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Google Drive triples free storage to 15GB

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    Quote Originally Posted by fourthofjuly View Post
    Cloud storage is a good concept if you know how to use it. It is designed for people on the go who needs access to work related files. Although it can be used for personal backup storage, the possiblity of someone having problems with it is greater that the possibility of your house getting burned down to the ground.
    Well, with most cloud storage, it's a sync between your computer and the cloud. So, even if the cloud provider had a problem, you most likely do have the files.

    As far as loss of data goes, sure a house fire is rare. Break-ins are rare, drive failures are rare, floods are rare...but they all happen. Far too many people never back up the data and just assume the power button press will boot up their computer every time. For these types, cloud storage is a saving grace because it's automatic.

    Quote Originally Posted by fourthofjuly View Post
    I have a safety desposit box in the bank and I can keep hard drives in there if I want to. But I don't see the need why I should. But I would definitely not take a chance with the cloud.
    I keep a copy of my important data off site. Things like scanned receipts, warranty information, digital pictures, etc. My wife would want to kill me if I lost all of our pictures, the pictures of the kids, etc. So, why not keep a hard drive or two somewhere else with recent copies of this important data. With robocopy, my sync jobs run in about 2 minutes. At most, I've lost a handful of pictures taken since the last backup. I just keep my offsite drives in my desk at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fourthofjuly View Post
    Cloud storage is a good concept if you know how to use it. It is designed for people on the go who needs access to work related files. Although it can be used for personal backup storage, the possiblity of someone having problems with it is greater that the possibility of your house getting burned down to the ground.
    Well, with most cloud storage, it's a sync between your computer and the cloud. So, even if the cloud provider had a problem, you most likely do have the files.

    As far as loss of data goes, sure a house fire is rare. Break-ins are rare, drive failures are rare, floods are rare...but they all happen. Far too many people never back up the data and just assume the power button press will boot up their computer every time. For these types, cloud storage is a saving grace because it's automatic.

    Quote Originally Posted by fourthofjuly View Post
    I have a safety desposit box in the bank and I can keep hard drives in there if I want to. But I don't see the need why I should. But I would definitely not take a chance with the cloud.
    I keep a copy of my important data off site. Things like scanned receipts, warranty information, digital pictures, etc. My wife would want to kill me if I lost all of our pictures, the pictures of the kids, etc. So, why not keep a hard drive or two somewhere else with recent copies of this important data. With robocopy, my sync jobs run in about 2 minutes. At most, I've lost a handful of pictures taken since the last backup. I just keep my offsite drives in my desk at work.
    Don't get me wrong. I do backups too. But not the cloud way. And in fact, I don't also trust hard drives too much, every year I burn all the pictures in discs (this year I started burning in BDs for fewer discs to burn). I have all my photos backed up from 2003 ( that's when I first had a digital camera) to CDs, DVDs and now BDsn and still keep originals in hard drives.
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    I take a chance that my original as well as both offsite backup hard drives won't simultaneously fail. With USB 3.0 drives having higher performance and fairly low cost, I might even bust down some backups onto those. Optical drives are becoming more rare with the proliferation of ultrabooks and such. When I built my file server at home I didn't include an optical drive, just loaded from USB. My laptop and my wife's laptops are both Ultrabooks, and neither have an optical drive.
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