Paying for temporary use of a crazy fast upload connection?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by m021478, Aug 2, 2015.

  1. m021478 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    I'd like to take advantage of's Unlimited Photo Storage for Prime members to backup my extensive photo digital photo collection. I have roughly 4.5TB of RAW/PSD/TIFF photos I'd like to upload, but that would take an eternity on my 20Mbps upload connection. Even if I wanted to dedicate a couple months to doing it, I'd be hampered by constant buffering issues for all of my other bandwidth heavy services (i.e. streaming via Netflix or Apple TV, Dropcam cloud recording, Dropbox, etc.).

    Does anyone know of a way that I could somehow rent a ridiculously fast upload connection for a couple of days/weeks to up the 4.5TB of RAW photos I'd like to backup on Amazon? Is there some clever server/seedbox/mac-minicolo/etc. approach to this issue that might be the solution I'm looking for? Piggy-backing on a starbucks or apple store connection won't cut it for 4.5TB.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated... Thanks!
  2. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    No suggestions here. I have a Mac Mini Server with a custom version of Transmission and put files to be uploaded to my Exchange Server/Office 365 account/Amazon Music-Photos on it and just let it run on my Comcast Business Internet account, which I can upgrade or downgrade without changing my contract. I speed it up or slow it down depending on my needs and workload.

    Just one tip, make sure your photo RAW or DNG files conform to Amazon's requirements or the bill could be a big one:
  3. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    descending into the Maelström
    Run the numbers (that is, do the calculation using actual numbers). Even a 1Gb/s connection will take a crazy long period of time to move 4.5TB.

    For AWS, Amazon offers migration using portable disk drives. See here:

    Maybe they have a similar service for the photo storage. You'll probably have to ask them directly, or start a thread on one of their customer support forums.

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