Unlimited Secure Cloud Storage from Amazon - £55 per annum.
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Unlimited Secure Cloud Storage from Amazon - £55 per annum.

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Found 24th Aug 2016
I'm always amazed at the amount of people who lose data and then moan about it.

Nowadays, there's not really any excuse. Assuming your data is valuable then you should be prepared to pay to back it up / store it.

Local backups AND cloud backups are ideal for this. At only £55 per year for UNLIMITED storage this is excellent value.

Unlimited Secure Storage from Amazon. Three month free trial. After your free trial, Unlimited Storage plan is just £55/year. Cancel at any time.

Unlimited Storage

- For photos, videos, music, documents and more

- Accessible via phone, tablet or computer

- Safe and private with Amazon security

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Would be all over this if i could get fibre at my house - 1meg upload and 2tb of data don't really go together

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jrw

Would be all over this if i could get fibre at my house - 1meg upload and … Would be all over this if i could get fibre at my house - 1meg upload and 2tb of data don't really go together


I currently pay for extra space on Google Drive, i'll see if they react to this. If not i'll probably jump ship in the near future.

Glorified rapidshare. Anything coud is bad, why put your documents in their hands where they're privy to it and a leak could lay your life bare?
Edited by: "MadonnaProject" 24th Aug 2016

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MadonnaProject

Glorified rapidshare. Anything loud is bad, why put your documents in … Glorified rapidshare. Anything loud is bad, why put your documents in their hands where they're privy to it and a leak could lay your life bare?


If they really want to spy on my holiday snaps (me on the beach = not that amazing!), my dodgy taste in music or poor film choices they're more than welcome to it.

They should give you this with Prime, or visa vesra

They should at least give prime members a discount.

unlimited photos with prime.....

BackBlaze look to be a bit cheaper, $5 per month (+ VAT?):

backblaze.com/clo…tml

Still, heat for the heads up...

paulj48

They should give you this with Prime, or visa vesra



you do get storage with prime. its not unlimited though.

Deedie

you do get storage with prime. its not unlimited though.


you sure? have you got a link as I thought it was only storage for photos and not just files of any type?

Please Check Terms and Conditions First .
"Videos less than 20 minutes in length and smaller than 2 GB in size can be streamed through the Amazon Drive website and mobile applications. Amazon Drive streaming is not available for videos longer than 20 minutes or larger than 2 GB, but these can be stored in Amazon Drive for you to download and watch offline."

Supported Photo and Video Formats
You can view the photos and videos stored in your Amazon Drive account from the website, Fire devices, and the Amazon Photos app for iOS and Android, as long as your photos and videos are one of the common file types listed below. You can upload photo and video formats not listed below, but previews of those files may not be available in Amazon Drive.

For photos: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, and most TIFF and RAW format files. For more information about supported RAW formats, go to About RAW Photo Files.

Full Details Here ,

amazon.co.uk/gp/…590
Edited by: "rajoka" 24th Aug 2016

MadonnaProject

Glorified rapidshare. Anything coud is bad, why put your documents in … Glorified rapidshare. Anything coud is bad, why put your documents in their hands where they're privy to it and a leak could lay your life bare?



That's why I encrypt all my none phone photographs before uploading to one drive, using a massive encryption key - the beauty with cloud storage being so slow, using a hugely costly encryption algorithm isn't the slow part of the process.

I've not got round to converting my encryption to a universal windows app, so my photographs taken with my phone get sent to the cloud in the raw, but having just have a phone stop working, this has it's own advantages.

mike
Edited by: "mbuckhurst" 24th Aug 2016

For most people unlimited is still severely limited by the speed of their internet connection (especially upload speed).

Virgin's 100Mb cable for instance is only 6Mb up and would take 2 weeks running 24/7 to upload 1TB of your unlimited allocation.

My main computer os, installed apps and documents backup is about 60GB or a 24 hour upload on that 100Mb Virgin connection.

Cold as this seems to be for a single device/person.

Crashplan offer a Family package that covers up to 10 devices at about $300 for 24 months.
Around Christmas and New Years they nearly always have a deal. I renewed this year for two years at 50% off, so $150/£100 for 10 devices for 2 years, plus 2 months free extra.

Upload speeds ARE a limitation, but these services aren't for backing up you DVD collection really.
Unless you're adding GBs of files per week to your setup, it's fine to let it trickle upload and then continually update.

Regardless, any backup is better than nothing.

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Skyhiigh

Cold as this seems to be for a single device/person.Crashplan offer a … Cold as this seems to be for a single device/person.Crashplan offer a Family package that covers up to 10 devices at about $300 for 24 months.Around Christmas and New Years they nearly always have a deal. I renewed this year for two years at 50% off, so $150/£100 for 10 devices for 2 years, plus 2 months free extra.Upload speeds ARE a limitation, but these services aren't for backing up you DVD collection really. Unless you're adding GBs of files per week to your setup, it's fine to let it trickle upload and then continually update.Regardless, any backup is better than nothing.


I'd argue that $300 per annum is overkill for most people. Also, lots of other options available but i'd feel more comfortable using a large, more mainstream company for such a thing.

I find these things encourage unnecessary attachment. Sometimes folk become overly anxious or concerned about backing up their data and all that. Relax. Let go of attachments. You'll have to let it all go in the end anyway. Live free. Be free.

Seems like a reasonable price for the service though!

Anyone that's used more than one of these services (Amazon/Backblaze/Crashplan) able to comment on which service they preferred the best? I've got a 20TB server that I'd like to have offsite backups for and still can't decide between these services.

At the minute Crashplan appeals for the multi computer back up option at $150 for a year which is a bargain, but Backblaze offer from reviews much better speeds as well as a great price at under £50 and Amazon appeals because it's billed in our currency so price changes and the data being stored on European servers also appeals.

mbuckhurst

That's why I encrypt all my none phone photographs before uploading to … That's why I encrypt all my none phone photographs before uploading to one drive, using a massive encryption key - the beauty with cloud storage being so slow, using a hugely costly encryption algorithm isn't the slow part of the process.I've not got round to converting my encryption to a universal windows app, so my photographs taken with my phone get sent to the cloud in the raw, but having just have a phone stop working, this has it's own advantages.mike


Activating MFA on your OneDrive account is sufficient, OneDrive has not been hacked yet but using MFA will not make you the lowest hanging fruit when they do.

How much does other companies charge for unlimited cloud ?? as £55 per year still sounds expensive.

I too am currently stuck with a pretty poor ADSL connection. I worked out that my 2TB backup would take a good few weeks of solid upload... it's never going to go smoothly, so I imagine it'd take months to sort.

Instead I've got a portable USB3.0 drive that I sync with my photos, music and docs every month. The drive sits in a ziplock in the car and the drive is encrypted. It's in the car so if my house burns down, I'll still have something... and it's encrypted in case the car gets nicked.

It does take discipline to backup every month... but the drive should last a few years. For me it worked out far cheaper.

wasabimaster

Activating MFA on your OneDrive account is sufficient, OneDrive has not … Activating MFA on your OneDrive account is sufficient, OneDrive has not been hacked yet but using MFA will not make you the lowest hanging fruit when they do.



I'm not worried about my account getting hacked, I'm more worried about the cloud provider having access to the data. Protecting the data from someone logging into my account is a secondary benefit, this is especially true of a cloud service that I have no control over which country the data is stored and potentially which country has jurisdiction over the data.

mike

Solly92

For most people unlimited is still severely limited by the speed of their … For most people unlimited is still severely limited by the speed of their internet connection (especially upload speed). Virgin's 100Mb cable for instance is only 6Mb up and would take 2 weeks running 24/7 to upload 1TB of your unlimited allocation. My main computer os, installed apps and documents backup is about 60GB or a 24 hour upload on that 100Mb Virgin connection.



Generally speaking, though, most of your backup will be a once only process, so yes it might take 24hrs to write the data initially, you probably only change a very small amount daily, which is easily managed.

I personally setup a cheap windows tablet as my cloud manager, it came with 1 years office 365 which ultimately gave me 5TB for one year, plus 3 others, this is then connected to a USB disk and manages the encryption before putting the data in the onedrive mirror locally, which gets uploaded over time, it probably took less than a week to transfer the initial 400GB of data, and now it's more or less real time as I add photos.

mike

OK, main question, will this work well with plex?

I don't think Amazon Drive has a syncing facility yet do they? Meaning you have to manually upload all of your new and modified files which is poor.

ipswich78

I'd argue that $300 per annum is overkill for most people. Also, lots of … I'd argue that $300 per annum is overkill for most people. Also, lots of other options available but i'd feel more comfortable using a large, more mainstream company for such a thing.



​$300 per 24 months, that's $150 per year for 10 devices. $15 per year per device, as opposed to £55.

Crashplan is one of, if not the biggest cloud backup specialists.

GuigsyUK

I too am currently stuck with a pretty poor ADSL connection. I worked … I too am currently stuck with a pretty poor ADSL connection. I worked out that my 2TB backup would take a good few weeks of solid upload... it's never going to go smoothly, so I imagine it'd take months to sort.Instead I've got a portable USB3.0 drive that I sync with my photos, music and docs every month. The drive sits in a ziplock in the car and the drive is encrypted. It's in the car so if my house burns down, I'll still have something... and it's encrypted in case the car gets nicked.It does take discipline to backup every month... but the drive should last a few years. For me it worked out far cheaper.



​This is fine, I had a similar method but the max loss of data is 1 month, plus as you say, you need discipline.

Cloud = set and forget.

2TB will take a while initially but unless you're adding GBs a day, it'll then sync in near real time.

Astec123

Anyone that's used more than one of these services … Anyone that's used more than one of these services (Amazon/Backblaze/Crashplan) able to comment on which service they preferred the best? I've got a 20TB server that I'd like to have offsite backups for and still can't decide between these services. At the minute Crashplan appeals for the multi computer back up option at $150 for a year which is a bargain, but Backblaze offer from reviews much better speeds as well as a great price at under £50 and Amazon appeals because it's billed in our currency so price changes and the data being stored on European servers also appeals.



​20TB is a lot, unless you've got a great fibre upload speed it'll take a long time.

Regardless, Glacier could be an option. Just be careful of their pricing model if you have to pull data out.https://medium.com/@karppinen/how-i-ended-up-paying-150-for-a-single-60gb-download-from-amazon-glacier-6cb77b288c3e#.wnzp1aebb

Snowball would be fast, but the cost isn't cheap.

GuigsyUK

Instead I've got a portable USB3.0 drive that I sync with my photos, … Instead I've got a portable USB3.0 drive that I sync with my photos, music and docs every month. The drive sits in a ziplock in the car and the drive is encrypted. It's in the car so if my house burns down, I'll still have something... and it's encrypted in case the car gets nicked.


I do something similar but keep my second USB drive in a drawer at work, would the constant temperature change especially in winter not effect the disk in the car, especially from condensation?

itsdavidjones1984

OK, main question, will this work well with plex?



Not unless you are well versed with Linux and acl

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itsdavidjones1984

OK, main question, will this work well with plex?


With Plex Pass yes: support.plex.tv/hc/…ers

My only concern would be speed between the two services.

ipswich78

With Plex Pass yes: … With Plex Pass yes: https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/203082447-Supported-Cloud-Storage-ProvidersMy only concern would be speed between the two services.



​That my my concern also. Thanks for a sensible reply unlike the guy above

danjames922

Not unless you are well versed with Linux and acl



​Do you even know what plex is? Plex pads allows you to link with cloud storage. I wanted to hear from people who have used amazon cloud for this. Speeds etc

paulj48

I do something similar but keep my second USB drive in a drawer at work, … I do something similar but keep my second USB drive in a drawer at work, would the constant temperature change especially in winter not effect the disk in the car, especially from condensation?



I move around between offices, so I don't have a permanent desk at work... plus I'd have to remember to take it home and I'm bad enough just bothering to get it from the car every month. Yes, leaving it in the car is not the best conditions for a portable drive, but it's a 2.5", so it should be reasonably robust and I'm only using it occasionally. It does get warmed/cooled to room temperature before its used. I should probably put a silicon gel sachet in the ziplock... Thanks for the idea.

And yes, once per month is not instant... but most of my data is static. I'm taking the risk on the last few weeks, but like many, it's only a few GB per month that changes. I would prefer the convenience of cloud backup (using a nice auto-sync'ing app), but with ADSL and the volume of my digital horde, I'm not convinced it's practical... and drives are still cheaper. If I ever get the option of fibre TTC/cable, I might switch to cloud... the price is dropping all the time too.
Edited by: "GuigsyUK" 25th Aug 2016

GuigsyUK

I too am currently stuck with a pretty poor ADSL connection. I worked … I too am currently stuck with a pretty poor ADSL connection. I worked out that my 2TB backup would take a good few weeks of solid upload... it's never going to go smoothly, so I imagine it'd take months to sort.Instead I've got a portable USB3.0 drive that I sync with my photos, music and docs every month. The drive sits in a ziplock in the car and the drive is encrypted. It's in the car so if my house burns down, I'll still have something... and it's encrypted in case the car gets nicked.It does take discipline to backup every month... but the drive should last a few years. For me it worked out far cheaper.


Make sure you tie your shoelaces.

GuigsyUK

I too am currently stuck with a pretty poor ADSL connection. I worked … I too am currently stuck with a pretty poor ADSL connection. I worked out that my 2TB backup would take a good few weeks of solid upload... it's never going to go smoothly, so I imagine it'd take months to sort.Instead I've got a portable USB3.0 drive that I sync with my photos, music and docs every month. The drive sits in a ziplock in the car and the drive is encrypted. It's in the car so if my house burns down, I'll still have something... and it's encrypted in case the car gets nicked.It does take discipline to backup every month... but the drive should last a few years. For me it worked out far cheaper.


What if your car burns down?

itsdavidjones1984

​That my my concern also. Thanks for a sensible reply unlike the guy above



That is a perfectly sensible reply, you could write your own routines for Plex, looking at the Plex forums, most seem to be writing these things in Python or to run on Linux servers. Of course you'd need to be well versed in programming and Linux, hence his comment I guess.

mike

All this cloud backup is fine for lazy people. I updated my OneDrive, online with a live chat, to 1tb for free and went into it. Imagine my surprise when all my files and pictures weren't there anymore!!!. 2 weeks later and a meagre £50 compensation and only half my files retrieved. The £50 got me a 2tb drive to back everything up on. At least I know where everything is now.
The 1tb is now just storing throwaway stuff.

It wasn't the Cloud. It's the idiots who operate it.
Edited by: "o1nk000" 26th Aug 2016

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o1nk000

All this cloud backup is fine for lazy people. I updated my OneDrive, … All this cloud backup is fine for lazy people. I updated my OneDrive, online with a live chat, to 1tb for free and went into it. Imagine my surprise when all my files and pictures weren't there anymore!!!. 2 weeks later and a meagre £50 compensation and only half my files retrieved. The £50 got me a 2tb drive to back everything up on. At least I know where everything is now.The 1tb is now just storing throwaway stuff.It wasn't the Cloud. It's the idiots who operate it.


Or some might say the person who ONLY relied on a single / cloud backup. Local backup (at least one) and cloud is the way to go. It all depends on what you are using it for as well. The cloud isn't only for backing up.

The most important thing about backups, is that you check them, otherwise the day will come when you want them and you'll find they're gone. Ideally you'd check the contents against the originals too.

mike

I'm using a free service called CloudHQ

my phone/work photos backup to google drive, cloudHq then transfers them to my box.com account, which downloads to my home pc.

Hopefully thats useful to someone.

note; I have a much larger stroage space on box than the 15gb with google drive.
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