I have a lot of webspace, but recently my provider said I had too many ‘non-website’ files on the server. They were right about them being non-website, but I didn’t realize that wasn’t ok. So I had to come up w/ a new solution.
I considered various options: DropBox, AmazonS3/Drive, Google Driver, Mozy, etc. I came down to two options: DropBox and Amazon Cloud Drive. One costs more but gives you more space… I can’t remember which was which. But then I found out about AmazonS3-Glacier (deep freeze).
I realized I had two types of files I wanted to backup: long-term (in case the house burns down) and short-term.
I signed up for DropBox for the ‘short-term’ back up and just put the folders I wanted to backup there in my DropBox folder the local app installs. If you use DropBox, you know what I mean. If you don’t use it, check it out here.
That takes care of the files that change fairly often, I want quick access to and don’t take up much space: text files, etc.
But for all our photos/images, they both take up a ton of space and I don’t need to get them unless something really bad happens. I have all my pics on my computer AND on an external harddrive. So basically something fairly bad has to happen to lose both. But w/ 2 kids… better safe than sorry.
I found CloudBerry AmazonS3 Client (free, only for Windows) and installed it. I created a new Bucket and marked it as Glacier. This means it’s cheaper, but if you need a copy of it, you have to request it and it might take a while to get it (hours or something). My pics/images are on a PC so I used that, but there are OSX clients like 3HUB.
To make a bucket set for Glacier (from the AWS Console)…
- Select the bucket
- Click Properties (top right)
- Expand Lifecycle (right)
- Click ‘Add Rule’
- Click ‘Move To Glacier’
Now whatever you copy to that bucket will get moved to Glacier.