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After hearing about the crazy tornado in OK my first thought was "I need to back up all my stuff incase that happens here!" So I've been looking around at cloud storage options, I'm not too concerned with price (would rather pay extra for a high quality service), need less than 100GB, and would prefer to have an easy way to get files onto there, for example simply clicking a button every few days before I go to sleep that will transfer all of the pre-specified folders onto it.

If you've used this before, what would you recommend?
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I just have accounts with Dropbox, Skydrive, and Google Drive. No paid subscriptions but I believe I have about 30GBs in total.
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What a refreshing change from the usual rant about being able to do one's own backups and keeping them where one can lay their hot little hands on them.

I've had good luck with Carbonite, having used it for several years. For $59/year, all my data (data only, not system files) is automatically encrypted and uploaded to Carbonite's servers. All this takes place in the background and does not interfere with my use of the computer. That data can be accessed from any computer (with the correct password). Carbonite also has other plans (for more money, of course) that allows things such as backing up external drives, multiple computers, etc. You do need a decent broadband connection.

Keep in mind any cloud server is only as good as the hardware in the servers, same as it would be in your home, and is subject to failure. Thus, the need for redundant backups. A bare bones minimum backup scheme would include a local backup that is kept connected to the computer (such as an external HDD that is connected to the computer only during a backup) and an offsite backup (such as a cloud backup or a HDD in a bank safe deposit box). That way, if one fails, the other, hopefully, will survive. Obviously, the more backups in multiple locations that one has, the less likely one will suffer a total loss.

I personally have three HDDs for each one in operation that I use for backups. Two are stored in an easily accessible antistatic storage "crate" in a drawer. The third one is kept in a safe deposit box in the fireproof vault at my credit union. The HDDs in the safe deposit box get swapped out at least once a month. I have three 160GB HDDs I use to back up the SDD the C:/ of my desktop rig is on, three 2TB HDDs for each data drive in my desktop, and three 500GB HDDs to back up my notebook. I do full backups once a week and anytime I generate important data. On top of that, there is the Carbonite backup. It may seem anal but most of my data is irreplaceable or expensive to replace.

One more comment about Carbonite. File uploading and downloading for Carbonite is slow. If you have a lot of data to be uploaded, it's usually best to run your computer 24/7. The biggest reason I have Carbonite is to cover the data that was generated since the offsite backups were made. that way, if I loose all my data at home from, for example, a fire, I can quickly recover most of my data, then use Carbonite to recover the data that was generated since the offsite backup was made. If I tried to recover everything from Carbonite, it could take weeks, or even a month or more, to recover everything (I have a lot more data than you).
     
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I have a paid Dropbox Pro 100GB subscription with "Packrat" (versioning) for $138 a year. If you go monthly billing, it's $13.98 (9.99 Pro + 3.99 Packrat) per month or $167.76 per year. Last I checked, Dropbox still won't let you select which folders to backup. Instead, you get a Dropbox folder and everything you store in that folder gets automatically synced to the Dropbox server and other computers where you have Dropbox installed. Free version gives you 2GB but they give you lots of ways to increase storage (e.g. 500MB/referral * 32 referrals = 16GB, Dropquest, Camera upload 3-5GB, etc). I use Dropbox for personal documents, family photos and videos, ebooks and source code.

I've got the above-mentioned data duplicated on the following:
laptops x3 (via Dropbox)
desktops x3 (via Dropbox)
file server
portable USB3 HDD
portable USB3 SSD
Dropbox server
SkyDrive (photos only)

I also have Box.net and SugarSync accounts but I don't really use those. With the new Google policy change combining Gmail, Drive and Picasa storage, I think I'll probably use Picasa a lot more now.

Another option I've been considering recently is CrashPlan for large non-personal data that I'd still hate to lose.
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File uploading and downloading for Carbonite is slow. If you have a lot of data to be uploaded, it's usually best to run your computer 24/7.

How much are you putting on Carbonite? The entire library that you put on the HDD's or a more select bunch of files?
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Dropbox still won't let you select which folders to backup.

That seems like a hassle. If you're doing that it would be easier to just put everything on a private server if you're going to have to go through your entire drives and handpick the folders to backup every time you want to do it. I would definitely prefer something that lets me preselect the folders to backup (ie. "business", "tax docs", etc) and just have it run itself every night when I'm asleep.
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I like skydrive for my cloud needs. Fairly cheap too.
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How much are you putting on Carbonite? The entire library that you put on the HDD's or a more select bunch of files?
That seems like a hassle. If you're doing that it would be easier to just put everything on a private server if you're going to have to go through your entire drives and handpick the folders to backup every time you want to do it. I would definitely prefer something that lets me preselect the folders to backup (ie. "business", "tax docs", etc) and just have it run itself every night when I'm asleep.

I've never been in the habit of using the default User/Documents folder so it was barely a transition for me. I always had my own folder on the root of the drive (or a secondary drive). Now, I just have the Dropbox folder in root and use that as my default folder for storage.
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I have a paid Dropbox Pro 100GB subscription with "Packrat" (versioning) for $138 a year...

Carbonite also has versioning on all its plans. It will keep earlier versions of files for 30 days.
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I have a paid Dropbox ...Another option I've been considering recently is CrashPlan for large non-personal data that I'd still hate to lose.


CrashPlan has had problems from time to time with ridiculously slow uploads in the past. Their servers aren't particularly reliable, either. If, for some reason, you don't access your data or add to it for 30 days, they will delete it (Carbonite will keep your data for as long as you pay for it).
     
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How much are you putting on Carbonite? The entire library that you put on the HDD's or a more select bunch of files?...

I have 217GB on Carbonite right now. Carbonite automatically uploads all data files except videos and files over a certain size (I forget what the limit is; you can find out on their site). You can manually tell Carbonite to upload video and large files via the right click menu, however. Carbonite doesn't back up system files, such as the OS, although you can "cheat" by making an image of the boot partition and uploading it. It also doesn't normally upload .exe files, either. I keep all program installation files I download in a folder in case I have to reinstall one or I need to revert to an earlier version. For some odd reason Carbonite will have changed the .exe extension to something else when you recover it but all you have to doe is change it back to .exe and it will work again.
     
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Several options are being recommended above by the community members and all of them are equally good depending on the needs of user and organizations. I have also used a couple of cloud storage services which I found good and reliable to synchronize and backup my entire data on the cloud-based server. If I would be the person to suggest you something, then I will recommend you to go with Dropbox or Google Drive. Although, the subscription plan is overpriced to some extent but for the users who have specific needs and do not have concerns on pricing then this option more than good for them.

You may explore some other best cloud storage options (some of the cheapest and reliable ones are linked) here. I'd not recommend you Crashplan because it is more like a backup option, not a storage one. By the way, what is your need for data storage? storage and uploading size?
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