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  • bryanjones
    I've done quite a lot of research on this of recently as I'm of the opinion that my photo's are priceless and I would never want to loose them, with that in mind I've selected 3 of the best paid services in my opinion.
    1. SpiderOak
    2. Live Drive (already mentioned above)
    3. PogoPlug

    All 3 of these provide clients for any platform (windows, mac, linux, iphone, etc) that automatically backup what you want to off line storage.

    Spideroak.com is around 50 a year for 100GB of storage (they often have offers worth looking out for, and their customer service is fantastic, and generous. Over the years they've boosted my storage to around 300GB for the same 50 a year).

    Live Drive, someone else has already covered this. 40 per year for 1 PC, unlimited on line storage.

    My chosen solution is Pogoplug. I've gone with this as the solution I have setup is pretty much disaster proof (in my opinion my pictures are 100% secure, but then there's always the possibility of an asteroid hitting the planet )

    ok, the Pogoplug is a tiny device (palm of your hand small). Plug it into the power, plug in ANY USB hard drive or keyring and that drive then becomes available as "cloud storage". Its as secure as your own router/firewall as its in your home, but you can access it from anywhere if your're out and about (you can read more on security on their website if needed, but I see it as iron clad as I trust my own network).

    A pogoplug can be bought for as little as 30 from anywhere on line or PC World etc. BUT, if you sign up for PogoPlugs cloud service, they'll give you a FREE PogoPlug. Their smallest service is $29 (15 ish) plus $9 postage (making this deal around 20?) and that gives you 100GB of online archive space. NOTE: its archive space. Not to be accessed like a hard drive all the time, but purely a disaster recovery solution.

    So, the PogoPlug you keep in your home can hold unlimited storage (as big and as many hard drives as you can afford), and from what ever you put on your pogoplug you can select 100GB to be archived off. So you keep your photo's on your PC as always, tell the pogoplug software on your pc to backup your photo's to your pogoplug hard drive, then tell your pogoplug hard drive to archive the bits you want "to the cloud". Your most precious memories saved in 3 locations.

    And the reason I like pogoplugs so much? You can have as many of them as you like, and they have a neat feature where they can automatically mirror between pogoplugs. So I have a pogoplug in my house and I've asked a friend can I store another in their house connected to the internet. So now pictures get backed up from my machine to my pogoplug, then get archived off to "the cloud" then get mirrored to another hard drive in my friends house. The best bit is I don't have to do anything, its all automatic and there's nothing complicated to setup, its all an easy web interface, just click and go.

    ...also, if you take the free pogoplug with the first years subscription, you're under no obligation to stay with them and you keep the pogoplug.
  • McG Clan
    Sorry if I'm being dim, but if I wanted to upload all my iPhoto library onto one of these cloud drives, would it just be a couple of simple clicks, or do I have to do each folder individually? Also, would it just up load them as JPEGs so if I wanted to restore onto something other than my Mac, it wouldn't need iPhoto? Desperate to find something else secure other than the WD hardrives we backup to in case of emergencies! Thanks.
    • ptekelly
    • By ptekelly 16th Sep 12, 10:38 PM
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    ptekelly
    Carbonite
    Hi

    No one has mentioned carbonite and i was wondering if anyone has any views on this service?

    I know it isn't free but thread went off topic long ago

    Couple of points with disks:
    All media has a finite life
    versioning is difficult
    offsite storage is not usually practical - and not practiced
    Just because you burned 2 discs doesnt mean you have 2 copies

    Points of free online storage
    Often not encrypted
    limited in types of files
    limited in total space
    limited individual file size
    limited bandwidth (data per month)

    Bother media and free services also require you to copy data to those locations

    Paid for services
    'can' scan and sync all files
    deal with versioning.
    Should store encrypted files on the servers.
    Should offer access from anyway
    Should offer unlimited (or near as) storage
    No bandwidth issues
    no file size issues

    One area that is often overlooked for cloud services is that they will often not backup external drives
    • Nozone
    • By Nozone 18th Sep 12, 12:05 AM
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    Nozone
    I occasionally use Ubuntu One (5GB Free);

    https://one.ubuntu.com/

    I don't use it regularly as files I want access to are usuall small enough to keep to my email. I've just signed in and for some reason I'm on 20GB now and I have no idea why (not paid anything!). I'll see if I can find out why my storage has increased and edit this thread to let you know.

    I would only recommend Ubuntu One if you are just looking for some extra free storage, or you use Linux, it's a bit shaky on Windows and doesn't support Mac OS.
    • kevanf1
    • By kevanf1 26th Sep 12, 11:39 AM
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    kevanf1
    I'll give a big thumbs up to A Drive too. http://www.adrive.com/ I have used this site for a few years now and have no problems at all. It gives a genuine 50gb of online storage which despite what some people may think is a nice amount. It is so easy to underestimate the amount of storage needed but photo's and music take up a lot of disk space...
    Kevan - a disabled old so and so who, despite being in pain 24/7 still manages to smile as much as possible
    • davholla
    • By davholla 26th Sep 12, 9:12 PM
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    davholla
    I'll give a big thumbs up to A Drive too. http://www.adrive.com/ I have used this site for a few years now and have no problems at all. It gives a genuine 50gb of online storage which despite what some people may think is a nice amount. It is so easy to underestimate the amount of storage needed but photo's and music take up a lot of disk space...
    Originally posted by kevanf1
    Is it working ok today. I tried to upload but each time it just froze my machine.
  • KMichaels
    I use MyPC Backup - got a good trial period and then a cheap monthly rate at under 5/month!
  • KMichaels
    Sorry if I'm being dim, but if I wanted to upload all my iPhoto library onto one of these cloud drives, would it just be a couple of simple clicks, or do I have to do each folder individually? Also, would it just up load them as JPEGs so if I wanted to restore onto something other than my Mac, it wouldn't need iPhoto? Desperate to find something else secure other than the WD hardrives we backup to in case of emergencies! Thanks.
    Originally posted by McG Clan
    Sorry should have replied to this one first - this is one of the main reasons I got MyPC Backup is because it backs up your iPhoto library and stores them as jpegs in your sync folder!
  • migglezimblatt
    online cloud storage - security issues?
    I don't think anyone's mentioned this so far, but uploading all your personal files to an online storage provider may be a risk in more ways than one. Even assuming they treat it with care and don't get hacked or go bust, they could be scanning your content for keywords or other patterns, (similar to how g00gle and others handle your email by default) and they may then sell that data on for the purposes of advertising, or who knows what. And then that gets sold on... and on... etc.

    Think about it - they have your email address, personal details and all your files...

    This may sound paranoid, but storage needs power and power costs money, so one has to question how these companies are able to offer these services for "free"...

    If you're concerned about this, the best way would be to locally encrypt your files first (for example you could make a password-protected ZIP file or use something heaver like "truecrypt") and upload that instead. That way they'll have a much harder time accessing your content.

    Did you say some of them have a "maximum file size"... Hmmm... wonder why....
  • 2kool
    Try Google plus and Bitcasa
    Just to add to the debate, I've been thinking about how to back up my data, mostly images and videos.

    You may want to check out Bitcasa, as its a free cloud storage service (they're currently in beta) and offer an inifinite amount of storage. Data is encrypted when its uploaded, and once they're out of beta, which will be in Q1 2013, its $10 a month.

    The second solution for backing up images (especially those on mobile devices) is to use Google+. They offer an unlimited amount of storage of images and video content (which is less than 15 mins up to 1080p quality) as part of their service. Admittedly, they do compress your images, but at least all your images are backed up to some extent in the cloud. Image folders are private, but can be shared.

    I'm also interested in LiveDrive, and see a couple people who've posted pay around 35 to back up data on their unlimited plan. Just visited their site and can only see their 5 a month service. Could anyone provide a link to the 35 service if it exists?
  • migglezimblatt
    Also check your ISP speed and fair use limits
    Before signing up to any "cloud" storage, you need to research your ISP's "fair use" limits and Traffic Management policy.

    Fair Use is the con whereby they can advertise a service as "unlimited" but there is actually a limit. That limit will be called a fair use limit (normally a certian amount of GB uploaded and downloaded per month). What happens when you hit that limit varies from ISP to ISP. Some charge extra, others nag you to upgrade, others will reduce your speed by using Traffic Management.

    Traffic Management is usually applied on a daily basis so that individual "heavy" users don't "hog" the network and make it worse for everyone. What happens here is that if you download or upload) more than x GB in y hours, they will dramatically reduce your speed for the rest of the day. (Some ISPs don't do this, so their networks *are* hogged by heavy users, and hence rarely achieve their advertised speeds).

    source: virginmedia.com /images/ STM_20Mb_below_800pxB.jpg

    So, assuming you don't get stymied by either of these factors then the other thing to bear in mind is that your initial upload of all your stuff may take quite some time. Say you have "10Mb broadband". that's 10mbits/second, (approx 1Mbyte per second). however that's download speed. Your upload speed is often 10% of this so you'll be uploading at 100KB/sec. So if you have say 3GB of stuff to upload, that will take 8 hours under perfect conditions.

    Clearly local storage is always going to be faster, but you need to remember to take it offsite somewhere if you want to protect against domestic disaster.
    • bobsp
    • By bobsp 17th Dec 12, 2:59 PM
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    bobsp
    I would not trust my data with these online services...

    The best option is to get your own NAS, 1TB can be picked up quite cheaply now.

    I have 2 of these. 1 in my house, where I store all our pictures etc, and a backup at my mother in laws, which backs up the one at my house once a week. I also have a USB drive which is also a back up in the event of a NAS failure. All automated, never has a problem, and if this house burns down, I have another copy.
  • leyonchung
    As far as free online storage[/URL] options are concerned, my choice will be Dropbox. They are good at what they are offering to end users with ease of use, simple interface, innumerable benefits and many more advantages affixed to it. There are several other options which you can explore to have free storage options for your data but as a user i suggest a couple of them based on the experience which i have got after using xyz service. In my opinion, Dropbox, SugarSync and SkyDrive are good choices to pick. More options (around 20) can be considered in the source link.

    Source: www(dot)cloudreviews(dot)com/blog/free-online-storage
  • bmewsd
    fully automated & unlimited
    If you're looking for automated backup then look at https://www.excipere.com/cloudstor.html it's based in the UK. It's not free but free doesn't really exist. it's fully automated and best of all it's unlimted. I have a bunch of computers on it and can access any of the files or folders from anywhere in the world either via the web browser or on my iPad.

    If you want free? good luck, free means someone else is paying the bill and that's not really fair. Plus the majority of free services are supplied by US companies so you need to be aware of the legalities of the US government trawling through your information at will.

    I'm sticking with Excipere. It just works

    bmewsd.
  • msp907
    Excipere -Unlimited - UK Based - Military Grade Security
    I'm currently using cloud storage with Excipere they offer unlimited storage far cheaper than any of the competitors named above, their customer service is fantastic and i've had no problems with set up, all explained to me and if i have any queries i've been responded to in 48 hours! Can't rate it high enough, everyone should check it out! And for people who have kids, or any students reading this, they offer it for 12 a year for students!!! and they even let you use it free for 10 days as a try before you buy.
  • sglon13
    PhotoBox offer free unlimited storage too!
    My laptop is full and the main issue with my storage is photos - the file sizes keep getting larger and i don't want to spend money on buying storage.

    I just upload my photos straight to PhotoBox - i know they are safe and storage is unlimited.
    • hugh1988
    • By hugh1988 5th Feb 13, 12:55 AM
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    hugh1988
    MEGA.co.nz - 50GB free
    From the creators of MegaUpload:
    MEGA.co.nz

    - 50GB free storage
    - Unlimited file sizes
    - Unlimited speeds
    - No adds
    - Drag & Drop into your browser window
    - All data encrypted before it's uploaded and decrypted after it's downloaded. So MEGA can't see your files!
    - Desktop, Android and iOS apps in development

    It's by far the best user interface i've used for cloud storage too!
    Last edited by hugh1988; 05-02-2013 at 12:56 AM. Reason: grammar
  • cubeen
    Copy 5Gb +5Gb free copy.com?r=PzWgwS
    Copy (similar to Dropbox) is currently running a limited offer giving 5Gb extra online storage for aech person you invite to use their service. It means you are getting 5Gb at the start + 5Gb extra for each referred person (the person you refer gets it too). You can get 10Gb at the start using following link (as a person invited by myself, you and I get 5Gb extra): copy.com?r=PzWgwS

    It means you start with 10Gb and earn 5Gb for each person you invite. Hope this is helpful
  • bmewsd
    From the creators of MegaUpload:
    MEGA.co.nz

    - 50GB free storage
    - Unlimited file sizes
    - Unlimited speeds
    - No adds
    - Drag & Drop into your browser window
    - All data encrypted before it's uploaded and decrypted after it's downloaded. So MEGA can't see your files!
    - Desktop, Android and iOS apps in development

    It's by far the best user interface i've used for cloud storage too!
    Originally posted by hugh1988
    Unlimited speeds for download? Maybe. Upload will be limited by ISP. You need to qualify that statement. Beware that there are ongoing investigations into the previous company that this guy ran. Those users still can't access their data. Be careful.
  • bmewsd
    Copy (similar to Dropbox) is currently running a limited offer giving 5Gb extra online storage for aech person you invite to use their service. It means you are getting 5Gb at the start + 5Gb extra for each referred person (the person you refer gets it too). You can get 10Gb at the start using following link (as a person invited by myself, you and I get 5Gb extra): copy.com?r=PzWgwS

    It means you start with 10Gb and earn 5Gb for each person you invite. Hope this is helpful
    Originally posted by cubeen
    There is no such thing as giving. Infrastructure needs to be paid for by someone. Where is your data stored? You might not think you need to be concerned but would you give the keys to your house to someone ? Your data is your ip. It's your choice, but do some research.
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