I couldnt access my old 2tb when I was off my home network - I hadnt thought about needing to set anything up and then when I was away...nothing! I had to rely on the lousy android app and could only use my phone
It's a great price but...... I have one of these, I am in Thailand and the drive is home in the UK and it's pretty useless. The app is really poor on Android but also so is the Windows10 web browser. Really really poor and clunky. When I get back to the UK, I am hoping it might be possible to downgrade the bios on the drive and use it more like a NAS
Have you not read the previous comments where everyone is warning people off these??
Anyone know if I could set this up to work with Plex?
Posted 6th AprPosted 6th Apr
My Cloud Expert Series EX2 Ultra (Recertified) - Cloud Storage / NAS £89.99 at Western Digital Shop£89.99 Free P&P FreeWestern Digital Shop Deals
Hopefully help someone. Came up in my search whilst looking to replace my old ex2. I believe the OS5 is an improvement on previous, but I’m going to get a newer symbology instead. … Read more
Since some phones dont come with a mmc slot, could you set up one of these as an instant backup/storage ? Sort of like a cloud memory card
Fair point, it's usually something outside your control. I currently store so my photos in Google Cloud and feel pretty safe with their security policies but if I was a target for this kind of thing, I might do something different.
That won't help you if the actual servers are hacked. Which is what happens in most cases
That's a simplification. The cloud is just "someone elses computer" and so even with strong password and 2FA there are security layers outside your control. For example in July hackers used social engineering and SIM swapping to access Twitter admin accounts, from there they easily took control of user accounts incl those with 2FA.
Posted 14th MarPosted 14th Mar
Dropbox 40% statement credit on Amex offers £57.53 for 1 year of 2tb£57.53£95.8840% off Free P&P FreeDropbox Deals
Many hate Dropbox, but whether you hate Dropbox or love it, for 2tb of reliable cloud storage this is a great deal with 40% statement credit if you have Amex offers. Likely limited… Read more
Free 1TB OneDrive storage for NHS workers/uni students when you use your NHS/uni address
Not much wrong with Dropbox. It's served us well for many years and still has a life despite Google/MS etc competition. Yes it's reliable, versatile, multi-platform, can work offline, and is shareable. I don't want Amex, but will still give Dropbox a thumbs-up.
I don't know why people vote cold but for what it does there is no alternative compared to dropbox. They have the best features and best mechanism for local sync. Sharing files is super easy. Works seamlessly across several devices. I tried, owncloud, Google drive, onedrive etc but to this day dropbox remains the most reliable for syncing all my work devices Unfortunately dropbox is expensive
Not voted, but for cloud storage I go for the 6 X 1Tb with Microsoft 365 when it's around £40 at Argos
haven't used Dropbox since Google drive appeared so just have a few junk email Gmail accounts setup for forum signups etc to get 15gb free on each
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Posted 4th MarPosted 4th Mar
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 11.6" Includes Microsoft 365 Personal 12-month subscription with 1TB Cloud Storage Laptop - Grey £199 ao.com£199 Free P&P Freeao Deals
Comes with Windows 10 OS & 1 year warranty Mind blowing specs not to be expected but cracking deal if you’re looking for a brand new laptop on a budget.
I'm just about to try cloudready out of curioisity!
Not dabbled with that one yet. My go-to has been Linux Mint for well over a decade now. Currently have CloudReady running on a small Atom-powered Asus, and it struggles. Might replace it with Solus and see what it's like. Only gets used for streaming music in the kitchen when I'm cooking - that's its sole purpose in life! If it can handle that competently, I'll be happy. :)
I've been using Solus lately and that is absoloutely rapid
My thoughts exactly. If one were to purchase it and get rid of Windows 10 S, replacing it with Cloud Ready (which is now Google owned), you'd have a suitably cheap 64GB/4GB Chromebook. In that regard, it's decent enough, but you're right in that it will struggle with more demanding tasks as a Windows machine. Great for the basics, though.
These *are* very light and passively cooled, I believe, so they're fine word-processing or very light office work. Most websites will feel quite laggy with this spec, mind you, so it's not going to be an all-rounder. Think if it as a chromebook alternative.
So many comments of “you can build this cheaper” is like offers on desktops. Certainly this is a good offer for anyone looking for convenience. Ready to use, warranty covering all (if you sunk drives you loose it) and WD interface is dead simple. Hot for me
Very cold from me I got a much better and faster TS-251D for £230 and 2 10tb would be less than £800.00
Options to Help Safeguard Your Data Multiple RAID options help you protect your digital library however you need By multiple options I assume they mean two. Neither of which will safeguard your data.
I've had some NAS drives that used their own OS and others which used standard formatting. I can't speak for this device but definitely worth researching IMHO.
I would argue that there is equally as much of a risk of failure between the two although that really only matters once you're outside of the warranty period. The greatest risk of failure is your hard drive as it's mechanical, I can't think of any occasions any of my hardware as failed so I think the risk is low. The benefit of a home built system is that you can replace one failed component and you can upgrade individual components if it becomes necessary, although you'll be able to spec up something more power for less money from day one so that may not be a problem. I don't envisage my set up drawing more than 40W at any one time at a cost of £40 to £45 a year in electricity if run constantly, given that mine will be light duty then I don't think it'll cost more than £20. What you need to weigh up is the annual cost of electricity against component cost as chasing for lower power consumption limits hardware choice and you may pay more in hardware than the saving you'd make; i.e. worry less about power consumption as buying cheaper hardware may be more cost effective overall. You could buy used components although I wouldn't with hard drives, or even find new old stock from a few generations ago to save money as even if you were unlucky enough to have something fail it'll still be cheaper overall replacing the failure.
Posted 27th JanPosted 27th Jan
Byron Wi-Fi Video Doorbell - Free Cloud Storage & Vacuum Storage bags £49.99 @ Home Bargains£49.99Home Bargains Deals
Does this deal come with the receiver pictured, it doesn't mention the receiver in the description.
You get free cloud storage with these but it isn't unlimited I think it might be around 7200 seconds free storage. If you registered the cameras before April 2020 any of the new cameras you bought such as the new outdoor one could use your free storage. If you register these after April 2020 you get free storage for these old models only and if you buy any of the newer models they will not be able to use your free storage you would need to buy a storage plan for the new versions.
It's indoor security
Use the much cheaper blink mini cameras indoors if you can plug them in easil. The quality is better and they have night vision which these ones don’t.
Posted 24th Dec 2020Posted 24th Dec 2020
Cryptomator app for encrypting your cloud data is 40% off until the end of the week £5.49 @ Google Play£5.49Google Play Deals
I suppose the key here is that this offers privacy and security functionality on top of cloud sync/storage. It's a different use case.
You could get the benefits offered by Cryptomator if you use it with OneDrive vault. Desktop Cryptomator is free. Here's an article for anyone who is interested in the differences between client-side encryption and OneDrive Vault https://www.boxcryptor.com/en/blog/post/onedrive-personal-vault-security/
It's quite the contrary. It's a great solution to avoid having your data stolen or viewed. Without Cryptomator, most of these proprietary cloud storage services can see exactly what data you're sitting with them. With Cryptomator you're the only one with access, because it's encrypted. Cryptomator has been around for quite a while, it's open source, and it uses zero knowledge encryption. Being open source means that the code is available for anyone to review and we can see exactly what it does, so it's trustworthy. You can encrypt your data using Cryptomator, then keep it with your cloud storage provider without them being able to see your stuff. The popular cloud storage providers are closed source, so you can't see their code. If you don't encrypt your data, they have access to it and it can potentially be hacked or leaked. Zero knowledge encryption means that you create the encryption key and your data is encrypted on your device before it is uploaded to the cloud, so you're the only one with access to the unencrypted data.
sounds like a great way to have your data stolen
The advantage with Cryptomator is that it's zero-knowledge/TNO (trust no one), and open source. I think with onedrive Microsoft must control the encryption keys rather than implementing client side encryption. Also onedrive is closed source I assume. It's the difference between your data being private and a third party potentially having access to it.
Posted 11th Dec 2020Posted 11th Dec 2020
£6.95 for 5TB online backup for 1 year via IDrive£6.95IDrive Deals
£6.95 for 5TB online backup for a year has to be a bargain right?
Thanks for the post RichSutton99. I'm looking for an alternative to my WD MyCloud unit for security in case the WD MyCloud breaks with all my data on it. Anyone who has used the IDrive promotions (of which there seem to be a few at $3.48/ first year and $6.95/ first year), have you had to pay in advance for the second year? Just, it says in the T&C's "You also agree that the enrollment for the next service period is automatic and paid in advance." IDrive T&Cs $3.48 first year Thanks.
Thanks for posting and congratulations on your first hotukdeals thread (y)
I just deleted my account - I got mine in feb, I think it was about £2.50 for the year, but didn't use it and wanted to be sure they didn't end up charging me for the renewal.
"Sign up today and get 25% off on your first year or get 50% off on your first year for a 2 year plan. " 2 year plan for 5TB is a fixed rate of £3.29 monthly, subject to currency fluctuations. Virtually the same as a 1 year contract. But with 10 different emails, you could have 5Gb each for free. Or get a Degoo account (which can operate with mutual link), and watch several ads, and it won't take long to get at least 1Tb of free storage
Fair point, guess that's the rub, I've updated the heading to read backup not storage. (y)
Most people using cloud storage are likely doing so for backup purposes. Would you trust your backups in the cloud with a no name service? I purchased a life time subscription of Zoolz for backups and they discontinued their personal accounts going full business service. Had a real pain moving everything off of them before they locked me out and still couldn't get all my larger files. Asus is a big name, not sure about the security around this service, encryption etc.
The problem is when you only upgrade every few years normally. Then the cost goes up when moving to subscription.
Therein lies the problem with standalone versions. I used to upgrade LR (standalone) every year, at a cost of around £80 per year, depending on if I can find a deal. Then they go out of date, eventually, and not work with new OS. However, with a sub, it's still £80 a year or less (depending on deals) and you always have the latest version and new features. I don't see a problem with subs personally, and I'm glad it went that way.
That's the real spirit of HUKD (y) thanks
For some people. Not everyone
don’t forget to purchase Amazon top up currently £5 extra on £80 spend
Posted 27th Oct 2020Posted 27th Oct 2020
Blink XT2 (2nd Gen) | Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera with Cloud Storage, 2-Way Audio, 2-Year Battery Life | 2-Camera £134.99 @ Amazon£134.99£179.9925% offAmazon Deals
Reduced again Extended battery life - 2-year battery life on two AA lithium batteries with a combination of two-way talk, Live View, and motion recording. Double the usage of th… Read more
All Blink XT2 camera sets now sold out. Replaced with the new Blink Outdoor system.
Having had both systems, I would say Arlo is superior (if you don't mind the battery consumption) Arlo has better image quality, night vision and the app is more fully featured. Blink is ok, if you want something to put up and forget, and you don't want to tinker. If your after compatibility with Google Home, forget Blink. If your after something comparable to Arlo, without subscriptions, look at Eufy. In summary, my Blink system has been quite trouble free, great battery life, pointless night vision, activity zones don't work particularly well. Just manage your expectations.
Thank you. :D
They serve two completely different purposes. I would suggest you take a look at some reviews on YouTube for Blink. If you want 24/7 surveillance, and better image quality (particularly at night) go for the Hikvision.
We have 4 sets of outdoor ones, three covering the back garden, one the front. All are still showing 'OK' on their original set of batteries coming up for a year of usage BUT I have ours set to activate at midnight and turn off at 07:45. Also have set trigger zones on the front garden one so it only triggers if someone gets close to the property overnight - which is surprisingly often although not with any malice ! If you had them running 24/7 then I can imagine battery life would be diminished. Far from rubbish, just perhaps not the choice if you want to run them 24/7. Picture quality is fine in daylight and acceptable at night under IR although it can be affected with a foggy appearance in certain weather conditions. It was the alert trigger aspect I was looking for overnight as we had a lost drunken garden visitor one night and in that respect I can't fault it. Is it going to trigger as soon as you wave your hand - no. But if you're there for more than a few seconds it would in my experience. Some day when prices fall a bit more I'll install a 4k dedicated, local storage setup for 24/7 coverage but for overnight alerts and footage, this is great for the price.
Posted 19th Oct 2020Posted 19th Oct 2020
Blink XT2 | Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera with Cloud Storage, 3-Camera System £194.99 Amazon£194.99 Free P&P FreeAmazon Deals
All Blink XT2 camera sets now sold out. Replaced with the new Blink Outdoor system.
No Problem, it's funny that you should've asked that question yesterday. I bought a Ring Doorview cam on primeday to run along side my existing Ring cams. All of my existing cams are hardwired either by mains power or PoE. I have just installed the Ring Doorview cam today which unlike my other cams is battery powered. In fact it's my first & only battery powered cam. Now there is a slight delay with notifications from all my wired cams but the delay on the battery powered Ring Doorview cam is ridiculous. Battery powered cams are going to be slower than wired cams as they tend to hibernate when not in use to conserve energy & only come out of hibernation when triggered by an alert but the slow wake up time makes the motion sensing fucntionality practically unusable when compared to the wired cams. Admittedly I am talking about Ring cams not this brand but I wouldn't have thought it wouldn't be much different as it's a fundemental difference between the two technologies. Wired or battery powered it is going to be the same no matter what brand. Hardwired cams are always going to out-perform battery powered cams.
We've all been led to believe that there's no way Blink type cameras will work on conventional Li-ion batteries. What kind of performance are you getting?
I tried to get clear confirmation about the free cloud storage on this XT2 camera but it was all too confusing and contradictory so I gave up. The love that execs have for roping folk into subscriptions seems to have distorted the security camera market. Imagine if you had to pay rental to use your home SLR camera or personal video recorder.
So I pressed the downgrade button, then got a series of messages near the expiry saying I was going to be over limit, etc. After expiry I went back through the VODA link and managed to get the deal 👏
You need to raise a request on chat/call them. I’ve waited 24h after it. Otherwise you will wait for 26.10
Thanks. Can I also ask did you have to wait until your iCloud downgraded to 5gb before redeeming ie mine has a date of 26/10 before it downgrades. Do I stack in advance or do I have to wait until it actually shows as 5gb?
No I didn’t loose anything
Posted 6th Oct 2020Posted 6th Oct 2020
Blink XT2 (2nd Gen) | Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera with Cloud Storage, 2-Way Audio, 2-Camera System £134.99 delivered at Amazon£134.99 Free P&P FreeAmazon Deals
Extended battery life - 2-year battery life on two AA lithium batteries with a combination of two-way talk, Live View, and motion recording. Double the usage of the XT on a single … Read more
Hopefully people didn't wait in anticipation of a better deal, as these are now being sold with huge mark-ups on both amazon and ebay. Clearly the new model is less attractive.
Oh my ! You have a lot of time to waste. Counting how many times the batteries were changed- let’s just go with you being a little efficient-NOT. Strange-most definitely. Anyhow, as I stated twice before, not everyone has had the same experience as myself. I do not however pat you on the back on your camera usage and prowess of utilising the product. I can only give my aspect. As far a changing the batteries, the cameras were all on 24 hrs a day as we live next to bigoted racists and have found multiple nailsat the bottom of our cars. So yes I had the cameras on all the time- trying to catch the racists. Damn camera died on me.. hope this clarifies all as to my camera usage. for the the love of all that is good and right- really? Come on I think we can be better.- manners
You changed the batteries more than 13 times before thinking they may be faulty?! Mine have lasted 18 months without battery change. Maybe email blink or amazon to see if they can help? (Blink being an Amazon company) Worth a shot I would say. They're both very customer focused companies.
Does anyone know of any hacks, to enable the USB port on the sink module, it does have power coming out of it, but inserting a USB stick does noting that I can see in the app settings ;-( As if Amazon deliberately nobbled it when they bought the company.
Like I posted before NOT everyone will have had the same experience as myself.. this site allows for honest experience of products. I can only give MY personal experience. It is always good to have comments from all aspects