Backup data storage. How, what and where?

Started by jina, Aug 04, 2022, 07:16 AM

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I'll start the story with a phrase that justifies itself for all 100: "If the information is not stored in three places, it does not exist." I don't remember if it was said by one of the greats or if it is a folk saying, but I have repeatedly been convinced by my own knowledge and the experience of friends of its accuracy.

Consider storage options from cloud services to physical media at home in the nightstand.

I'll immediately outline the stored data: we won't delve into the storage material itself (for somebody, a photo with a ram from the 90s is more important than Aunt Sveta's black bookkeeping). Let us generalize the storage of electronic data essential for each.

Options from mobile monsters

Android users are luckier than iOS users because Google Photos gives you unlimited photo/video storage. But there is not without a fly in the ointment. In the boundless version of Google Photos, your content shrinks (according to Google, you won't notice a difference), but I'm not happy that the video I shot at a frequency of 60 frames, the cloud squeezes up to 30 fps. In dynamic scenes, this is very striking. And so, yes, the top option.
Owners of iOS with their iCloud have a certain limit and further for money. But do not be upset, there is Yandex Disk with the function of boundless photo upload from your telephone. At least some, but a way out. True, at the start they give "already" 10 GB of space for other files.

They give you 50GB of space for free. For photo-video is not enough, but for text and other things - fire. Yes, there are troubles with downloading files and limits, but it will do for free.

    Chinese lure clouds such as baidu, shmaidu, which once distributed 36TB each and gave out dial-up download speeds - this is not about comfort, and many of them turned up. Chinese, such Chinese. And what were the hopes and how much hype.

Position for risky users

There are also boundless storage from Google in the edu segment. Those. You can use the manuals on to catch on to such a cloud. This is a service where Google provides boundless space for educational institutions. Another lure. Lifespan and access to such a cloud, like a hamster. Maybe a year, or maybe 6 months, as I had. Not recommended for permanent use and storage of essential files. The funny thing is that after you are denied access, your files still continue to be stored with them and it is not known how long.

For dessert, we have the usual 15GB from gmail. Yes, not enough, but from Google. For texts, it's the most. Dropbox can also be inserted here, but there the free volume is even funnier, like with One Drive.
The rest of the shareware are not worth attention, because they clone each other's functionality.

Pros: free, convenient, automated, online access.
Cons: unsafe and at any time info can bye-bye, you will have to fork out for paid space.

If your volumes exceed those provided by cloud storage from the "uncle", it's time to start your own.

For me personally, there is nothing more valuable than family multimedia in the digital world. So, the option with a piece of iron at hand is about me.

In terms of setting up, the NAS is friendly for a simple layman (in one familiar company, it was brought in without a system administrator). On a NAS, you can both have fun with RAID and have extensive opportunities. Such a server, independent of the big brother.

RAID itself is more for GIKs. The level of RAID from 0 to 10 will depend on the level of schizophrenia and commercial capabilities. There the user will already play with the number of mirrors and other delights.

Pros: high reliability, constant access to files.
Cons: price, setup - it's more to RAID.

for paranoids and old believers

Buy ordinary 2.5" hard drives and back up your essential files on them once in a certain time. After that, carefully clean up in the bedside table / safes / to the mother-in-law at the dacha. This option is the easiest. I usually have 2 "brooms" for such a case, always at work. But there was also an affair. One hard drive leaned back  in a year and a half. I took it out every three months to upload photos / videos. And then, one day, taking it out of the nightstand, plugging it in, I heard clicks. They tried to restore it, but having learned the price tag and having a backup, they threw it away.

But a friend, having no backup storage, lost his family archive for almost 10 years and the HDD could not be restored. After that incident, my paranoia doubled.

I'll add from myself: portable HDDs from Silicon Power (rubberized ones) show themselves very well.

Pros: reliability, ease of use.
Cons: no online access to files, waste of money with large volumes.


All of the above options for storing your personal info depend on your commercial capabilities and the value of that information.

Personally, I use the option with both the cloud and storage on a portable HDD in the nightstand. Of course, the most reliable and convenient option is NAS + RAID or a paid subscription from Google and similar market monsters.

In terms of storing mobile content, Google Photos and Yandex Disk are in favor. For small things, Mega, Dropbox will go. Everything else for donation or buy pieces of iron.

By the way, if we talk about a family photo: how many of you are those who print photos on the stream now, make albums? Yes, hanging some memorabilia on the wall or in your wallet is good, but what about keeping all these albums? For my acquaintances photographers do not sit without work, and there people translate far from wedding content into paper.

One thing pleases me that I don't have to store films and music anymore. A bunch of online viewing and listening services have appeared. Yes, and modern Internet speed allows you to download any content while you go for glasses to beer.

Every year more and more go to the clouds and remote hosting. It's not a trend, it's convenience. When you are not steaming, the lights are turned off, something hangs, is there enough space, power. So, there are many options for every wallet to make this life more comfortable. The choice is yours, gentlemen!

As always, I'm wondering: which option is closer to you, who uses what? I'm ready for live discussion.


I have had 1TB Travel Star in my computer for some years, but, one fine morning, instead of buzzing, there were clicks. I did not restore, since the backup was stored on an external drive.
Before that, I had been using the free for a long time (thanks to the Lin synchronization utility), and after looking at the price tags for screws in stores, I only strengthened my decision to upgrade my account. Now I pay Mega 4.99 euros for 500 gigs, once a month I synchronize the changes with external drive. That's how I live..