Cavot has been using DropBox for years and wants to know how he can easily transfer 2-3TB of data to a new service, like iDrive. Leo says that iDrive is a backup service, while DropBox is a file sharing and syncing solution. And not a great one at that. The problem is that DropBox also syncs deletions, so if you delete it off your hard drive, it'll delete it off dropbox. You can ask iDrive to send you a hard drive which you can then download the data and then send it directly to iDrive.
Matthew wants to know if DropBox is secure. Leo says that DropBox encrypts data to protect it, but they also hold the encryption keys. Still, it's pretty affordable. And if users are worried about them having encryption keys, they can encrypt their data before uploading to DropBox. There are also three different levels of permissions for sharing, so that adds to security. Leo also recommends Google Drive.
Dale uses Google Photos and he's concerned that the change to limited photo backup will affect Apple's sync feature that makes photos available on iPad from the iPhone. Is there an alternative? Leo says that Google's price scheme for additional storage will be very affordable. But if he still wants unlimited free storage, he could try Amazon Prime Photos - it's free to all Prime members. Shutterfly also offers unlimited free storage for originals.
David is heavy into Photography and has set up his own website. Now he's handling all the storage for his photos. Can he create a NAS to back everything up that he can access it? Leo says that David has done the right thing by storing his photos on SmugMug. Leo says to check out DPBestflow.org for tips on the best practices for backing up your data. Leo relies on a 321 backup strategy: three copies, two different formats, one off-site.
Glenn bought a 4TB hard drive so he could back up stuff and then move it to the cloud. But he's been told that he can't upload an entire image using Mac. Leo says that a more efficient way to do it is to have two hard drives and bring one off-site. Maybe to home or to work. Then swap them every other week. Leo also says that Fuse for the Mac will let you see other file formats on the mac, like NTFS, and use that to back it up.
Martin wants to know what is a good backup strategy for his Seagate hard drives and how can he mount them as network drives. Leo says that Seagate has its own backup in the cloud, which figures out where all the drives are. But that's not the only way to do it. FTP can work with a sync program. Robocopy wasn't designed for it, but it may be able to. The key is to figure out what the IP address is on the fly since most are dynamic. If he had a static IP, it wouldn't be a problem. The key is to find a sync program that supports FTP, but FTP isn't secure either. SCP is where it's at.
Diane hears that Google Photos is going to end on January 5th. Leo says that's not accurate. Google Photos will be ending their free unlimited photo storage on June 1st. However, until then, you can store unlimited photos that will remain free forever. After that, the 15GB limit will apply to any new photos, music, all your docs, and email. But Google's pay tier is pretty affordable if you need more space.
There are other options like Shutterfly and Amazon Prime.
Frederick wants to create a central location to house all the photos and videos for everyone in the family. Leo says if he wants to be responsible for it all, then Apple Photos can handle it. But everyone may want to keep their own accounts. Google Photos has similar features to Apple Photos, but it's cloud-based. And he can share unlimited free storage up until June 1st. Then each person can upload to a family album from their own account. Then everyone can upload and see the album. It's a great way to do it without having the burden just on the creator.
Larry just built a new gaming computer. Now he wants to restore a backup so he doesn't have to install all his programs that are on his old computer. His options are to either clone or restore from a backup. What's the difference? Leo says that a cloned drive is an image of the hard drive which can then be blasted back onto a drive. But that's not a good option for cloud backup. Good for a local backup on an external drive. Microsoft stores cloning in the legacy backup settings.
Other imaging options include:
Bill has thousands of images on CDs. Is that the safest way to keep them? Leo says Bill wants to get them all in the cloud ASAP. Burned CDs can oxidize and stop working over time. Sometimes within a year. So he wants to have other options, including putting them online.