Originally Posted by Weaselboy
I know you tossed $100 out there just as an example, but online backup is nowhere near that costly. I just pulled up my receipt and see I paid $139.99 for four years of unlimited backups to Crashplan+. So more like $35 a year.
I totally understand if online backup is not a good fit for your usage, but I don't really see the cost as the roadblock given I can get four years of online backup for about the cost of one hard drive.
A fair enough observation, particularly as prices for the service have been moderating. Of course, the counterpoint is that hard drive prices also get better with time too.
For example, an outlay of $139.99 today buys two (2) brand new 1TB HDDs outright ($60/ea), or if one shops around and waits for sales, you might see them again for $49/each.
Overall, it is the process of developing your factors of significance for a value comparison of A vs B (eg, Cloud vs DIY) which is what's important, and this is probably more important than the specifics of the numbers being compared on any particular week.
For example, starting from a "mid-lifecycle" factor mentioned earlier, if we're looking at retiring a couple of HDDs anyway, that stuff is a discount consideration on the DIY side of the question. Similarly, if one decides to upgrade one's ISP connection partly due to the need for greater bandwidth for Cloud backups, that's another factor in the cost comparison.