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Does anyone use on-line backup solutions?

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    Dr Herbie

    After reading about Robert Llewellyn having several PCs stolen from his home, and how he was relieved that he had used Carbonite for on-line backup of family photos etc, I started to think seriously about this as a solution.

    Does anyone here have experience of on-line backup solutions on low bandwidth (we get about 2Mb down and about 0.7Mb up)?

    Carbonite looks ok -- about £40 a year for unlimited storage (we have about 20Gb of photos I'd like to store from the start and obviously we still take more), but I'm more worried about the bandwidth. I could use my free 25Gb Skydrive space, but we'd run out eventually and I would want everything automatically uploaded without manual intervention.

    Herbie

     

    EDIT : Just looked at Skydrive storage costs and they're not too bad, just need to try out the Skydrive application to see if it will do what I need.  Carbonite also adds encryption for documents anyone know how secure Skydrive storage is for encryption?

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    blowdart

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    EDIT : Just looked at Skydrive storage costs and they're not too bad, just need to try out the Skydrive application to see if it will do what I need.  Carbonite also adds encryption for documents anyone know how secure Skydrive storage is for encryption?

    Skydrive doesn't talk about encryption in any way. I put my bank statements and tax information on it, but they're wrapped in a truecrypt volume.

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    ESgarbi

    @Dr Herbie: I normally drop all my files under My documents and let Skydrive sync them to the service. I'll also one day run out of space and I'll be glad in paying 10 bucks a year for an extra 20GB.

    I also encrypt a few folders with my financial stuff.

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    Dr Herbie

    I tried out the Skydrive app this morning -- the problem is that I want to be able to specify multiuple existing folders both within my own documents folder, and within my wife's documents folder (and eventually our children's folders) to be included, while some are to be excluded (like game saves which is 3Gb I can live with losing).  I don't think I'm prepared to reorganise my whole file system to suit Skydrive.

    Herbie

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    ManipUni

    You could just buy a 2 TB HDD, fill it up, and then leave it at your parent's house, hide it in a wall, or even bury it in the back garden.    

     

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    Dr Herbie

    @ManipUni: That was the original plan, but it requires manual intervention.  I was hoping for something 'frictionless'.  I'll investigate carbonite when I get home this evening.

    Herbie

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    JohnAskew

    @ManipUni: That may end up with the EPA writing a fine for illegal disposal of electronic equipment. Wink I love mud...

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    wsdotnet

    i use snapcrowd.com

    lets me view all my file types from pc and my windows phone.

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    magicalclick

    @Dr Herbie:

    Personally, I recommend Blue Ray backup per year. (ZIPPED SINGLE FILE ONLY), or can try ISO it back from blue ray. More iterative backup uses external HDD. Workspace sync using Live Mesh. Cloud storage is limited to online sharing and some documents that you want  to access online.

    if you are annoyed by plugging wires, it is better to buy a dock, so you plug monitor and other things as well.

    Just my thought.

    Also Also prefer app-less backup.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    blowdart

    , magicalclick wrote

    Workspace sync using Live Mesh.

    Which is of course on its last legs. Not exactly a good idea that.

     

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    devSpeed

    Backup to a nas and have that nas backup to an off-site nas.

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    rhm

    First of all, I wouldn't risk using Skydrive for anything.

    http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-responds-to-skydrive-privacy-concerns


    Even if you are happy that every file you have complies with Microsoft's Orwellian policies, it seems like far too big a risk to take that their systems might flag something innocent (how many ordinary magazines and newpapers contain pictures with "parital nudity"?). When the punishment is losing not only use of Skydrive and whatever files you've stored there, but also your xbox live account, hotmail account and everything you've bought for WP7 if you were mad enough to buy that, it's not something I'd risk for the sake of a bit of storage. The advantage of Dropbox is if they cut you off for whatever reason, Dropbox is all you lose.

     

    For backups I use Crashplan. It's in the same ballpark of backup services as Carbonite, but has no storage limit and the software is more flexible. You should be aware that even with a fast ADSL connection, it could take months to complete a full backup to a remote location, depending on how many files you have. The nice thing about Crashplan is that it's a full backup solution for local external harddrives and you can even back up one machine to another if you have a faster local connection so you can get a backup done quickly to give a decent piece of mind while you're waiting for the remote backup to complete. Encryption is available up to 256 bit and performed locally. You can select an option so that it never transmits the encryption key to Crashplan's servers, but you'll lose browser-based access to your archives if you select that.

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    Bas

    Why are backups still such a pain? I've been using SyncToy to back stuff up to a NAS but it's still kind off annoying. Computers are often in standby when the backup is scheduled to run so they only run every now and then when the machine happens to be on... which is annoying because then I'm actually doing something on it. And then of course it's still not offsite. I suppose I could switch the NAS every month or so but that would require discipline on my end which means it's already a failure.

    WHS was close to ideal, but the wake on LAN was unreliable: it couldn't wake up my laptop and my desktop wouldn't shut down again after it had been woken. And, again: not offsite.

    How do you guys let Skydrive sync your My Documents? Do you have to change some sort of registry setting that sets the path to your user profile to point inside the skydrive folder?

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    vesuvius

    @Dr Herbie: I wrote dragnstore which is an application that ticks every single box that you have complained about. You can also backup your phones to the same account.

    Give it a try, and if you like it, I will "cough cough" sort out something for you. You can get a free 5 gig month trial.

    If you don't like the design blame the design agency as I did what they wanted, but the application works.

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    spivonious

    File History gives local backup of course, but I've been considering a Carbonite-like service as well. I think a good compromise would be a manual backup to an external drive that is then kept in a fire-proof safe.

    Of course, if it's just photos, then I would buy the extra space on Skydrive and simply keep them there. Add the Skydrive folder to your Pictures library and set it as the default save location.

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    Dr Herbie

    @vesuvius: Ok I'm trying out Dragnstore! Set it up this morning and left it backing up so I'll see how far it gets by the time I get home this afternoon.

    Herbie

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    Dan

    @Dr Herbie: This may or may not work for you, but I use CrashPlan+ as it gives me unlimited (woohoo!) backup capacity, the only caveat is that it's only for one PC.

    To break it down

    1. All data is on one PC, all other PCs have access to that library using a GB Ethernet connection. When Windows 8 is out, we'll setup replicating disks on this.

    2. CrashPlan+ is used to replicate #1. The cost is $3 per month for one PC, $6 per month for a household for unlimited data.

    3. The most important data is also replicated to SkyDrive

    4. Home Server backs up all of the machines, but it may be dying so I'm looking to switch options here for PC backup...

     

     

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