dropbox as online storage?

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  1. abz1981 macrumors 65816

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    HI all
    Dunno if this is the best place to post this. But does anyone here, actually solely use online back up sites, as there main back up?

    Reason why I ask is, that for all my important files, I have used the dropbox service. Finding it good so far. However was considering buying a usb pen drive too, just to have an additional back up measure. No need for me to get an external HD or anything. So just wondering if anyone use a similar kinda set up?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If you only need very little storage, then Dropbox or equivalent online storage is enough.
     
  3. abz1981 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thats what I thought. Then I also had the thought in my head, what happened if something went wrong with dropbox and couldn't access my files. Then I guess I can put the same question to, if that happened to a usb pen drive or external HD.

    Thanks for your input though :)
     
  4. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    The more backups you have, the better. And a little flash drive is cheap. You can get them for less than a dollar a GB!

    Sure, it can break, your internal drive could fail, Dropbox could be down or lose your data...the more locations you have important files stored, the better. :)
     
  5. abz1981 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    True. Okay might get a little flash drive.

    Thanks for that :)
     
  6. Big D 51 macrumors 6502a

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    I use dropbox as my primary cloud service for important stuff (pictures, financial information, school work, business information, resumes, engineering spreadsheets, code books, etc.).

    In addition, I use time capsule to back up MBA as well. I doubt I will ever use the back up hard drive, but you never know. As of now, I can fit all important stuff in dropbox. I haven't ran out of room yet. In fact, I have 50% left. What saves me the most room is I am not a movie or music guru. If I was, I would save that stuff on the hard drive anyways.
     
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    I use Dropbox as a file transfer, travel drive rather than for storage. Crashplan.com is what I use for my on-line storage. I use TC/TM for my local back-up.
     
  8. turtle777 macrumors 6502a

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    Nope.

    ALL my stuff is backed up locally (TimeMachine).

    All my IMPORTANT stuff is in addition, backed up online.

    I would not trust online only. Also, I can't back up my whole Mac online, so the question for me if online is sufficient is clearly NO.

    -t
     
  9. MadMiller20 macrumors newbie

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    New here - but agree with the above posters. Definitely get a flash drive in addition to using a website like dropbox. Dropbox is great but, you can never be too careful. Having files backed up on a flash drive gives you a PHYSICAL back up drive & piece of mind!
     
  10. turtle777 macrumors 6502a

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    Also, I encrypt my important stuff before backing up online. I don't trust teh intarwebs.

    -t
     
  11. skier777 macrumors 6502

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    Unless you only are backing up very select portions of your data, doesn't it take forever and cost a fortune to backup online? If you are only backing up select files, what would restore from if you HDD crashed? Or a glass of water was spilled into your computer?
     
  12. turtle777 macrumors 6502a

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    I back up about 50GB of data online.

    It doesn't cost me extra, it's part of my Dreamhost Storage.

    I use Twin for the backups, it's encrypted and provides versioning, like TimeMachine.

    -t
     
  13. g4jsg macrumors newbie

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    MonsterCloud.co.uk £9.99 Unlimited Online backup

    I have just signed up with Monster Cloud on their £9.99 a year deal. You get Unlimited Online & backup space, you can backup your entire PC and then view the files on your smartphone/tablet or with a web browser.

    www.monstercloud.co.uk and if you sign up let me know as they offer a recommendation scheme.

    Thanks
    John
     
  14. reefoid macrumors regular

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    I use Dropbox to store my media. I don't really see the point in extra backups with Dropbox, if you use the desktop client it keeps a copy on the Dropbox servers and locally. So my media exists in three places (Dropbox servers, desktop, work desktop).

    For important files, i.e. work stuff, I backup to my webserver.
     
  15. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    This... others have mentioned it, also. Multipal backups across multipal devices. Safe bet!
     

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