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Can anyone recommend a good cloud storage backup please?

 

I currently store my files on various external hard drives and jpegs on smugmug(and of course some on Alamy).  I take the back up drives with me when I go away for more than a few days.  But they fill up fast and  I am considering moving over to cloud backup.  Having looked at various reviews, I am trialling Backblaze (but that says it will take me 286 days to do my initial backup - even with cable broadband).  Reviews of other suppliers are mixed and are not specifically aimed at photographers.

 

Just wondered if any photographers out there could recommend a good service. especially for the mass of data that is in all my raw files.

 

Thanks

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I second Crashplan. Very good value. But I'd highly recommend that your main backups remain as hard drives, because uploading and downloading any more than a few photos from cloud storage will take a very, very long time. Possibly months, depending on how much you have and how fast your broadband connection is. And check what the limits are on your broadband service as well. 

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My sister and I each share a cloud with each other. We each have a 3 TB network drive and I upload to her drive and she uploads to mine. That way if my house burns down I have my important shots on her drive and if her house burns down I have hers.  I don't upload everything I have taken to her drive, but the jpgs I have on Alamy and elsewhere and family stuff and important documents. Works well. The rest I keep on a couple of drives at home.

 

Jill

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The cumulosnimbus cloud can hold a lot of moisture.

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I use Justcloud at $5 a month.Pretty much unlimited. It's for MAC and PC. Bitcasa is good too;same price and I liked it better because it's file structure was more 'Mac like' and I could search for my files. Just Cloud I can't.

I also back up on several sites for jpegs use the Amazon cloud storage for certain things and have 8 external hard drives keeping a few offsite.

 

If you have a big hard drive it can take a month or more to backup so you might want to clear some unused junk off first.

 

L

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I was evaluating all these cloud based offers and then came upon Zenfolio. It provides a way for you to display your photos easily in different templates (although I have never managed to reach some of the incredibly beautifully looking sites that other people have created). For $30 per year, you can store 4 GB, and for $60 per year, you can store apparently unlimited storage (of photos and video), and can easily download. There are other features, most of which I have for now, left unexplored :-). The idea of being able to save and also display at the same time was something that appealed to me.

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The cumulosnimbus cloud can hold a lot of moisture.

Love it :)

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Dropbox.  The first 2.75 GB is free, then you move to the Pro at $9.99 a month or $99 a year and get 100 GB more on top of the free amount.  Uploads are fast.  Of course, what I've been uploading are jpegs for a client, but at one time I uploaded huge files.

I just uploaded a 33.8mb tiff and it took about a minute or less. A raw file took roughly the same time.

 

Betty

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Unhappy experience with Carbonite, frankly now wouldn't trust any.

 

Very happy with Dropbox for sending work to clients when sftp is playing up but see above on using beyond that.....

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Dropbox.  The first 2.75 GB is free, then you move to the Pro at $9.99 a month or $99 a year and get 100 GB more on top of the free amount.  Uploads are fast.  Of course, what I've been uploading are jpegs for a client, but at one time I uploaded huge files.

I just uploaded a 33.8mb tiff and it took about a minute or less. A raw file took roughly the same time.

 

Betty

 

I got a free 50gb account with the Box

 

$10 for 100GB and $15 for unlimited. The free account limits the size of an individual file to 250MB, but I don't have any near that size except the odd family video. Any family videos I upload I"ll split into two or three if I have to.

 

INow they just offer 10GB free for the personal account. I was lucky as the 50gb was a free promotion for Blackberry users when I got my Playbook.

 

Jill

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I use Bitcasa to transfer files to clients that don't use ftp. My website (Photoshelter based) allows download with password or after paying but it seems to be one image at a time. So for someone who will download the whole batch I use dropbox, for another library for instance. I just use the free option at the moment.

 

I wouldn't use the cloud for permanent storage such as backups. Short term purposes only for me in the cloud unless it is synched to multiple offline copies so I can afford to lose it without losing data.

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I've had a free Dropbox account for probably 5 years. It has been client based for me, a way to upload and for the client to download.  I recently upgraded to the $99 a year because I am storing all of the jewelry images I'm shooting there for the client and his web designer.  When I reached 2.2 of the free 2.75 GB, I upgraded, but the client is paying for it so no problem.  I've shot over 600 pieces now.  I can upload 15-20 jpg images at a time and it takes a minute or less to do it.

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Thanks for all the suggestions.  Backblaze is still whirring through the files and I have got so far I may as well see how it goes.  That coupled with external hard drives (hidden or off site when I am away from home for any length of time.  I also have a smugmug account which I can archive jpegs (but not raw).  So backing it always!  Weird how I haven't worried about the thousands of negatives and slides in my loft though...they are not backed up at all!

 

Julian

www.ealesphotography.co.uk

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