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Cloud storage AKICOLJ

Can anyone recommend a good cloud storage / backup / sync service? Doesn't have to be free. Looking for unlimited storage. I'd prefer a service that keeps the same directory structure and one where you tell the application which folders to backup rather than one of the oversimplified ones that automatically search for files to back up.

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louisedennis
Apr. 15th, 2014 10:10 am (UTC)
To what extent is the material you want to backup reducible/simplifiable to ascii/utf? because most version control systems will handle those kinds of files really well (but tend to be less good at binaries, images and executables). If a version control system will work for you then there are a range of service providers you could look at and since they are aimed at programmers they tend to give you a lot of control over how the system works.
philmophlegm
Apr. 15th, 2014 10:22 am (UTC)
The usual mixture of work files, music, game saves and lots of pdfs. I have no idea how "reducible/simplifiable to ascii/utf" that is.

I'm looking for something that's straightforward to control. Lots of things aimed at programmers seem to be stupidly complex - I'm not a programmer. I just want to tell the service what to backup, when to back it up and how many copies to keep. We currently use an application called GFI Backup to backup to a NAS drive, but since we now have FTTC broadband, and since the NAS drive is full, we can explore cloud options as an alternative.

My ideal cloud storage service would probably simply appear as an extra drive in Windows Explorer, but I'm not sure if that exists. Oh and I suppose the ideal service would also work with iOS and Android, but since iOS seems to lack even the most basic of file managers*, that seems to be impossible.





* Who thought this was a good idea?
louisedennis
Apr. 15th, 2014 10:33 am (UTC)
I think iOS deliberately restricts access to the file system in order to assist in sandboxing applications and reduce the potential for security exploits.

It sounds like version control isn't really suitable for your stuff - reducible to ascii/utf basically means it is a plain text file or the important parts of it can be stored as plain text.

I use a mixture of local storage via time machine, and various version control systems to sync stuff with work (and DropBox for quick and dirty syncing of images and videos). I don't know how configurable time machine is (nor whether there is something similar for windows - I get the impression there is). I know Bill has some way of using it with offsite storage (I find it too slow to be practical over a network) though Bill's solution may just involve an external hard drive that he carries back and forth with him.

So umm… no, I probably can't help here.
bunn
Apr. 15th, 2014 11:16 am (UTC)
My current http://www.sosonlinebackup.com/ service has 100GB, of which I'm only using 40, but looking at their site, I see that they now offer unlimited space.
philmophlegm
Apr. 15th, 2014 11:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think SOS is definitely a contender.
phina_v
Apr. 16th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
I think pelago uses Jungledisk. Can't tell you much about it I'm afraid.
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