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Topic # 240048 17-Aug-2018 18:28
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It has been a while since cloud backups were covered...

 

I am currently using Idrive - a choice I made after Crashplan dropped out of the consumer space.  I have two devices (Windows PCs) to back up and very moderate needs - about 30 gigs at present.  I run 2 very small companies (1 employee each).  So I am looking at consumer-level options.

 

There were a number of threads on cloud-based backups some time ago - the result being largely in favour of Backblaze.  I found and tried Idrive simply because it suited my needs and charged by the amount of data (1 TB) with no per-device charging or limits.  I dont need versioning - I simply need to recover the latest version of any file.  Backblaze is more expensive than Idrive with 2 devices involved.  With Idrive as I have it set up primary backup goes to the cloud (and therefore off-site) while secondary backup goes to an IDE drive connected to my modem through an IDE-USB enclosure - very crude but it gives me the ability to restore files without internet access if need be.

 

I would be interested if anyone can suggest a consumer-level backup solution for Windows devices that costs less than $80 per year for, say, 50+ Gigs of online storage and the ability to backup to local devices.


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  Reply # 2075013 17-Aug-2018 20:08
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Versioning protects you against ransomware and viruses. Unless you're storing incremental backups on I-Drive you do need versioning.

 

If you want business / enterprise grade look at my comments in the other threads on Amazon Web Service, S3 and Glacier. You'll need software to make use of them. You'd be better off with a managed service.





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  Reply # 2075034 17-Aug-2018 21:01
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timmmay:

 

Versioning protects you against ransomware and viruses. Unless you're storing incremental backups on I-Drive you do need versioning.

 

 

Thanks for responding.

 

Idrive does not allow for versioning as far as I know.  I acknowledge the vulnerability to cloud storage file corruption by virus or ransomware.  Thinking about what would happen in such circumstances, the outright loss of data would inconvenience but not cripple me.

 

Even with versioning there remains the risk that file corruption affects all backed-up versions because the time-frame between corruption and discovery of corruption is such that corrupted files have been backed up at least n+1 times where n is the number of backup versions kept.  If I were planning ransomware attacks I would plan to attack files as frequently as possible to mitigate the user's ability to recover using 'old' versions 8-(.  There are defences available to mitigate this but that goes far beyond an affordable consumer-grade service.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2075052 17-Aug-2018 21:41
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My incremental backups run daily and I keep multiple versions, so no matter how often I'm hacked I'll have my files. I actually have two different versioning systems, one is Amazon S3 versioning which keeps versions of files for some number of months. I have software that does block based incremental backups and stores versions with retention periods something like "daily for a week, weekly for a month, monthly for a year" kind of thing. Oh and I keep files in multiple physical locations, and on the cloud.

 

It cost me a couple of hundred dollars each for a couple of big disks, and I pay about $3 a month for AWS S3 / Glacier backups and archiving. I have 75GB on Glacier, stored in three data centers, costs me US$0.30 per month. That's all my personal photos, videos, and documents, with the photos and videos medium resolution instead of full raw / 1080p, because it's my last resore storage.





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