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#281951 - 08/31/16 08:08 PM Monthly reminder - tech
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2111
Update and back up your tech gear( and software); GPS, phone, computers, etc.

I'm looking into google photos to back up my phone photos...

#281962 - 09/01/16 01:08 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
roberttheiii Offline

Registered: 02/13/09
Posts: 324
Loc: Connecticut, USA
Particularly regarding your smartphone and computer, if applicable, you really should consider regular backups and updates. Ideally your backups would be such that if the either was stolen say, right now, you wouldn't lose more than a day's worth of work/information.

#281963 - 09/01/16 05:47 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 05/05/07
Posts: 3537
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I like Google Docs and Google Photos. You can set you phone to update automatically, and then clear out your phone's memory. Stay aware of how it all works and actively manage it or you could delete something you haven't backed-up yet or upload something you don't want to to somewhere you don't want to when you're just trying to share a picture or resume to edit with a friend.

Also note that despite what some of us think about Google, they don't actually give us unlimited storage. I actually hit my free limit accidentally a little while ago, and because all my Google stuff is linked together, all of it stopped working until I deleted content, including gmail. (Luckily, my problem was in my laptop upload settings so was easily fixed.)
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#281968 - 09/01/16 10:23 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
Mark_R Offline
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Registered: 05/29/10
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Loc: Southern California
I just use a combination of local encryption and idrive cloud storage. It's not real fast and you have to manually manage the versions. But, it will support multiple computers, and has 1 TB of space to play with


I used to use MS OneDrive until it decided to update my backup with a corrupted local file. VERY unhappy with it.
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#282032 - 09/05/16 05:56 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
Eugene Offline
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I have found that a lot of the services like google, etc are not very good about synching, they will move your stuff up to their 'could' but then you don't have a local copy.
I ended up creating my own server so I can actually control the synching and keep my own local copy.

#282033 - 09/05/16 06:11 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
Bingley Offline

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1247
What do people do with photos and videos that they store on an external hard drive? I have a cloud backup service, but if I use it for the external hard drive, too, I see two issues:

1. The additional space may be too expensive.

2. The backup can happen only while the external harddrive is connected to the computer. My computer is a laptop that I take around with me. Hence the problem.

#282042 - 09/05/16 06:35 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: Bingley]
Russ Offline
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You have a home base where the external HD resides, that's where I keep the back-up. When I traveled (not so much these days), I would back-up when I got back. However, now another option is available -- Apricorn - Data Transfer Cable Then just pick up a 2.5" Serial ATA hard drives or solid state drive to use as the back-up -- totally portable.

#282044 - 09/05/16 06:55 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: Bingley]
bws48 Offline
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Registered: 08/18/07
Posts: 790
Loc: Anne Arundel County, Maryland
I have an external hard drive, but have pretty much stopped using it. Instead, I started using USB Thumb drives. I have separate ones for different type files, e.g. photos, music, video, documents etc.

I just found them more convenient to use as they plug in directly (no cable), don't need external power, and are small and easily carried or safely stored. Also, with an OTG USB cable, I can access the data on these drives from my Android smartphone & tablet.
"Better is the enemy of good enough."

#282047 - 09/05/16 07:44 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
Bingley Offline

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1247
It seems external harddrives still have the edge over thumb drives in storage capacity. There aren't USB thumb drives that can store terabytes of stuff -- it seems like the biggest they make is 1 TB. I'm confused by the pricing since 1 TB USB 2 is really affordable ($20-30), but 1 TB USB 3 is like $600.

#282050 - 09/05/16 09:23 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
rafowell Offline

Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 197
Loc: Southern California
Originally Posted By: TeacherRO
I'm looking into google photos to back up my phone photos...

I use Flickr (1Tb) for that. Here's a writeup on that:

One tool for backing up photos that seems quite ambitious is PicBackMan: http://www.picbackman.com/
for Android/iPhone/Windows/Mac - works with Google Photos/Picasa, Flickr, OneDrive, DropBox, Instagram, Photobucket, etc.

I haven't used it myself, though.
A signal mirror should be backup for a 24 hr, all-weather radio distress signal, such as a 406 MHz PLB (ACR PLB)

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