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Old 01-26-2014, 01:47 AM
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Default Which Cloud-based storage service - Apple iCloud, DropBox, Google Drive? FlickR?

I'm interested in backing up my photos to a cloud based solution (about 100Gb). Currently thinking about using DropBox. Since I have the free version already and trust it. The cost is US$100 annually for 100Gb on Dropbox.

Strictly speaking, DropBox is a data sharing service, rather than a backup solution, but it seems to offer what I need. Although, one downside is that I guess I'd need to move all my photos from my Mac's default "Pictures" folder and store them under my shared dropbox folder.

Any thoughts / experiences?
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:13 AM
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This can store up to 190,000 photos. Seems cool to me and is much more practical then paying $100 every year. Only downside is you have to have it with you. It's relatively small though. http://www.lacie.com/company/news/news.htm?id=10787

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Old 01-26-2014, 07:28 AM
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I use a couple, Dropbox i'm very impressed by and i pay for 100 gig a year. I backup a lot of my important files/music/movies/photos. I've had bad experiences in the past, my hard drive on my PC broke (cost about $700 to recover the data), i then got an external drive, 2 years later that broke ! (Cost about $500 to recover it !). Now its cloud/cloud/cloud for me !

I use the 100 gig from Mega as well, bit nervous of that as i can imagine the authorities might shut it down one day (They're always after 'Kim Dotcom' but its quite useful to back some non important things up).

What i love about Dropbox is that i can download a .cbr file (Comic/graphic novel) and it'll then import into my comic book reader which is great.

Other services might be cheaper/free but when my datas so important i want to go with a larger company rather than some small unknown one.
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:49 AM
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I use a Chinese company, they offer 36 TERABYTES for free sign up. unlimited storage.

You actually start off with less, maybe 10TB... But if you download there iOS / android app & PC client... They give you the rest upon completing them tasks. I practically have free storage unlimited for ever

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Old 01-26-2014, 08:26 AM
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I use a Chinese company, they offer 36 TERABYTES for free sign up. unlimited storage.

You actually start off with less, maybe 10TB... But if you download there iOS / android app & PC client... They give you the rest upon completing them tasks. I practically have free storage unlimited for ever
What company is that then?
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:37 AM
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I use a Chinese company, they offer 36 TERABYTES for free sign up. unlimited storage.

You actually start off with less, maybe 10TB... But if you download there iOS / android app & PC client... They give you the rest upon completing them tasks. I practically have free storage unlimited for ever
I'm also interested.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:20 AM
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It seems that each of the cloud services is for a niche market. Some cater to some kinds of data, others to other. And so you kind of need a combination to back up your memories.

For computer data and back up there is Time Capsule which I use but of course you need something off site. Things like Carbonite are there for this purpose but I haven't tried it yet because folks say it slows some computer processes down.

I agree with psj that when it comes to data I would rather pay for a trustworthy company than get more than I need for free. I use Dropbox for some things -- mostly documents and other files -- because it integrates really really well with other apps and programs.

I recently downloaded the app Box because it gives 50 GB for free -- but I am finding that not much integrates with it yet so I am left to make all the transfers myself through the app and that is a pain. Back ups / copies / etc need to be done easily or you just won't do it. That's why something like iCloud for mobile devices is so great - set it and forget it.

For photos I use Flicker because of the new 1 TB storage and no alteration to the file structure of my computer. I made a private page so no one can just happen upon it and its there mainly in case I need it.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:19 AM
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Holy cow! 36tb? I also want to know.
Personally I don't really like cloud storage I see it as a waste of battery/data and my time if I'm honest not to mention privacy.

But it's now pretty common in Asian countries for there to be a lot of services that give terabytes of storage for free here's one quick example I think there are dozens though.

http://www.weiyun.com/act/10t-en.html

Of course to use most of these you would probably need to know the language or at least an idea of the translation in the app as their obviously not in english.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:55 AM
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I wish Apple would increase the free 5gb space for iCloud. 5gb is just too small these days.
I just registered to Copy, Dropbox, and Box. I haven't tried them all yet but before I commit to one, I want to know which would best suit my needs.
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:55 PM
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Yes, I use yunpan 360.... They are made by security company qihoo 360. So it is safe, because the actual company behind it is all about security.

I also use Dropbox for more important files. You guys may struggle to sign up as it is all in Chinese use google translate when visiting the site..

Qihoo 360 Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qihoo

yunpan.360: http://yunpan.360.cn/

* use g0ogle chrome + translate to sign-up...*

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