Online Storage Recommendations Please
BobbyDigi ? R U #Hats !TX Icrontian
edited October 2015 in Internet & Media
Probably way late to the game on this but I need to stop keeping decades worth of memories on hard drives collecting dust.
OneDrive is $7 /mo for a TB and is bundled with Office365.
- The advantage of the Office suite being available for DigiKid (and down the line Gigi) is huge.
- It's cheaper for a TB than DropBox ($10 /mo).
- Microsoft isn't going anywhere (barring Skynet takeover)
- I've yet to use any of the OneDrive apps but afaik on PC and Android there are similar features to Dropbox.
Any other recommendations or other things I should be considering before moving forward?
If you pay for DB pro once a year, it does bring it down to $8 (+tax)/month. Still no Office though.
I use DB pro but I also get office through work for $0.
IMO, you make a good argument for OneDrive.
If you have hosting, look into Owncloud. Easy to install, has mobile and desktop clients. If not, your above logic seems sound.
I've been using all three for a long time. I started paying for extra space first on Dropbox, but I started using Google Drive instead when my Chromebook came with a free two-year subscription to the 100GB Google Drive plan. I loved it because I could do all my work in Google Docs, and have access to all of it whatever PC I happen to be on. BUT after the two years was up, and I had to choose if I should continue the subscription, I decided against it. In the meantime, One Drive had gotten very compelling. I wanted to get Office 365 because I need the latest version of Word anyway (teacher), and it came with 1TB of storage. Also Office 365's online tools are almost as nice as Google Docs (I have a few complaints). So, now I stopped my Google Drive subscription (though, I still use the free space they give out, just like I do with Dropbox) and only subscribe to Office365.
I particularly like the, unlike Google Drive, the documents that I create on Office365 are stored on my PC in full, instead of just storing a link to the document online. It's also nice that I can seamlessly work on those documents in the full Word client instead of having to use the Web client even when at home on my nice PC (and the web client works fine when on my Chromebook). I've now fully switched back to using Office for all my documents with the notable exception of collaborative documents which I still use gDocs for.
I think Amazon's CloudDrive is $5/mo for unlimited storage.
Not to leach off Digi, but @Sonorous . Do you use Owncloud personally? If you do what kind of server do you host it on? Personal as in hooked into your own network or a rented one. I have a bunch of server credits from DO but their disk space is super small so I am looking elsewhere.
@Karma I have Bluehost currently and run two Ownclouds on my shared server. I got a deal with them a few years back for "unlimited" storage and bandwidth for $1.95 a year for two years. Both my Ownclouds installed and gave me a disk space of 900+gigabytes available. Now that being said, most hosting services frown on data storage like cloud services but most of them don't care as long as you aren't moving terabytes of stuff around. I see ads all the time for Dream Host, GoDaddy, 1&1 and Bluehost for basic hosting packages. You just have to find one that is unlimited storage. Additionally if you have spare parts around, set up an Amahi server and Owncloud is a two click install. It will run on your home network though so watch your data.
Yeah I eventually want to have my own server on my network but I don't have the parts or the liquidity to do it for a while.
Does onedrive do versioning? I really like the fact that dropbox (and crashplan) do versioning.
Awesome. Combines all your cloud storage for easy transfer across them.
Key there is "OneDrive for Business". That would indicate to me that personal 365 accounts do not have this feature.
I do not have a host already. Don't really care to admin a cloud software no matter how easy it is.
Amazon CloudDrive is Unlimited photos and 5GB of vids for $12 /yr. $60 /yr for unlimited everything. Certainly appealing and one to take into consideration.
Great info guys, Thank you again.
Make sure Amazon Cloud Drive has a client for desktops. I may be mistaken but I think they got rid of it and you have to do everything via the web client. I'll look it up and edit this later.
Per link I posted
something like this and your old HDD you have laying around in a drawer
OneDrive is pretty cool. I also subscribe to CrashPlan to back up my spinners: advantage is multi-point backup: one copy goes to CrashPlan HQ, one copy stays local on an external backupHD, and you can even back up to your friends' drives for a third point of redundancy (and unlimited, theoretically, if you have enough friends). If you want a referral link, let me know (I don't think we get anything but we do get to back up to each other's computers).
I plan on doing this when I get my dock
SpiderOak - Backup and sync solution in one, with customizable sync settings (want to sync different folders to each other between machines? No problem!). Linux, Windows and Mac client, in case you're into that. It's a little more pricey at $12/mo for 1 TB (or $129 if you pay for a whole year), but you get zero-knowledge encryption out of that deal, which is great if you want to back up things like old tax information, financial documentation or pictures of your kids. You know, stuff you wouldn't want other people pawing through if A) the service gets subpoenaed or B) hackers get in. You also get really good file versioning, which is handy for when you make an oopsie in a file and don't realize it until a week later.
For self hosted sync/backup, I'm a big fan of Seafile these days. A bit more complicated to set up than OwnCloud, but since it runs as a daemon, it seems to work a bit better in my experience and be more reliable. Haven't had any file loss with it like I did with OwnCloud.
I pay $10/mo per Tb / mo for Google storage.
It's especially worth it for photo storage. Lots of useful tools...animations, face search, search in general, etc.
For non photo storage there are cheaper options.
I've been using OneDrive because the 1TB came with Office, but it often lets me down. Sometimes things don't sync before I leave one computer for another. Other times I'll work with large files on one computer, and then find that rather than downloading them onto another computer, they're marked as online only and I've got to download them before I can started working on the second computer.
I'll stay with OneDrive for the next couple years while I have my subscription, but then I think I'll switch to SpiderOak.
I used SugarSync before because they seem to be one of very few services that lets you selectively sync folders. I used to recommended them to people because of that. However, they make it very hard to cancel (only via online chat 10am and 2pm PST Monday - Friday WTF). Since that meant I had to pay for another year I didn't want to, eff them.
Update: Still shopping around
Through Office365, they offer the same 1 user 365 account with 1TB OneDrive storage for $7 /mo ($70 /yr) but I noticed this morning there is an Office365 Home plan that is 5 users with 1TB each for $10 /mo ($100 /yr). While it is not the unlimited storage that Amazon offers, I think 5TB for $10 /mo is not bad.
I'll probably put some Microsoft gift cards on my wish list for upcoming Birthday / Holidays and start up the account early next year if I don't catch some sort of holiday special that gets me to jump.
Microsoft: Customers can store whatever they want in our giant garage!
Everyone: Can I put my boxes of porn in there?
Microsoft: Well, I mean it was really meant for like your photos and documents and stuff, but I guess it wouldn't hurt if there were a few porns?...
Everyone: Sweet, well I don't trust you with my Word Documents, but here's all that porn I mentioned.
A YEAR LATER
Everyone: Here's another porn! What am I up to now, like 8 million boxes of porns?!
Microsoft: I feel like you misunderstood what my garage was for
... who stores porn?
I can think of many reasons why to store porn.