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    150 GB of photo's

    I have 150 GB + photo's. I can't dream of my HD and its backup to both fail, get stolen, etc. So I would like to find a way to back them up online.

    The regulars like Picasa, Flikr et al have serious limitations, even their "pro" (paid) services would be useless to me (my RAW files are minimum 20 GB a piece, +150 GB, etc).

    Where could I find a cheap host which I could use to back up these? The features would be fast upload (don't want to spend weeks uploading), unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth and FTP or other way of backing up my photo's. No need to share them on the web or anything, I just want an additional, lowest cost possible, safehaven for my photo's.

    Any suggestions?

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    put an external HD in your safety deposit box.

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    The upload speed will typically be limited by your ISP. Many of the online backup services will send out a USB drive or snap server for you to return with data for initial backup. After that its a quick incremental or differential backup. Pick the lowest priced one out of that list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Collabora View Post
    The upload speed will typically be limited by your ISP. Many of the online backup services will send out a USB drive or snap server for you to return with data for initial backup. After that its a quick incremental or differential backup. Pick the lowest priced one out of that list.
    Can you please name at least one who is doing this?
    I searched a few hours and couldn't find anyone where this was mentioned on the website.

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    Why not just buy a External Hard drive and put it somewhere safe or IN a safe?? Surely thats just easyer? Uploading all those photos will take for ever, bandwidth will be an issue and like previously said, It will also depend on you ISP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackkirk View Post
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    Really?....What do their TOS say about the use of these UNLIMITED resources?

    I have never seen an unlimited hard drive on sale, or an unlimited bandwidth provider.
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    YEA just put them on a External Hard drive thats what i do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zinneken View Post
    I have 150 GB + photo's. I can't dream of my HD and its backup to both fail, get stolen, etc. So I would like to find a way to back them up online.

    The regulars like Picasa, Flikr et al have serious limitations, even their "pro" (paid) services would be useless to me (my RAW files are minimum 20 GB a piece, +150 GB, etc).

    Where could I find a cheap host which I could use to back up these? The features would be fast upload (don't want to spend weeks uploading), unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth and FTP or other way of backing up my photo's. No need to share them on the web or anything, I just want an additional, lowest cost possible, safehaven for my photo's.

    Any suggestions?
    you should get 1 or 2 external hardrives with raid 1 in them.

    A host will not be as reliable as lets say you forgot to pay your bill.... some hosts will delete your data. And the fact that it would take the average person over 3 weeks to upload all those pictures 24/7
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    Most webhosts won't let your use their hosting as storage like this. You could look at Amazon S3 for cloud storage or just use a backup drive or multiple ones stored at different locations.

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    Get 2 very reliable External HDs put one in your safe and send one to someone in another state tell them to put in there safe

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    Quote Originally Posted by zinneken View Post
    my RAW files are minimum 20 GB a piece, +150 GB, etc
    Try compressing the files.

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    How about JungleDisk? Uses Rackspace's Mosso and Amazon (I use the rackspace one, works fine, cheap enough.)

    150GB should come out to about $22.50 per month. Which is quite reasonable with mosso.
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    Put it on 3 computer HDs and one on an external. So I seriously doubt all 3 HDs will fail and also if you have some sort of power spike you got the external.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Collabora View Post
    The upload speed will typically be limited by your ISP. Many of the online backup services will send out a USB drive or snap server for you to return with data for initial backup. After that its a quick incremental or differential backup. Pick the lowest priced one out of that list.
    Very interesting! Sending in a drive I can do, and then after that it is indeed just uploading the new pictures. Who offers such a service?

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    How about filehosts like rapidshare megaupload filesavr stuff like that some are free and some paid

    Also I'm interested on service where you can send in drives and they upload it please can someone mention some stuff

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    You will never be able to upload 150GB on a home broadband connection in less than a week, and thats having it running all the way through 24/7.

    Sending in a hard drive to a company is a great solution, I've seen comapanies which offer this, but I can't recall any right now though.
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    Drobo, seriously can't live without it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankiee View Post
    Drobo, seriously can't live without it!
    My drobo only has about 300GB left, of 1.8TB

    Time to pop in another drive "of any size" and away we go!

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    I use http://www.mozy.com and I have a backup over 600GB stored with them (photo's, raw-files, etc.). Highly recommended as far as I am concerned and only $4,95 per month.

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    I don't know if Amazon S3 is suitable for this but it seems pretty cheap and reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mash-e1 View Post
    How about filehosts like rapidshare megaupload filesavr stuff like that some are free and some paid

    Also I'm interested on service where you can send in drives and they upload it please can someone mention some stuff
    Have a look at Amazon S3
    especially this feature.

    http://aws.amazon.com/importexport/
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    Quote Originally Posted by coduk View Post
    You will never be able to upload 150GB on a home broadband connection in less than a week, and thats having it running all the way through 24/7.

    Sending in a hard drive to a company is a great solution, I've seen comapanies which offer this, but I can't recall any right now though.
    I'd really consider this option, because really, uploading 150GB + on a home broadband connection would really take a long, long time.

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    In my opinion, if you upload your photos to a web host offering unlimited disk space, you've got more chance of your safe being broken into.

    If you want to keep it securely online, get your own dedicated server with a 160GB HDD. You'll be pretty much using a dedicated server with some hosts anyway. However, this is a much dearer option compared to the external hard drive.

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    Yeah, unlimited host, not suitable. They don't allow backups or excessive media usage.

    S3 tend to get more expensive compared to, say, a dedicated server or a backup servers. I'd recommend bqbackup.com, which offer cheap and realiably backup space (search WHT for reviews). Don't judge their web site, it's lame, but I hear they're very good and have quite a number of servers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coduk View Post
    You will never be able to upload 150GB on a home broadband connection in less than a week, and thats having it running all the way through 24/7.
    All depends on their actual ISP. If they have Fios or higher end cable/dsl there is a chance they can.

    I have 2mbit upload, in theory if I upload 24/7 I could do 150 GB up in a week.

    Quote Originally Posted by frankiee View Post
    Drobo, seriously can't live without it!
    Drobo sounds like a good idea, but read some of the reviews over @ newegg.com. Some are really bad. That and only a 1 year warranty? I seriously considered a drobo for my own backup needs, but after reading reviews and finding out the company won't stand behind their product for more than a year? Makes me iffy to drop a few hundred dollars for the device alone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Universal90 View Post
    I don't know if Amazon S3 is suitable for this but it seems pretty cheap and reliable.
    For his needs of 150 GB Amazon S3 would cost him around $25 per month.

    Quote Originally Posted by gnummep-martin View Post
    Yeah, unlimited host, not suitable. They don't allow backups or excessive media usage.

    S3 tend to get more expensive compared to, say, a dedicated server or a backup servers. I'd recommend bqbackup.com, which offer cheap and realiably backup space (search WHT for reviews). Don't judge their web site, it's lame, but I hear they're very good and have quite a number of servers.
    Unlimited hosts are not the way to go. Just search around the forums to hear the horror stories. I've never tried bqbackup.com but there are many, many good reviews of them here @ WHT.
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    http://www.getdropbox.com/pricing

    Dropbox creates a folder in your computer, and uploads anything in it to their servers. It only sends the changes to the files, so when you modify a file or add a new one, only the modifications are uploaded.

    Dropbox also keeps the previous copies of your files, in case you need older backups.
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    did you try http://smugmug.com ?
    They use amazon S3 and offer unlimited image hosting space for $40 to $150 plan. And its real service

    Quote Originally Posted by zinneken View Post
    I have 150 GB + photo's. I can't dream of my HD and its backup to both fail, get stolen, etc. So I would like to find a way to back them up online.

    The regulars like Picasa, Flikr et al have serious limitations, even their "pro" (paid) services would be useless to me (my RAW files are minimum 20 GB a piece, +150 GB, etc).

    Where could I find a cheap host which I could use to back up these? The features would be fast upload (don't want to spend weeks uploading), unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth and FTP or other way of backing up my photo's. No need to share them on the web or anything, I just want an additional, lowest cost possible, safehaven for my photo's.

    Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingme97 View Post
    did you try http://smugmug.com ?
    They use amazon S3 and offer unlimited image hosting space for $40 to $150 plan. And its real service
    Regarding the above, I wouldn't recommend unlimited on any level.

    Sorry, pingme97.

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    Why not try Megaupload?

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    Smugmug is a great service and I also use it but you cannot upload RAW-files, only .JPG, .GIF and .PNG. All other files you can store in the so called "SmugVault" at a cost of $0,22 per Gigabyte per month.

    Megaupload works also but it is has a number of disadvantages, one of which is that you cannot use the software to scan for new files and only upload them. You have to create archives yourself and upload those. Not very convenient.

    That is why I use Smugmug (80GB online) for the photo's that I want to display to others and Mozy.com (over 600GB) for all other files.

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    May I ask have you even seen or used the service? Smugmug is one of the most respected premium only image hosting service used by many many photographers around the world.

    They use Amazon S3 for storing images and thats how they manage to provide unlimited images hosting. You can check for thier case study on amazon.com

    Quote Originally Posted by AH-Oliver View Post
    Regarding the above, I wouldn't recommend unlimited on any level.

    Sorry, pingme97.

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    I'll have to agree with the Smugmug comment, they are awesome and would be the most cost effective option here. They have a $40/year plan and I think thats what you would want. I have 32GB+ stored with them for the pro plan ($150 a year). I've never had any problems and they are very helpful. Plus if ya ever want your pictures printed they do a great job! I think thats how they can afford to offer inexpensive storage, because most users order photos from them...

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