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Old 08-31-17, 02:19 PM   #51
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Re: Best way to backup data?

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Does BackBlaze offer a Seed service (like CrashPlan and iDrive)? If so, your initial upload time could be cut down dramatically and you could focus on incremental backups after that.
I believe it doesn't. That seemed to be one of the disadvantages compared to the late CrashPlan, but I'm probably going with BB anyway.

I've already purchased extra space on OneDrive and have started uploading some files to there so I can take them off my HD.
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Old 09-13-17, 04:59 PM   #52
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Re: Best way to backup data?

I just got my 3TB iDrive seed yesterday.

I spoke with a CSR to find out whether I could use it to back up the 1.5GB of data I have on my NAS, and she told me that the seed drive would only work with my PC's internal HD and any drives I have that are physically attached to the PC - like an external USB drive or a WD MyBook, etc. Of course, if I back up those external drives and later disconnect them, I would be at risk of losing my cloud data during a later sync since it would look as if I had deleted the drive. I would have 30 days before those files would be goners.

Anyway, on my system my NAS is mapped as a local drive within Windows, and I asked about whether those could be backed up to the Seed. She confirmed for me that mapped drives would *not* be backed up when I ran the backup installed software. I would just have to use the native iDrive software on my Synology NAS and push all 1.5TB up through my ISP's 50/20 link. Oh well. It'll take a long time, but at least that'll work for me.

Funny thing, when I attached the seed drive and ran their installer, it -did- give me the option of backing up my mapped NAS drive. So I'm doing that now. When I ship it back to them they may delete those files, or they may plop them in my online backup account using the same drive letter that I have my NAS mapped to. I'm not worried about any sort of data collision - where files on my NAS being backed up using the Synology app would be duplicated by the files on my Seed drive - because they are going into different locations at iDrive - one for my NAS, the other for my PC. I have a 5TB account for the first year, so I won't overrun if two images of my 1.5TB NAS files show up... and if they *do* push the PC image of those files to my storage I can suspend the Synology app from it's 30-60 day push task and free up my bandwidth.
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Old 10-11-17, 04:34 PM   #53
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Re: Best way to backup data?

One month update:

I moved just under 2 TB of data from my mapped NAS drives to the seed drive, plus another 350 GB of data from my laptop, and shipped everything back. Took 3 days for the drive to arrive there, and another 5 for them to upload and make everything available. Everything I put on the seed drive is showing up in my online account, and everything seems to have been put in the correct locations. When I sync my "local" machine to their cloud, it captures everything from the C:, S:, and W: drives (S: is my mapped Synology NAS, W: is my mapped WD NAS) and does exactly what it's supposed to do.

So while iDrive says that officially, they don't support mapped drives when running their software to initially populate their seed drive - turns out that it works precicely as I had hoped it would.

This means I don't have to use the native Synology app on my NAS - everything that's on the NAS is already in the cloud and it appears where I want it to appear. I can access the cloud files from any PC or SmartPhone, which is a bonus. And if I ever replace the laptop, I can "adopt" the backup with whatever new PC I have *provided* that I map the two NAS drives and dont make any major changes to the file structure. By turning off the NAS iDrive app I keep it from pushing a second copy of all of that data through my not-terribly-fast internet connection.

I've had to go through a few minor clean-up steps - I can't tell for certain but it appears that a very few of my files have gone missing. Can't tell if they didn't transfer to the iDrive cloud from the seed drive or if I screwed up on this end and never put everything on the seed to begin with. But pushing the few files that I need to get to 100% coverage through my 50/20 link is fine by me - I'm just happy I didn't have to push 2-3 TB through that straw.

Can't beat the price - $7 for the first year. I'll reach out to them sometime before January to see if I can go ahead and buy two more years of storage at the student price.
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Old 10-12-17, 12:23 PM   #54
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Re: Best way to backup data?

If you're shopping for a CrashPlan replacement:
Linky: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/be...ackup-service/

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CrashPlan, our previous pick, recently quit the personal and home segment, while three other services received noteworthy updates since our previous update. After retesting the new versions, we think that Backblaze is the best cloud backup service for most people because of its useful features, good performance, and simple setup. If you need better performance or more flexibility to recover deleted or changed files and can afford to pay a little more, we also like IDrive Online Backup.
1. Backblaze

$5/month per computer (or $50/year per computer)
Unlimited storage
Ease of Set-up
No seeded backup

2. iDrive

$70/year per account (w/multiple computers)
2TB of storage
Network volumes, multiple version retention, deleted file retention
Free annual seeded backup/restore

Both services offer deals. iDrive is offering a 1-year 5TB account for $6.95 to current CrashPlan customers and has cheap EDU pricing. If you have neither a CrashPlan account nor an EDU mailing address, you can get a 1-year 2TB account for $13.90 with the right promotion. Haven't found a promo price for Backblaze, though $5/mo ($50/yr) doesn't really need much improving.
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