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Poll: Online Backup Services

Do you use an online backup service?

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#1 compl3x

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 13:24

I have been considering a back ups service lately (if anyone is using one, I would appreciate recommendations) & thought it would make a decent poll.

 

 




#2 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 13:30

I would if I had the upload speed to do so :(



#3 madd-hatter

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 13:40

My SSD's are mostly occupied by system/program files and various forms of impersonal media (that can be re-downloaded.)

 

I back up the remaining select GB's of personal files on an external. IMO, the most efficient and cost effective strategy.

 

Online services are for individuals with very large personal catalogs and companies.



#4 Max Norris

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 13:42

Yes, but in conjunction with a physical backup as well.  Sh't happens, backup media can die, third party servers can die (or just disappear), not rolling the dice with important stuff that I can't afford to lose.



#5 g33kb0y

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 14:04

I don't have much to backup (don't typically care about media files, etc) so I manually compress/encrypt what's important to me, & sync it to free Dropbox space.



#6 medium_pimpin

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 14:26

Yes - onsite backup with external drive.  Offsite with BackBlaze.



#7 Scott Hellewell

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 14:30

I utilize SkyDrive (onedrive), google drive, and drop box.  I then get free (included) unlimited online backup through my ISP (Cox Communications) and backup all of those folders.



#8 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 14:33

I use SkyDrive and DropBox to save anything i really care about. If its not on those services then i have no problem losing the data.



#9 mmjm

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 14:41

yes and my 1.5TB suddenly started getting lots of errors in December. Good thing I backed up but man I had to download everything, all 1.1TB... what a pita :)



#10 vetDirtyLarry

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 14:45

As others have pointed out, I use a combination of on site backup (Crash Plan App + Synology Disk Station + various external drives over the years, and good old Data DVD's still believe it or not, can never be to safe) with mostly free online services.

 

I use Google a lot now for my photos, etc. since I am on Android and it works seamless, Apple for my iPad old iPhone photos, Google Music for my Music (is a monthly fee there, but also have all music backed up). I also made the switch to completely cloud based email a couple of years back, so no longer using Outlook or Mail for any local email on any of my computers. Has gone okay for the past few years.

 

When I was looking online services up, BackBlaze kept seeming like a good option. There is also always Carbonite which has been around for a long time now in this space, so they must be doing something right.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 16:17

My SSD's are mostly occupied by system/program files and various forms of impersonal media (that can be re-downloaded.)

 

I back up the remaining select GB's of personal files on an external. IMO, the most efficient and cost effective strategy.

 

Online services are for individuals with very large personal catalogs and companies.

 

 

If you had a fire, flood, break-in etc. all of that data could be gone. I suppose it depends on how important that data is. Music could be re-downloaded but photos or work might never be retrievable.

 

 

3-2-1 of backup:

 

3 copies of the data

in 2 different formats

1 off-site

 

 

idk how many people do this, but it is the common standard. 



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 14:29

I use Carbonite for about 29 gigs of data, not counting  ISO and Video / audio files

 

I also have 2 3TB drives which backs up all of my internal drives. 1 drive stays at home the other drive lives in a safety deposit box at the bank and both drives get rotated monthly!



#13 1ON

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 14:39

I use IASO - Covers our Exchange, SQL and files



#14 Dane

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:55

Is backblaze really good?  I don't want to spend more than around $5 a month.  I back up to two HD's already.



#15 cork1958

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 12:23

I don't back up a dang thing! Nothing important kept on my computers. The ONLY way I'm losing anything is if the computer completely dies, which I don't forsee happening and even if it does, I didn't lose a thing!

 

Not worried about my Windows or Linux boxes getting messed up as that just doesn't happen anymore unless you're some moron who always fiddles with stuff or don't know how to protect your Windows/Linux system!

 

Anyone that doesn't have a hard copy of what they want to save is just asking for trouble, IMO.

 

Who knows how long what ever site you have something backed up on will be around or hacked and any external device can die at any given moment.

 

Anything that is really THAT important is in a fire proof safe!