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Topic # 68582 25-Sep-2010 11:41
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Hi,

I have a Media Centre at home with ~20Gb of photos and ~30Gb of music that I would like to backup.

I was using an external hard drive to periodically backup my files, however this has recently died and I'm thinking about what I replace it with.

I am thinking that an online backup solution might be a better option (my external hard drive solution would be stuffed if we ever got burgled or had a fire at home), but am really not sure...

What are people using out there that you can recommend?

Thanks!

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  Reply # 384267 25-Sep-2010 11:46
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freitasm: I use Mozy Home, currently with 125GB online...


Didn't I see a post from you back in Feb that you were having problems with this service?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 384275 25-Sep-2010 12:10
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Yes, I had a problem with the PC not doing regular backups for a week. After they reset something on their side I didn't have more problems since then.

I use Mozy Home for my home needs, and Mozy Pro to backup Geekzone files online.





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  Reply # 384283 25-Sep-2010 12:23
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I use Dropbox and find it really good as not only syncs between computers but can be used as a backup.

Use this referral to get a little extra space if you want to try it out.

https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTU0MjcwMDk

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  Reply # 384284 25-Sep-2010 12:24
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Teeps: I use Dropbox and find it really good as not only syncs between computers but can be used as a backup.

Use this referral to get a little extra space if you want to try it out.

https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTU0MjcwMDk


Remember that "sync" is no the same as "backup". If you are synchronising locations and delete a file, it will be deleted from the second location as well, even if it was a mistake. A backup will provide a more lasting image of your files, including versioning.







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  Reply # 384291 25-Sep-2010 12:33
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Wasn't sure which forum was the right one... thought I'd cover my bases.

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  Reply # 384295 25-Sep-2010 12:37
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Dropbox does allow you to recover files that have been deleted for up to 30 days.
I use that and ubuntu one (can't wait for them to come out with a win client for my netbook - hence the dropbox)

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  Reply # 384299 25-Sep-2010 12:42
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freitasm:

Remember that "sync" is no the same as "backup". If you are synchronising locations and delete a file, it will be deleted from the second location as well, even if it was a mistake. A backup will provide a more lasting image of your files, including versioning.



Yes, I know it isn't just a traditional backup, but Dropbox gives versioning and undelete. I understand the differences between the two but like it this way as it's an instant upload and store solution and not relying on sheduling backups (Mozy might work like that also but not looked into it so don't know). I know that as soon as a file has been saved on my computer there is a copy stored online and if I want synced with other computers.

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  Reply # 385300 28-Sep-2010 08:36
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How are you guys uploading all your data? Do you have all you can eat internet plans? Uploading just my "important files" would absolutely murder my data cap (prob for a few months).

At the moment I just keep a hard drive at work that I bring home on a Wed and run a syncback job to copy new stuff over.

Would love to go online but cant seem to find away to get my data into the cloud. Im thinking I might set something up at work to backup everything between here and there but not sure how that would work yet.




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  Reply # 385312 28-Sep-2010 08:49
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gjm: How are you guys uploading all your data? Do you have all you can eat internet plans? Uploading just my "important files" would absolutely murder my data cap (prob for a few months).


I am on a 120GB plan with TelstraClear. Most months use about 80 - 100GB.





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  Reply # 385342 28-Sep-2010 09:44
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sounds like bliss.....I get 20 Gigs p/m. I have about 60 gigs worth of stuff I would consider essential so 3 months of data doing nothing but backups.....prob not gonna happen.




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  Reply # 385368 28-Sep-2010 10:57
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gjm: sounds like bliss.....I get 20 Gigs p/m. I have about 60 gigs worth of stuff I would consider essential so 3 months of data doing nothing but backups.....prob not gonna happen.


If you can it might be worth upgrading your plan to have higher usage for a month or two to get everything uploaded.

I'm not sure how the other services work but with Dropbox if a file is already stored by someone else online you won't need to upload yours. This is great for music and video as it saves a lot of upload time. Also with your personal files, once the first version is uploaded it only uploads the changes and this saving a lot of bandwidth in the future.

You could always cheat and if you work at a company with reasonable bandwidth, copy your files onto a hard drive and then use your work computer to get the files online and then backup our computer at home once there uploaded at work and then you won't use much of your home bandwidth ;-)

You might find an online solution uses less data than you think it will and has the advantage of being a instant backup solution.

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  Reply # 386165 30-Sep-2010 08:20
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Im on Slingshot and at the moment Im trying out MOZYHOME

My plan (and most of Slingshots) have free data between 2am-7am so I have set MOZY to upload during this time.

I will update on this in a few days

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