Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Minimalist, Oct 13, 2014.
By Ed Bott
Who could we trust, really, these days for our online experience? These software vendors really need to clean up their ~ Snipped as per TOS ~ and be serious about users/customers.
Maybe iCloud would be better? I would rather have my files spread all over the net if possible (free, multiple copies, Yay), than have them deleted.
One local backup in your drawer and one in the cloud.
A shame for today's Internet.
Don't trust the cloud with anything important. It's fine as a secondary or tertiary backup, or for convenience and sharing.
And never trust your primary to it.
What amount of data do people store in the cloud? I don't use it as a backup site but if I did it would take 1500 hours to upload my 500 GB of data. That's 2 months of continuous uploading. Not very practical.
I know someone with an unlimited data internet plan who has their computer backed up to the cloud. But personally I'm not a big fan of cloud backups or storage. There certainly are uses for cloud storage, but to use it as a primary backup source is just ridiculous in my opinion.
If you have a physical backup then you can still access your data if there are problems accessing the cloud files, or your internet connection is down. You only have to look at the Megaupload case, where lots of people couldn't access their files when the site was shut down, to see the problems with cloud storage.
i use copy.com to store 100gb worth of photos and videos of the family, this is mirrored to google drive as a fail safe in addition to local fail safes. luckily i have a pretty decent unlimited package so i don't really notice the uploads/downloads as i limit the speeds to 80%.
don't know what you would be backing up but in my case uploading is a one time process then new files only take minutes to upload. even a reformat means relying on your download connection and not your upload connection so a few hours is all i need to download the 100gb
true but that is only bad practice if you don't have a secondary or tertiary backup. having online backups in addition to local backups is a wise move indeed. local backups wont help you if your house is burnt down while you are away. of course you could keep one disk at the bank/families house etc but it relies on a person remembering and being bothered to do that and in any case would probably not be up to date. i find it infinitely easier to backup to 2 cloud storage providers than to keep a disk away from the house as a fail safe for local backups in case of a fire/burglary
Yes that's certainly true. I was thinking of people who have data backed up solely to the cloud.
ah that's more clear, you used 'primary' in your original post which has vastly different connotations than 'solely'.
Personally, I back up everything now on my parents & my sister's PC using BittorrentSync or SyncThing. Their and my PC hard drive(s) are mostly unused so I thought why not do a network where we back up each other's files. It's also a nice way to easy share photos or videos from holidays or other fests (we don't live in the same country).
I have no success with those testing apps. They show I have a low download speed, 4 Mbits/sec just now. But I know my speed is around 17 Mbits/sec from actually downloading large files. I have a 20 Mbit/sec downloading and 1 Mbit/sec uploading plan. Does your result correlate with your plan?
speedtest.net has been quite accurate on every machine i have tried it on here in the UK (matches actual download speed of files). generally you need to run it at off peak times (1am to 6am) to find out the potential of your line, varies per ISP. could also be a case of your ISP using traffic management and limiting or 'shaping' your line.
do you get a consistant 17 Mbits/sec (2.1MB/Sec) often when downloading files?
maybe you could give a non flash based speed checker a try, they generally give less accurate results (in my experience) but will circumvent any flash issues should you have any.
i find high seed low leach torrents to be the best indicator of line potential
With the non flash checker I got 16 Mbits/sec and yes, I get just under 2 MBytes/sec with a "good" torrent. Thanks.
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