cloud backup

What Are My Alternatives to Google Photos?

PCloud

Episode 1759

Diane from Chicago, IL

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. 

What's a Good Option for Backing Up Photos?

 Apple Photos

Episode 1755

Frederick from Orange County, CA

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.

What's the Difference Between Cloning and Cloud Backup?

iDrive

Episode 1752

Larry from San Francisco, CA

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:

Clonezilla

What Happened to My Photos in Google Photos?

Photos

Episode 1628

Will from San Pedro, CA

Will had some photos backed up to Google Photos for a few years, and recently, all the photos had disappeared. What happened? His current photos were uploaded, but anything before 2017 is gone. Leo says that's bad news because Leo always recommends Google Photos. It also proves that users shouldn't trust just one backup source for photos. Use several services. Also, check out the Google Photos trashcan to see if they are there.  Leo says that if Will had used Picasa before 2017, Google may have gotten rid of them because they were stored in PicasaWeb.

How Can I Back Up and Share Photos in the Cloud?

 Google Photos

Episode 1570

Joe from Brea, California

Joe takes a bunch of photos and wants to know how he can get high-quality images online that his clients can access. Leo suggests Google Photos. He can get unlimited, high-resolution uploads at very good quality. They will also be organized by face detection, GPS, and date, which is convenient. He can then create shared folders where he can then invite people to view and download the images.

Will Carbonite back up my hard drive exactly how it is?

Carbonite

Episode 1568

Robert from Glendale, CA

Robert has been backing up on Carbonite, and it's a good thing because his computer recently "melted down." So he's going to be restoring his backup from Carbonite to a new Dell computer. Will he get data back to the exact same file structure that he had on his original computer? Leo says it should be backed up exactly the way he had it set up. It also pays to verify it from time to time just to be sure. He can also do it with Carbonite's restore utility, or just drag and drop individual files over.

Can I update to macOS High Sierra?

Episode 1512

Barbara from Redbluff, CA

Barbara would like to update to macOS High Sierra, but she thinks that she can't update it because she hasn't updated in a long time. Leo says you can. The way you can do it is to go to the last version your computer can handle directly. If that's macOS High Sierra, then just go to the app store download it and install. If you're getting notifications, then you're golden. It'll take awhile though.

https://support.apple.com/kb/SP765?locale=en_US

How much cell phone storage do I need?

Google Photos

Episode 1503

Pete from Clinton Township, NJ

Pete wants to know if a 32GB smart phone is big enough for every day use. Leo says it should be, but he'll need to have a storage strategy for things like videos, photos, and even music. Leo recommends using Google Photos. He'll get unlimited high resolution storage, or 15GB of uncompressed storage for free. The unlimited high resolution is really great for everyday images. Leo says he can turn on automatic uploading via Wi-Fi in the app settings and then have the app delete the images from his phone.

What's an easy cloud backup alternative?

Microsoft OneDrive

Episode 1486

Carol from Northridge, CA

Carol had an offline cloud storage service but it crashed her computer. She'd like to know if there's alternatives out there that are fairly simple to use. BackBlaze is an option for $5 a month, but Leo says it's really not that easy to use. Carbonite is a sponsor and it's pretty easy to use. It's $72 a year, which is only $6 a month. Microsoft OneDrive is probably the simplest solution for Carol, though.