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Recommend a good cloud storage service?

  1. #1


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    Recommend a good cloud storage service?


    Hi all;

    I'm going to be upgrading to a new Windows 8 PC soon. My external hard drive is giving me problems for the 3rd time and I think I'll have to reformat it once again and lose some important files. Frankly I'm tired of this. I want to move to cloud storage and not worry about this kind of thing happening again.

    What is a good cloud storage service for backing up an entire computer reliably?

    Thank you!

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    Depends what files you actually want to back up.
    Personally i use a combination of Google Drive and Skydrive, both have free accounts but i pay for extra storage on both.

    There are loads more but it depends on what your needs are.
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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    SkyDrive is arguably the best choice, given that it's integrated with Windows 8. You can get an additional 100GB of storage for a rather modest annual fee (I believe $50). The only cloud based storage I use is SkyDrive - I have a 25GB account that was grandfathered when the default account size was adjusted. However, I also use Windows Phone 8, so I've a vested interest in the service.
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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    No such thing as 'good' cloud storage.

    I'd stay the hell away from it.

    Buy a new 2TB external drive, and backup there instead.

    I did/do.

    The cloud is NOT good. On several levels.

    I really doubt you'll se many of us 'old-timers' using it.
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    Hi Ark. Welcome to EightForums. Good to have you!

    I'm with Kat on this on this one. It'd be likely asking a perfect stranger to hold your wallet or purse while you went to the john. I'd advise to get a thumb drive or two. They are getting rather large and inexpensive. DVDs also.

    If you do decide on cloud, I wouldn't recommend storing sensitive personal files there. Hackers everywhere!
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by Ark View Post
    What is a good cloud storage service for backing up an entire computer reliably?

    Thank you!
    Do you really want to back up the "entire" computer, or just your data files? Trying to maintain entire backups of your OS and everything will take up lots more space and will take a lot longer to actually upload.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kebero View Post
    SkyDrive is arguably the best choice, given that it's integrated with Windows 8.
    With the integration of SkyDrive into Windows, it's certainly compelling. However, it does lack feature wise against some of the others out there. For example, revision history is limited to office docs, you cannot selectively choose what gets synced and what doesn't, you cannot throttle your bandwidth during the sync, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    No such thing as 'good' cloud storage.

    I'd stay the hell away from it.

    Buy a new 2TB external drive, and backup there instead.

    I did/do.

    The cloud is NOT good. On several levels.

    I really doubt you'll se many of us 'old-timers' using it.
    Just because you don't like to use the cloud, doesn't make it bad. Let's say that you backup to your external 2TB drive. Let's further assume your house burns to the ground. uh-oh...sure hope you had another recent copy of your data stored offsite somewhere.

    For those concerned about the security or privacy of their data in the cloud, use something like TrueCrypt or BoxCryptor to encrypt the contents of anything sensitive. It's arguably safer than just having your data stored in the clear on your local box. Let's say somebody breaks in and steals your computer. uh-oh...all of your data is available to the person who stole the computer.


    For me personally, I don't do "full backups" or store "most" of my data in the cloud. The reason being, my internet is limited to 2Mbps on my upload speeds and I would be uploading FOOOORRRREEEEEVVVVEERRRRRRR if I attempted to push it all up. And for those on cable modems and such at home, you know that when you max out your upload traffic, your downloads go to absolute crap.

    I utilize the cloud (in my case with Dropbox) to store files that both my wife and I need very easy access to. It makes it drop dead simple for her and I both to have access regardless of where we are. It also keeps multiple copies of these files in the event that something catastrophic were to happen to our computers. It's makes it simply to transfer files back and forth from work without having to carry around a USB key.

    I use dropbox to share files with a few guys that I used to work with. We are all systems admins, we have leared some neat tips and tricks over the years, so I have an "IT Sharing" folder that these friends have access to. We each contribute our own material to the folder and it's shared among all of us. We each have local copies synced to our dropbox folders when we are stuck without internet, so our documentation is there when we need it. In the event a friend goes crazy and blanks out the file and saves it, we have revision history and deleted items recovery.

    Obviously for sensitive material storage, use common sense. Don't store your usernames and passwords in a text file in the cloud. My wife and I share a KeePass database of usernames/passwords/logins for all types of stuff that we are registered to. Internet forums, banking information, sensitive job information.....all of the type of stuff that you might need in the terrible event that something tragic happened to your spouse. Obviously, protecting this information is of utmost importance. So, if a hacker were to try to gain access to my personal stuff they would have to
    1). Hack into my dropbox account and gain access to my files
    2). Crack the encryption of my TrueCrypt container to gain access to my KeePass database
    3). Crack the encryption of my KeePass database to actually gain access to the sensitive information.

    I personally feel that getting through #1, #2 and #3 above is far more unlikely than me dropping or losing a USB key that potentially contained my private information or data.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Cloud storage is interesting, and for non-sensitive files I'd probably go with SkyDrive if you're going to Windows 8 because it's integrated (though expect similar integration from Dropbox and others). The real win with SkyDrive is that Office 2013 integrates with it. We probably won't see Office integrating with Dropbox.

    I use dropbox now, and I like it a lot.. But i'm considering moving to SkyDrive. We'll see.

    The other thing to consider is a cloud backup system, like Carbonite or Backblaze. These are nice if you just want to backup, and maybe access files via web, but they aren't good if you want to sync files between work and home or laptop, etc..
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Just because you don't like to use the cloud, doesn't make it bad. Let's say that you backup to your external 2TB drive. Let's further assume your house burns to the ground. uh-oh...sure hope you had another recent copy of your data stored offsite somewhere.
    Yeah, more of that "I don't like something, so it's not good for anyone" mentality we see a lot of here. Many people seem to forget that their needs are not everyone elses. That their opinions are not everyone elses. That their likes and dislikes are not everyone elses.

    I'm probably guilty of that as well to some degree, but I have said repeatedly that it's fine to not like something, I just don't like it when people feel the need to justify their personal choices with made up facts.

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    For those concerned about the security or privacy of their data in the cloud, use something like TrueCrypt or BoxCryptor to encrypt the contents of anything sensitive. It's arguably safer than just having your data stored in the clear on your local box. Let's say somebody breaks in and steals your computer. uh-oh...all of your data is available to the person who stole the computer.
    You have to be very careful with TrueCrypt. You need a service that does block-level syncing, rather than file syncing, otherwise if you make one change it will re-upload the entire TrueCrypt volume (which could be quite large). I know DropBox does block-level, but I don't know about Backblaze or SkyDrive.

    Also, this means you need to install TrueCrypt on every system you want to access the data from, and you lose the ability to access it from the web.
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    Agree on being selective with respect to true crypt. My keepass is very small, so even if the entire file was synced it would not be an issue. I do not encrypt everything...as many things are simply not of a private or sensitive nature.

    And yes, using true crypt does mean having to have the software loaded, but like I said its only used for the sensitive stuff. I don't need it from everywhere at all times, I just need it to be there and secure.
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