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« on: May 27, 2014, 04:08:50 PM »

Dropbox? Google? Amazon? Apple?

Any recommendations?

Basically just want a site outside of my house for storing a lifetime of photos and whatnot.

Any tips?

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2014, 04:33:25 PM »

I use those except for apple.  Here's my take on them.

Dropbox is great for platform-agnostic sharing and has some of the best integration from other apps.  It also has a great desktop client.  Drawback is the relatively low storage space for free. 

Google is obviously the go-to for Android users.  Large free space, integration with all of Google's apps. 

Amazon has a decent amount of space for free.  Good option for music imo, as you can add to your cloud player and none of your amazon mp3 albums count against the cap. 

I'd put Google at the top for pictures due to the storage cap, assuming you aren't looking to backup the last 10 years worth of pictures or movies.  If that's true, you'll need to compare price/gb for the best long term option.
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2014, 05:30:14 PM »

I use or have used all of those. Most of those services are for files you use regularly, not saving tons of photos, music etc. Dropbox is my goto service for stuff I want to be able to access on whatever device I am on. I believe you are an Android guy so Apple's iCloud, while it works well enough, isn't for you. Box is another service that works much like Dropbox but offers more storage for free.

Sounds like you want a backup system though. I use BackBlaze for full back ups and it works well. It works in the background and after the initial huge upload, I never notice it. $5 a month is a pretty good deal. Also Amazon's cloud service is dirt cheap for large backups, but it's not very user friendly in my experience. Crashplan is also pretty popular and I have heard good things about.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2014, 06:12:00 PM »

My research earlier this year led me to Crashplan.  I've been super duper happy with it so far.
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2014, 08:23:18 PM »

They are all basically the same. Some software is slightly better than others, but not by a lot. I'm using Skydrive right now for photo backup (er sorry, OneDrive) solely because it has the most space available to me. I have accounts with all of the others. Dropbox is the one most commonly used for my portable docs, but thats only because it was the one I used first.
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2014, 08:45:58 PM »

Dropbox is great because apps I use support it for syncing across devices that aren't iOS/android dependent. Also unlike some others, it creates a folder on your drive which it syncs, so even if you are off line, you have access to all files from when you were last online. It will then sync changes next time you get online. I have generally found it to be the best for my uses, but you don't get as much space as others, unless you pay.

Still, ATB seems to be looking for a backup solution (unless he doesn't have a lot of photos), so none of these will really work for him for his stated purpose. Also, if he's talking only pictures there are various services for that, but I know little about those.
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2014, 09:32:03 PM »

I use both Amazon and Microsoft's One Drive since they both give you some decent space for free.  I don't really use any of the software for automatic syncing, though, I usually do it for saving and sharing larger failes.
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2014, 03:30:49 PM »

I got some promotion for 65 gigs on Google Drive when I got my HTC One.
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