Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Apr 2012 17:39 UTC
Google Well, this has been a very, very long time in the making. Google has finally unveiled its big Dropbox competitor: Google Drive. You start with 5GB for free, and you can go all the way to 1TB for $50 per month. This is a big deal for many (if you were to use rumouring as a gauge), but all I can think of is this: why on earth would you entrust your files to a company - any company - whose sole interest is extracting money from you, and who, to boot, is subject to crazy American laws?
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RE[2]: Yeah, I don't get it either.
by jebb on Wed 25th Apr 2012 16:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Yeah, I don't get it either."
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It really depends on your usage case then. I have no interest in accessing my files from outside (can't from the company LAN, and don't have a smartphone), I really see the benefit of such services as a data safety system for these files I wouldn't bear to lose, with professional-grade redundancy and back-up strategy.

At the moment I store everything locally on a Qnap as well, and because I'm dreading the eventual demise of the hard drive I mirror it once a week on the machine I used to use as a server (which itself has a RAID-1). But it's not really a satisfying solution either, if only because of the fact that both computers sit in the same room '^^

I guess an alternative to a payed-for service in my case would be a backup buddy that I know I can trust, with a similar NAS, and setup a cron/rsync/ssh job to mirror my data on his box every night (and his data on my NAS reciprocally). Possibly with a version-control layer somewhere to avoid data loss due to "operator error".

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bryanv Member since:

The QNAP's have the remove mirror thing built-in.

You could also use a commercial off-site backup quite nicely, and I'm not sure there's any reason not to.

For what it's worth, my external drive isn't the only thing stored in the safe deposit box at the bank, so there's always that.

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jebb Member since:

I did look into Symform; sadly their unlimited storage option is vastly more expensive for a QNAP than the standard end-user license - though at $50 per month ( ) it beats Google's 1TB any time - which bugs me as I'm the sole user of the NAS (well, me and the wife). Also I heard that the service puts quite a strain on the NAS in terms of bandwidth, disk thrashing and CPU usage, and I'm not sure I like that.

Ultimately though, the real problem is I couldn't get the damn thing to work when I tried to set up the 200GB free storage. And I got tired of trying to troubleshoot it after an hour of two, honestly.

HDD in the bank is good of course, but there again you need the discipline of keeping your off-site backup up-to-date manually. So two HDDs, and a weekly trip to the vault. I'm way to lazy to keep that up.

Edited 2012-04-25 18:10 UTC

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