste of time, I can never match the scale or redundancy of a major cloud provider. I would only use one if I needed to take files somewhere where there wasn't going to be Internet access. But that need can normally be met by a thumb drive. I do own an external SSD but I don't use it that much.

If you get another external hard drive be sure to get an SSD. No spinning parts, and the less you read and write from it, the longer it lasts.


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Re: Anyone backing up their data online? [Re: gonefishing] #5273497 11/21/19 10:24 AM
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Carbonite here.


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Re: Anyone backing up their data online? [Re: gonefishing] #5273498 11/21/19 10:24 AM
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I've used Dropbox for years. Works seamlessly.


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Re: Anyone backing up their data online? [Re: gonefishing] #5273534 11/21/19 11:06 AM
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3-2-1 rule. Always. 3 copies of data. 2 onsite, 1 in the cloud. In day-to-day practice I only keep the really important stuff in the cloud, encrypted. I have working copies on my working machine(s) (synced between 2 laptops) and a weekly backup on a USB drive that I disconnect both from data and power in between backups.

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Sorta. I just signed up for iCloud at 50GB (?) and am still in the process of moving stuff over. I am hoping it will fit in there, I haven't look at what is on my laptop yet but I suspect it'd fit with ease.

For years I wasn't sure how to do backups, you get CD's floating around, one each month, or DVD's, or thumbdrives. Maybe I should go to a RAID setup with dual copies... Eventually it dawned on me that I had little data by today's standards, and so using a cheap cloud service would be easy and fast.


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Re: Anyone backing up their data online? [Re: gonefishing] #5273577 11/21/19 11:47 AM
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Always keep a local backup, because restoring from the cloud takes a very long time. Cloud is fine for a few files or when there is no other alternative.

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I had one external drive fail and one that looks to be on the way out (takes a really long time to spin up). After doing some research it seems to be caused by the enclosures, so no more external drives for me as main backups. My current computer case can accommodate six 3.5 inch drives, so that's where my backup drives are now.

If you don't have a computer case that can accommodate multiple drives, there are HDD docks that can copy or clone drives, even without the need to be connected to a computer. Afterward you can remove the drive and store it.

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Re: Anyone backing up their data online? [Re: gonefishing] #5273607 11/21/19 12:21 PM
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No. I also use an external hard drive. Just wish it were usb 3 and not usb 2.

Re: Anyone backing up their data online? [Re: gonefishing] #5273634 11/21/19 12:48 PM
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Google drive $2 a month for 100GB. I wouldn't depend on a local backup if you are prone to natural disasters. And then, if your house burns down, your still screwed.

Re: Anyone backing up their data online? [Re: gonefishing] #5273645 11/21/19 12:59 PM
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I have 1TB of OneDrive with my office subscription. I use about 5% of it.


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Re: Anyone backing up their data online? [Re: uc50ic4more] #5273649 11/21/19 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by uc50ic4more
3-2-1 rule. Always. 3 copies of data. 2 onsite, 1 in the cloud. In day-to-day practice I only keep the really important stuff in the cloud, encrypted. I have working copies on my working machine(s) (synced between 2 laptops) and a weekly backup on a USB drive that I disconnect both from data and power in between backups.

Sounds like good common sense. So, redundancy is still a recommended practice even with cloud back up??

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With this post I realized that I haven't used a computer in a long time. Everything is done with my cell phone with all the files stored on Google drive.

Re: Anyone backing up their data online? [Re: gonefishing] #5273745 11/21/19 03:06 PM
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Cloud is not 100% safe either, after all it is still servers and a bunch of spinning HDDs that can fail. Yes, there are redundancies built in, but failures and outages still can happen. Plus there is always a risk of security breaches which is probably far greater than data loss, but could be far more damaging if one has sensitive data stored on cloud.

I would also presume that a consumer cloud account probably doesnt have the same safety nets as a business or corporate one.

According to this article, data loss is up 400% since 2012 and that article is from 2017 and talks only about enterprise level.

http://bsf.co.za/the-global-cost-of-data-loss/


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