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Old 13th April 2017, 4:04 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any recommendations as for storage of photos (and other documents if it supports it) to the cloud?

I was thinking Amazon Cloud... but reading up on crashplan and carbonite as well.

Curious to see how other people are thinking it. The biggest painpoint is uploading 1tb of photos onto the cloud... it'll likely take years!

Local and offsite physical media is all great but looking at how flooding and bushfires happen... it seems somewhat easy to have all of them wiped.
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Old 13th April 2017, 4:20 PM   #2
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I'm using carbonite, happy with it but i tend to only dribble in files overnight in my off-peak time via NBN without major urgency

You can do seeding via drive if needed

Heard good things about amazon too
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Old 13th April 2017, 9:08 PM   #3
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Do you really have 1TB of photos tho? :/ Cause it would more likely be like 10% of that number thats worth backing up And then it won't feel like such a chore to upload to the cloud.
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Old 21st April 2017, 4:04 PM   #4
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I'm using Dropbox for any photos taken within the last 12-18months. Then once I 'archive' them, I move them off the laptop SSD onto a small HDD which has a local and offside copy. I've got a couple of the HDDs around Australia as I've generally just bought a new HDD when it's time to archive. Not flawless, but minimises total loss.

And the photos I really like get uploaded to Flickr as well for sharing / display. (Half the time I end up showing friends my photos on my phone or someone else's computer /device and hence Flickr is pretty handy)
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Old 21st April 2017, 4:13 PM   #5
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I use Crashplan. Very happy with it. I'm not on the NBN yet, though, so it is very slow to upload a mass of data. I changed computers last year and my folder structure on the new one was different to the old so the process of verifying all of the files and effectively re-creating all of the links within the backup set took months. Literally months. I have about 900GB of stuff backed up in the cloud.

I also have a local portable HDD backup that I keep in my drawer at work and periodically bring home to back everything up, so wasn't concerned about the online backup taking so long, but it is a pest when I take a swag of pics and download them to my PC as the backup process can take a while. It'll be better when I get NBN.

I have actually had the situation a few years ago of my HDD failing and at that stage I had everything backed up to Crashplan but no local backup so whilst I was able to recover everything (phew!) it took ages to download it and I had to pay for some extra download from my ISP (currently have a 200GB plan). So, I now run a RAID HDD in my PC, plus a local portable HDD backup in conjunction with Crashplan.

Crashplan can be used for free to backup to another PC across a network or across the internet.

You used to be able to HDD seed the initial backup, and also order a HDD to restore from (for a fee), but they don't offer that service any more as there wasn't enough demand for it.
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Old 22nd April 2017, 11:02 PM   #6
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I'm backing up to backblaze, took a few months to back up 4TB of stuff, haven't had a need to restore yet, but their options look pretty good.
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Old 24th April 2017, 6:24 PM   #7
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I've been using Crashplan as well. Other than the slow upload speeds, it's been pretty good. Uploads topped out at around 10mbps if I recall correctly.

Restore speeds aren't great either, but I just spun up multiple instances to speed things up. Each instance was using 15-20mbps, so with 4 instances I was able to max out my connection.
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Old 24th April 2017, 7:44 PM   #8
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Carbonite looks good for straight forward backups - they have some special going for this month and you can get a 30% rebate via cash rewards

I am testing out Sync.com - mainly for the collaboration.
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Old 26th April 2017, 1:02 PM   #9
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Do you really have 1TB of photos tho? :/ Cause it would more likely be like 10% of that number thats worth backing up And then it won't feel like such a chore to upload to the cloud.
I have around 800gb. For example, I went to Taiwan and went to the zoo, shot about 2x 64gb cards worth of photos. That's obviously a lot of photos. But I've only gone through about 200 of the photos.

I once came back from holiday and put the files on an external hdd, which died, and I lost them.

So now I back them up into OneDrive (1TB of space) and then slowly delete the crappy ones as I get time.

I had around 600 photos from a trip to Japan which I eventually dwindled down to about 50 I kept.


Don't know if the same case for OP but that's my process. I don't like losing stuff
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Old 26th April 2017, 1:38 PM   #10
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I have mine backup to onedrive, with my Office 365 sub, I somehow managed to end up with 10Tb of space, so I dont think im going to run out anytime soon
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Old 26th April 2017, 2:53 PM   #11
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I have mine backup to onedrive, with my Office 365 sub, I somehow managed to end up with 10Tb of space, so I dont think im going to run out anytime soon
You might want to check that. It's been reduced to 1TB, unless you exceed 1TB, in which case it will end up in read-only mode.
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Old 26th April 2017, 4:06 PM   #12
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You might want to check that. It's been reduced to 1TB, unless you exceed 1TB, in which case it will end up in read-only mode.
your right, last time I checked it was still 10Tb, that was after they said they going to remove everyones extra storage
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Old 26th April 2017, 4:10 PM   #13
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Do you really have 1TB of photos tho? :/ Cause it would more likely be like 10% of that number thats worth backing up And then it won't feel like such a chore to upload to the cloud.
Yeah I would agree it's 10%. But especially for the earlier photos which are more about capturing moments than having a 'printable' photo, the random ones are as important. It's a good point though - I have never really thought about deleting photos.

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So now I back them up into OneDrive (1TB of space) and then slowly delete the crappy ones as I get time.

I had around 600 photos from a trip to Japan which I eventually dwindled down to about 50 I kept.

Don't know if the same case for OP but that's my process. I don't like losing stuff
How have you been finding OneDrive? Even the 5TB plan doesn't look incredibly unreasonable.
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Old 27th April 2017, 2:05 PM   #14
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I use onedrive as part of my 365 plan... works a treat.

I do wish it had some of the tagging ability of Google Photos though - so I could sort through them all easier.
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Old 27th April 2017, 2:18 PM   #15
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All my documents and photos are stored on my Linux server. I was thinking about just buying some extra dropbox storage, or buying a cheap VPS somewhere with a decent amount of storage.

Otherwise do these companies offer linux clients?
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