Using a cloud to Back up images

Community Beginner ,
Jul 27, 2016

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Hello!

I have a plan to step my game up in file storage and backing up my images.

I want to use multiple external HDs to store images, with my lightroom catalogue on my internal HD so what ever HD is plugged in it can read without issues.

I want to back up all my images to a cloud. Auto 'behind the scenes' backing up.

Anyone have recommendations on the best cloud software to use?

And tips about making this transition?

Many thanks!

Louis

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 28, 2016

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I don't use cloud storage... I have a USB3 docking station and multiple "bare" drives

http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-SuperSpeed-Docking-Station-Cooling/dp/B0055PL2YI or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147511

Also, Adobe does not sell extra cloud storage, so you may need to look to another company

-Special Photography Plan includes 2Gig of Cloud storage

-Full plan for individuals includes 20Gig of Cloud storage

-Team plan for business includes 100Gig of Cloud storage

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 28, 2016

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I have my entire computer hard drive(s) backed-up nightly on Backblaze.  I learned my lessons a long time ago.  You can never have too many backups.  Backblaze has saved my butt more than a few times.

www.backblaze.com/

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web Design & Publishing

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 28, 2016

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Thanks Nancy, this was one of the brands I was looking at but decided not to after finding out they delete all data after 30 days of no action! I will be travelling alot and may not be backing up all the time.

Crash Plan and google drive are also options if you know much about these or more?

Thanks

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 28, 2016

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Um... I think you may have misunderstood.  Basically, you have 2 backups including older files and the newest in case you ever need to revert to an older one.  Believe me, this is a handy thing to have.

After 30 days of non-use only the older files are removed.  The current ones are still there.   But you need to be online fairly regularly to maintain steady backups.  If you're on the road where internet access is sporadic, you'll need to backup manually when you can.

I use Google Drive for some things, mostly to share files with colleagues and family.  Google Drive can't handle my 1 TB hard drive, though. 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web Design & Publishing

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Jul 30, 2016

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I sync all my active documents and files (about 1 TB) through the cloud to Dropbox so that they're available on any of my computers, my mobile devices, and the Web. Dropbox also keeps 30 days of versions of all my files. I also sync my assets (stock photos I've purchased over the years, fonts, scripts, etc.) through Microsoft OneDrive. I pay a subscription for Office365, which comes with 1 TB of OneDrive storage.

All of the above sync live to two other computers via Dropbox and OneDrive.

One of those computers, my network media and backup server, also uploads them daily to SOS Backup, a cloud backup service that stores every version for 1 year. It does the same for my archives of not currently active files. That server also copies all the files to another internal hard drive on a one week cycle (overwriting files after 7 days).

Time Machine on two Macs backups all the active and archived files as well.

Thus, I have redundant backups as well as all my files available to every device at all times.

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