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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by LadyGeek » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:21 pm

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In any case, I'll purchase a subscription to SpiderOak ONE near the end of my 21 day trial period. Discount pricing can be found via google.
The free trial period allowed me to size the storage capacity. I'm currently at 130 GB, so the 150 GB plan works for me.

Discount pricing can be found, but none of the offer codes would work. I signed up for the 150 GB plan annual subscription for $59 ($4.92 / month).
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by jebmke » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:27 pm

Does the free trial required a credit card and then canceling or no payment method until going permanent?
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by LadyGeek » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:06 pm

No. Just download and you get 21 days up to 250 GB with unlimited devices. Nothing is crippled.

You had asked earlier about network drives. I just found the help article, ignore my prior answer.

See: Backing Up a NAS Device
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by fourwheelcycle » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:08 pm

LadyGeek wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:04 pm
My requirements for online storage [include]:
- Zero-Knowledge
I previously knew what Zero-Knowledge is, but I had never heard of the term. I went to the Cloudwards web site and found my way to Sync.com, which offers a free 6GB account that can be expanded to 2TB for $96 per year. Either account includes free versioning that does not count against your account GB size.

It turns out synced backups of all our finance and tax files, our estate planning documents, our "death book" and instructions, and our 1Password vault add up to less than 3GB. I set up a free 6GB account at Sync.com and so far it is working perfectly, syncing immediately whenever I make a change to any of our included files. I keep encrypted backups of all our files in a desk top hard drive attached to our main computer, in a portable drive in our safe, and in a portable drive hidden in our detached garage. I have previously been very paranoid about using the cloud. I don't sync any of our Macs via iCloud and I don't even use 1Password's cloud version (which is also Zero-Knowledge). Sync.com is my first foray into the cloud and I am only trying it out due to its very strong encryption and its commitment to Zero-Knowledge.

One advantage is that if I give our Sync.com password to our two adult children, who live in other states, they could access all of our included files from their own homes if my wife and I ever meet our shared demise on vacation, or even out driving for groceries.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by munemaker » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:10 pm

retire14 wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:01 am
I am currently backing up my Mac with an external HD, but would like to find another backup mechanism. What backup service do you use and why? Is iCloud a good backup?Thanks.
I use the Google cloud. Inexpensive and convenient.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by LadyGeek » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:40 pm

fourwheelcycle wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:08 pm
...It turns out synced backups of all our finance and tax files, our estate planning documents, our "death book" and instructions, and our 1Password vault add up to less than 3GB.

...One advantage is that if I give our Sync.com password to our two adult children, who live in other states, they could access all of our included files from their own homes if my wife and I ever meet our shared demise on vacation, or even out driving for groceries.
You may be interested in this 2016 thread: Fidelity "FidSafe" Free online storage of documents - is this safe?

I don't use this service myself, but it might help with some of the legal aspects.
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by michaeljc70 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:38 pm

Online, my photos are in Google Photos. My music is in Google Music. Everything else I use OneDrive. I got in the habit long ago of keeping all my data in one folder (with subfolders of course). This makes it very easy to backup. Since this doesn't include most media (music/photos), it doesn't take that much space and I don't have to pay any extra for space.

I go farther than most people probably in that I compress and encrypt the data before it is uploaded. I use a free tool for this (7-zip). That way if anyone ever got into my Onedrive, the data would be useless to them without the encryption password. I trust this more than any service made specifically for backups. Someone would have to know my OneDrive password (or hack into OneDrive) AND know my encryption password to get anything.

In addition, I take backups from my primary computer (laptop) and copy them to a desktop. Occasionally I copy a backup to a USB stick and throw it in the safe, but that is rare and inconvenient.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by fourwheelcycle » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:56 pm

LadyGeek wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:40 pm
You may be interested in this 2016 thread: Fidelity "FidSafe" Free online storage of documents - is this safe?
Thanks for the note on FidSafe. I did learn of it when it began; probably from Fidelity. I explored the service, but I decided not to use it. As far as I can tell it is not Zero-Knowledge. They make a big deal of encrypting your files and using two factor authorization, but they never mention Zero-Knowledge. It is probably just like our log-ins for Vanguard, Fidelity, and BoA - they are careful and you can use two factor authorization, but they are not Zero-Knowledge. My password app, 1Password, makes a big deal of never learning your master password or having it in their servers. I don't use their cloud version, so neither my master password or my actual passwords (my vault) ever leave my computers.

Actually, Sync.com has the same file sharing feature as FidSafe, although I do not plan to use it. The most I would do is to give my Sync.com password to our kids and ask them not to use it unless we both die.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by pondering » Sat May 05, 2018 5:00 pm

A few things:

How is everyone's backup provider doing?

Has everyone done at least on restore this year?
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by bandoba » Sat May 05, 2018 11:41 pm

munemaker wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:10 pm
retire14 wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:01 am
I am currently backing up my Mac with an external HD, but would like to find another backup mechanism. What backup service do you use and why? Is iCloud a good backup?Thanks.
I use the Google cloud. Inexpensive and convenient.
Do you mean use Google drive? Do you use Google backup tool to automatically backup files on to cloud/drive? If it's drive, I'm guessing you get versions as well and not just snapshot?

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by michaeljc70 » Sat May 05, 2018 11:55 pm

I copy from my primary laptop to a desktop/media center. I also use OneDrive to backup in the cloud, though that is a script I wrote. I only backup to the cloud encrypted data. I mean encrypted on my end so if someone stole it, it would be useless. It is also free. I don't really want to pay for a service for this. I can see how it is worth it if you are not diligent about backing things up (like many people aren't).

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by yogesh » Sun May 06, 2018 12:18 am

Like others low cost local and geo backup solution:
- Locally use doc/will/pics/video on Desktop
- Continuous backup differential on external SSD in home
- Once in couple of years place encrypted SSD at geo site
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by c.coyle » Sun May 06, 2018 6:39 am

I use Spideroak One. Similar to Dropbox, but paranoid-level security.

https://spideroak.com/one/

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by 18_bank_accounts » Sun May 06, 2018 10:53 am

Dropbox, plus a local Synology NAS that’s setup to sync one-way from Dropbox. It doesn’t delete files.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by LadyGeek » Sun May 06, 2018 11:39 am

Synology NAS can be subject to malware attacks unless you've followed the recommended security precautions. (I don't own one, but often see security hacks in the news.)
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by wfrobinette » Mon May 07, 2018 2:09 pm

retire14 wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:01 am
I am currently backing up my Mac with an external HD, but would like to find another backup mechanism. What backup service do you use and why? Is iCloud a good backup?Thanks.
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by Miriam2 » Mon May 07, 2018 2:53 pm

What is the best way to backup only Microsoft Office Outlook? On an external hard drive?

My Outlook crashed last night, whited-out then a window appeared "Outlook cannot open." Since I'm trying to store more emails in categories rather than print them out for paper files, a crash destroys my good intentions :(

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by jebmke » Mon May 07, 2018 2:56 pm

Miriam2 wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 2:53 pm
What is the best way to backup only Microsoft Office Outlook? On an external hard drive?

My Outlook crashed last night, whited-out then a window appeared "Outlook cannot open." Since I'm trying to store more emails in categories rather than print them out for paper files, a crash destroys my good intentions :(
I don't use Outlook but for Thunderbird, I just make sure that my mail is using IMAP servers; all the mail stays out on the server even when my local system has a copy. If my local system croaks I can restart the mail anywhere and the copies download to the client.
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by lostdog » Tue May 08, 2018 7:44 am

michaeljc70 wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:38 pm
Online, my photos are in Google Photos. My music is in Google Music. Everything else I use OneDrive. I got in the habit long ago of keeping all my data in one folder (with subfolders of course). This makes it very easy to backup. Since this doesn't include most media (music/photos), it doesn't take that much space and I don't have to pay any extra for space.

I go farther than most people probably in that I compress and encrypt the data before it is uploaded. I use a free tool for this (7-zip). That way if anyone ever got into my Onedrive, the data would be useless to them without the encryption password. I trust this more than any service made specifically for backups. Someone would have to know my OneDrive password (or hack into OneDrive) AND know my encryption password to get anything.

In addition, I take backups from my primary computer (laptop) and copy them to a desktop. Occasionally I copy a backup to a USB stick and throw it in the safe, but that is rare and inconvenient.
I do the same as you with 7 zip. Instead of OneDrive, I use Google drive. I also have 2 factor authentication setup on my Google account. I also have a local backup.
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by BogleMelon » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:18 pm

nisiprius wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:37 am
I'm testing Backblaze with Mac OS X. I've only been using it for four weeks and don't have a definitive opinion yet.

I'm quite unhappy about what Code42 (Crashplan) did, and it's too long a story but the reason why I'm not just using up my remaining year with them is that I just upgraded to a new Mac and (for the second time) Crashplan didn't install correctly. Crashes on launch, won't even get to "unable to connect to backup engine." Last time it took several calls to support and a "try this, try that" and finally it started working... mysteriously... I didn't want to bother to go through that again for a service that is abandoning me.

I think it is bizarre and disappointing that Apple, which has offered (paid) iCloud backup for iOS for years, still doesn't offer it for Mac OS... as far as I know.
I am currently in the market for a backup service, how did you find Backblaze? Thanks!
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by albireo13 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:08 am

I've been keeping files on Dropbox and also using an external HD with TimeMachine for backing up my MAC.

I am trying to minimize subscription services.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by jebmke » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:22 am

albireo13 wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:08 am
I've been keeping files on Dropbox and also using an external HD with TimeMachine for backing up my MAC.

I am trying to minimize subscription services.
Id Dropbox doing proper versioning? If not, all you really have is a mirror not a true backup.
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by bostondan » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:28 pm

I settled on the backup strategy listed below for my Macbook Pro using Arq and Carbon Copy Cloner. I have unlimited Google Drive space as an alumni benefit of my university. It's probably overkill, but it is (nearly) completely automated and is unlikely to fail unless something crazy were to happen.

- Arq: backup to Google Drive (versioning like Time Machine - hourly)
- Arq: backup to network drive (once daily at 2AM)
- Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC): create bootable clone of laptop on network drive (twice weekly)
- Carbon Copy Cloner: create bootable clone of laptop on local external hard drive (intermittent, about once every 3 weeks, I get a reminder to plug the drive in but otherwise it remains in a drawer safe from power surges or other similar issues).

This strategy allows me to rapidly restore files that I accidentally delete or that become corrupted in some other way (restore from Arq on network drive). If my local Arq backup drive dies, I can still more slowly restore over the internet from Arq on Google drive. If my laptop drive dies, I can very quickly get back up and running using the CCC clone on the network drive or the external drive.

The only thing I have to actively do in this strategy is plug the external drive in every few weeks. I only keep that part of the system to have a hard drive that isn't constantly connected to the internet or a power source.

I also use variations of this strategy to backup family member's computers, including my wife, my sister, and my brother-in-law. For them, I don't do the external hard drive step, since I want it to be fully automated. For my brother-in-law, I only set up Arq, without CCC, since the alternative for him was to not be backed up at all.
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by lightheir » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:36 pm

I think I key helpful think that is overlooked is MINIMIZING your 'sensitive' data footprint before you go on a backupfest.

My sensitive documents with potential personal information of value for thieves are almost all .pdfs, and even after 10 years of going all-digital, definitely don't even crack 50Gb (might even be 5Gb - it's shockingly small.) When your dataset is this small, it's very easy to encrypt the whole thing, and store multiple physical and digital copies wherever you want, and not be tied to any one provider.

Things like home videos are giant total sizes (1TB+) and I just use google photos for the offsite backup, automatic, no intervention needed.

I intentionally keep a 'light' working computer footprint (like Chromebook footprint) rather than a full-bore PC so I can keep my sensitive data hoard as light as moveable as possible. It's great - kind of like a minimalist living philosophy, except digital - the less 'stuff' you hoard, the less stuff you have to worry about losing or having misused as well as less time spent hunting down files that actually are important.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by Stinky » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:45 pm

JBTX wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:23 pm
Carbonite
+1

We’ve had two hard drive crashes in the past few years, and Carbonite was flawless in restoring our data.

They also have an app, so I can view backed up files from my computer on my phone. Kind of low tech, but it works.
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by mikedm » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:37 pm

I've been using Carbonite for years and have only had to actually use it once when I purchased a new PC about 3 years ago and needed to get access to all of my files. I keep all of my files on my PC hard drive and use Carbonite as my backup. However, my last annual renewal was $76.74, and I'm wondering if I should consider another service instead, for example Onedrive. The 50GB plan would meet my storage needs, which would be just under $24/year.

Furthermore, I see that I can get Office 365 Personal for $70/year which includes more storage than I would ever need (1TB) plus all of the Microsoft Office Apps, which is less than I'm currently paying for Carbonite alone. I currently have Microsoft Office 2007 installed on my PC, but the time will come when my current PC dies or will need to be replaced, at which time it may make sense, or be necessary, to go to a cloud service and maybe a Chromebook. In addition to saving pictures, I use Excel a lot, keeping spreadsheets going back for several years and update monthly, plus I've gone mostly paperless saving PDF's of financial documents (taxes, etc.) going back for several years.

Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated. I'm sure Carbonite provides advantages beyond what Onedrive offers. But I'm not very technologically sophisticated and want to keep things simple. I just want to be sure that I don't lose anything that I have gathered over the years.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by bhsuser » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:01 pm

Shikoku wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:54 pm
My computer uses rsync every hour to make incremental and snapshot backups to multiple external pocket-size hard drives. I keep one of those disks in my office at work and another in a safety deposit box. There is nothing better I can find that satisfies the way I like doing thing. I have been a rsync user for over 10 years and am very happy with it as I try not to put my data at the mercy of someone else.
I also use the rsync tool and I point the backups to *rsync.net*.

It's not the cheapest cloud storage platform and it's definitely not for novice users but it *does exactly what it says on the tin*.

As is discussed in this thread, the (free, open source) rsync tool is special because after the initial backup, wherein it sends all of your source files to the destination, on every subsequent run it sends only the changes that have occurred. In my own experience, my data changes less than 1% every night so I do a "full" backup in about 20 seconds every night at 1am.

I'm going to lose some people here and I apologize for getting into the weeds, but the reason I like this particular "cloud" (rsync.net) is that it's just plain old SSH/SFTP. In fact, it's sort of like an old fashioned UNIX login like I had in college. What this means is that I can just point filezilla (or my favorite Windows tool, WinSCP) to my account and it "just works".

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by LadyGeek » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:32 pm

You might also find that some people live in "the weeds". :)

I'm running Linux and use rsync as a daily backup. My script first rsync's to my Raspberry Pi (internal LAN) to grab my weather station database. I then rsync everything to an external drive.

My concerns about rsync to a cloud are the same as any other protocol transfer. You haven't mentioned anything about encryption, so how are you dealing with data privacy?

I subscribe to SpiderOak One which is a java app that runs on both Linux and MS Windows. It's a "Trust No One" model, so I have no concerns about online storage.
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by WestUniversity » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:53 pm

iCloud and an external 1 TB usb drive. I don't take chances with data...

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by bhsuser » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:16 am

LadyGeek wrote:
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My concerns about rsync to a cloud are the same as any other protocol transfer. You haven't mentioned anything about encryption, so how are you dealing with data privacy?
Data that I consider sensitive is uploaded not with 'rsync' but with a (relatively) new (free, open source) tool called "borg"[1] It has been referred to as the "holy grail of backup software".[2]

You can point it at any SSH/SFTP destination so you could point it to your own server / VPS (or in my case, to that same rsync.net account).

From my Windows system(s) I use WinSCP (which I have loved forever) and use the encrypted mode.[3]

[1] https://www.borgbackup.org/

[2] https://www.stavros.io/posts/holy-grail-backups/

[3] https://winscp.net/eng/docs/file_encryption

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by cheesepep » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:18 am

Backing up ONLINE is insane. One local copies for me.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by CardinalRule » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:03 am

When I first participated in this thread, I was a Mozy customer; now I am with Carbonite after it acquired Mozy.

No problems (or need to recover) so far, but I am considering IDrive (https://www.idrive.com/) once the Carbonite promotional pricing runs out. IDrive looks like a good value and I like being able to back up two different computers with one subscription.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by jebmke » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:16 am

CardinalRule wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:03 am
When I first participated in this thread, I was a Mozy customer; now I am with Carbonite after it acquired Mozy.

No problems (or need to recover) so far, but I am considering IDrive (https://www.idrive.com/) once the Carbonite promotional pricing runs out. IDrive looks like a good value and I like being able to back up two different computers with one subscription.
I have been running the free version of iDrive for about a year and a half. I periodically test the restore, randomly pulling files to another machine. So far, no glitches. On my list of things to do is look at Spider Oak as a permanent solution.
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by Quercus Palustris » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:55 am

LadyGeek wrote:
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My concerns about rsync to a cloud are the same as any other protocol transfer. You haven't mentioned anything about encryption, so how are you dealing with data privacy?
Have you looked at tarsnap (https://www.tarsnap.com/)? It seems like a good solution for Linux use (rsync to save deltas / reduce data usage, encrypted on client side so server breach doesn't compromise files).

I'd use it myself but too lazy to move off simple cron job that tar/xz/gpg's my important documents and sends it to Dropbox. Crude and only effective for a small # of files, but I only back up important documents (bad!)

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by dcabler » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:10 am

JBTX wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:23 pm
Carbonite
+1

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by Whakamole » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:20 am

I'm using BackBlaze right now after Wirecutter recommended it. Seems to run seamlessly, and needs less system resources (memory) than CrashPlan which I used to use.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by Just sayin... » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:56 am

Whakamole wrote:
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I'm using BackBlaze right now after Wirecutter recommended it. Seems to run seamlessly, and needs less system resources (memory) than CrashPlan which I used to use.
Same here (now BackBlaze, formerly CrashPlan). I have a desktop, a standby mini computer, and a laptop. The desktop and laptop are synced hourly, and the standby system is brought up once-a-month and synced with the other two systems - otherwise it’s off. The desktop is backed up to BackBlaze. I do occasional restores from BackBlaze and it seems to work well.

Here’s some data on Peter Krogh’s 3-2-1 backup rule that guided me:

https://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/f ... ptions.pdf

In summary:

3 copies of your data should be maintained.
2 independent storage mediums should be used.
1 backup copy should be stored offsite.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by Ice-9 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:18 am

I do the following:

* Backup entire Mac to Time Machine external drive

* Backup entire Mac to BackBlaze

* Sync specific items for various purposes using free Dropbox, free Google Drive, and paid OneDrive

* Among the aforementioned synced items are about 1.5 Gb of encrypted sensitive files that years ago have replaced my physical filing cabinet at home and are maintained in VeraCrypt containers in one of the cloud accounts. A Python script copies the containers to the other two cloud accounts every two weeks just to create extra backups so my filing cabinet is less likely to be lost forever. And of course all these copies are backed up to Time Machine and Backblaze.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by rj342 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:32 am

For noobs, just remember that online backup and sync are NOT the same thing!
Be careful how you configure things, as sync synchronizes deleting files too.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by JBTX » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:05 pm

Has anybody used the one drive that comes with the office subscription? How does that work?

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by jebmke » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:06 pm

JBTX wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:05 pm
Has anybody used the one drive that comes with the office subscription? How does that work?
One Drive is really more of a cloud storage solution than it is a proper back up solution. As a cloud storage solution, it works very well.
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by ncbill » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:35 pm

Which services still allow you to send/receive physical backups?

E.g., I clone my SSD to an external 2.5" hard drive, mail it to the provider, and then do incremental backups via internet.

And I can order a current version loaded onto a 2.5" hard drive if needed.

Since like most cable broadband subscribers, my upload speed is bupkis.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by whodidntante » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:45 pm

I realize rsync is more sophisticated and cross platform and has been around a lot longer, but I use robocopy because all my important stuff is accessible in windows anyway.

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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by LadyGeek » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:10 pm

ncbill wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:35 pm
Which services still allow you to send/receive physical backups?

E.g., I clone my SSD to an external 2.5" hard drive, mail it to the provider, and then do incremental backups via internet.

And I can order a current version loaded onto a 2.5" hard drive if needed.

Since like most cable broadband subscribers, my upload speed is bupkis.
Consider that you're not in a hurry to backup your drive. My Spider OAK ONE subscription took several days to upload my initial backup. After the initial backup was done, the incremental backups complete relatively quickly. Also, the service uses data deduplication to conserve space (and money), which can't be done by a simple backup image.
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:45 pm
I realize rsync is more sophisticated and cross platform and has been around a lot longer, but I use robocopy because all my important stuff is accessible in windows anyway.
I have several robocopy scripts for my MS Windows files. One to backup, the other to restore. As noted earlier, be careful about accidentally deleting files. For that reason, I have a 2nd external drive. If things really go south, I restore from my online backup. Been there, done that.
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Re: What backup service to use?

Post by Ice-9 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:31 pm

ncbill wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:35 pm
Which services still allow you to send/receive physical backups?

E.g., I clone my SSD to an external 2.5" hard drive, mail it to the provider, and then do incremental backups via internet.

And I can order a current version loaded onto a 2.5" hard drive if needed.

Since like most cable broadband subscribers, my upload speed is bupkis.
Backblaze will send you an external drive up to 8 TB if you don't feel like waiting for your data to download. I believe they charge you for the drive but refund it minus the shipping if you send it back within a certain amount of time.

Edit to add: https://help.backblaze.com/hc/en-us/art ... for-refund

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