Backup vs Synchronization for the cloud

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by moontan, Jul 25, 2012.

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  1. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

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    i am using cloud storage to save a few files i could not do without if disaster should strike.
    i was in a building fire once, in the panic i did not even think about grabbing my external USB drive before leaving the building.
    i got lucky because my apartment was spared by the blaze but there are some very good things to say about storing some stuff in the cloud.

    an important distinction to make is between sync and backup.

    in synchronization, a source is synced to a target.
    if the file is deleted from the source it is also deleted from the target.
    different online storage providers have their own version of what sync is; some will keep your files for 30 days, some will delete the files instantly, etc...

    if you want to use a sync service as backup, you better read the fine prints to avoid any surprise.
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    if you want to save files to the cloud in case of disaster the solution is backup.
    there are a few who offers sync and/or backup:

    Spideroak: the client is buggy on Windows and Linux
    Wuala: requires Java.

    the best one i tried for Windows was SugarSync, it offers both sync and backup.
    in SugarSync, the backup section is called "Web Archive".

    in Linux, the best option is Déja Dup used with Ubuntu One cloud storage.
    here's a tutorial in case anyone is interested:
    -http://www.howtogeek.com/108869/how-to-back-up-ubuntu-the-easy-way-with-dj-dup/
     
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  2. Cruise

    Cruise Registered Member

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    I just have one comment about SugarSync - it doesn't work with MS Outlook (pst files)!

    Cruise
     
  3. Robin A.

    Robin A. Registered Member

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    I used SugarSync for backups for some time, until strange things began to happen. I found newer files in the local computer replaced by older ones that I had uploaded before. But I never noticed there was a "Web archive" option, so I never used it.

    Now I am using SkyDrive for backups. it works well, it is simple to use, and the uploading is much faster.
     
  4. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

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    i think SkyDrive is sync and not backup.
    same with Dropbox and Google Drive and some others.

    if you delete a file from your Skydrive folder, where does it end up?

    does it end up in a recycle bin in the cloud where it is saved for 30 days?

    or is it just gone?
     
  5. MarcP

    MarcP Registered Member

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    I use GoodSync to backup documents and photos to my own FTP site. Keeps all versions of files (old versions for 30 days) and deleted files for 30 days. But that's for file backups. Then I image on a local USB drive daily.
     
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