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Windows 7: Data Storage via Google

08 Nov 2013   #21
gregrocker

 

Another way to Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive - Windows 7 Forums. This has worked for me without a hitch for over a year now.

I just can't stomach any installed Google program or staying signed into their sites, which immediately overrides Opt Out of Network Advertising and pastes ads based on whatever I searched that day. MS and Firefox seem to avoid this.


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08 Nov 2013   #22
UsernameIssues

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There are a lot of people in New Orleans whose computers, external HDDs, CDs, DVDs... are now in the Gulf of Mexico. I wonder how some of the data in the Philippines is fairing right about now.

There are offsite storage solutions that are essentially an agreement between you and a friend in another location.
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08 Nov 2013   #23
kado897

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You should not rely on one solution for your backups. Cloud is just one such.
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08 Nov 2013   #24
UsernameIssues

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
You should not rely on one solution for your backups. Cloud is just one such.
True. I should have said:
There are offsite storage solutions that are essentially an agreement between you and friends in other locations.
:-)
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08 Nov 2013   #25
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
There are a lot of people in New Orleans whose computers, external HDDs, CDs, DVDs... are now in the Gulf of Mexico. I wonder how some of the data in the Philippines is fairing right about now...
Which is one reason why Carbonite (a paid cloud backup, not storage, service) is one of my four backups.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
...There are offsite storage solutions that are essentially an agreement between you and a friend in another location.
CrashPlan is one of those solutions. It has a free service that allows you to backup your data on a friend's computer (and vice versa). CrashPlan also has its own servers you can backup your data to but they have had a poor track for that in the past. Also, if your computer doesn't access or update your data at least once a month, CrashPlan will delete it, even if your account is paid up.
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08 Nov 2013   #26
Lady Fitzgerald

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
You should not rely on one solution for your backups. Cloud is just one such.
True that! Multiple backups are vital to reasonably ensure your data is protected.
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08 Nov 2013   #27
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

There seems to some confusion with terms. Storage is not the same as backup. Storage just refers to where you park your data. Backup refers to a duplicate of data kept in a safe place so it can be recovered should the original data be lost or corrupted.
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08 Nov 2013   #28
kado897

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Synchronised cloud storage is not really a safe backup solution. Consider the case where you accidentally delete the data on your PC. How long will it be before that is deleted in the cloud?
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08 Nov 2013   #29
gregrocker

 

As it says in Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive - Windows 7 Forums any accidentally deleted data is in your recycle bin on each device where it has sync'd. So it is never lost entirely unless you empty the Recycle Bin on each device before you notice it was deleted. For this reason I peruse Recycle Bin before emptying.

I also use SyncToys to back up my User folders every three days. This is set to Contribute so that it doesn't delete anything, making the backup an archive as well. In each Backup folder I have access to everything I've ever had in each User folder.
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08 Nov 2013   #30
Lady Fitzgerald

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Synchronised cloud storage is not really a safe backup solution. Consider the case where you accidentally delete the data on your PC. How long will it be before that is deleted in the cloud?
Depends on the backup scheme used. In the case of Carbonite, backed up data is versioned for 30 days. For example, I backup a file to Carbonite. Carbonite will hold that file as long as it remains on my computer. It will not delete it until 30 days after I delete the original on my computer. If I change a file, Carbonite will also keep the unchanged version of the file for 30 days after the change is made before deleting it.
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