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    Re: NAS or Cloud storage?

    I'd suggest two things.

    1. Redundancy. If they're really important, you need to have at least two backups, ideally in two different locations. i.e. an NAS and cloud storage.

    2. Long term needs. If you're just looking to back up jpegs of family photos, the solutions you're looking at are just fine. However, if you're thinking about getting into serious photography, neither of those would be adequate. You'd want to get a higher quality NAS with at least 3 bays so you can run raid 5 (I think it's 5, the one with distributed parody information) and a more robust remote backup service.
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    Re: NAS or Cloud storage?

    Quote Originally Posted by MadsRH View Post
    Using old computers I already own with something like OwnCloud, have crossed my mind. It's got some cool features I would love, but it wouldn't be a very energy friendly solution with old PCs.
    They wouldn't have to be on the whole time. You could use Wake-On-LAN to fire them up as needed and then shut down when you are done.

    Another option is just to buy USB hard drives and use those for your backup.

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    Re: NAS or Cloud storage?

    Quote Originally Posted by MadsRH View Post
    That's what I'm doing at the moment
    then what's the real problem? the chances of both hds failing at the same time is slim to none. of course an extra backup is better but you should be fine with that. do you have a ps3? maybe you can slap a big hd in that and copy your photos on there as well. that way you can also view them on your tv.
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    Re: NAS or Cloud storage?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    then what's the real problem? the chances of both hds failing at the same time is slim to none.
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    While it isn't likely, it is kinda like insurance... you hope you never need it, but you are thankful when you do!

    Since digital pictures are more and more becoming the ONLY pictures of kids as they grow up, if you don't take the time to consider the backup, then if something happens and they're gone you've got nobody else to blame.
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    Re: NAS or Cloud storage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonbite View Post
    • House fire
    • Flooding
    • Theft
    • Power Outage (unless you take it with you to the coffee shop or library)
    • Bad/Faulty house wiring
    • Bad power strip/surge protector
    • Bug infestation
    • EMP


    While it isn't likely, it is kinda like insurance... you hope you never need it, but you are thankful when you do!

    Since digital pictures are more and more becoming the ONLY pictures of kids as they grow up, if you don't take the time to consider the backup, then if something happens and they're gone you've got nobody else to blame.
    pictures are secondary for me though. and the ones i do care about i upload on photobucket or sites like that. maybe that's an option. i doubt they'll give you 60gb storage though
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    Re: NAS or Cloud storage?

    From a data safety point of view (leaving out other aspects like privacy and control) Google cloud is probably the most safe. Cloud + mirror your picture folder to an external HD (much cheaper than a NAS) frequently. That way you can always access your pictures if the original HDD crashes and still have the cloud when they both fail.
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    Re: NAS or Cloud storage?

    Cloud storage if you want more versatility and mobility...

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    Re: NAS or Cloud storage?

    Here's a question: If you upload your pictures to Google, do they do any resizing/compressing? Is the file you download EXACTLY like the one you upload?

    The reason why I ask this is because I also use the SkyDrive and when I manually upload files from the browser it has "resize pictures to xxxx" checked. This means any pictures I upload this way are automatically resized and I don't like that. The process with the SkyDrive synch circumnavigates this thankfully.

    Also, if you upload them to Google, how are you going to download them? Are you looking at putting them into Picasa, or as files in Google Drive?

    Come to think of it, the Google Drive option would possibly bypass my privacy fears... I'm going to have to look into that.

    Of course all of this could be made 100% easier if Google released a Google Drive (synch) program for Linux, but that's another story...
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    Re: NAS or Cloud storage?

    I use SpiderOak for backing up and syncing my important data. I find it is better than Dropbox because the client is far better, and offers better security.
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    Re: NAS or Cloud storage?

    Quote Originally Posted by MadsRH View Post
    Using old computers I already own with something like OwnCloud, have crossed my mind. It's got some cool features I would love, but it wouldn't be a very energy friendly solution with old PCs.
    You could also use plugcomputers like the Sheeva Plug, Dream Plug, Popoplug etc which have a very low energy consumption (5 - 10 Watt).
    Note: most of those have an ARM processor, so you'll need an Ubuntu distro that is compatible with ARM: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM
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