Al and his wife have decided to move everything up to the cloud and use a smaller Mac Air instead of his huge 27" iMac. He's uploaded everything up to Amazon. Will that be safe? Leo says it will, but it's a smart idea to have more than one backup option. Make a local backup copy and a second service in the cloud. Leo recommends Google Photos because it's free. If Al has iCloud, then he can turn on Cloud syncing and then sync them all. He can then optimize storage in Apple Photos and it'll eliminate the high res versions until he needs them, but he can still see them in Photos.
Hope wanted to know if she can upgrade her cloud storage through her Galaxy Note 9. Leo is pretty sure that Samsung will sell her more cloud storage if she wants to, and it's a good idea to back up phone data. She can buy more, but it may be for select carriers. But she can also use Google Photos, which offers free unlimited high-resolution storage, and she can upload automatically with a simple check of a box.
James has a large family that records many videos, and he's run out of storage in the cloud. He can't buy anymore iCloud to store everyone's movies and music. Leo says that James has transitioned to the enterprise-grade needs. Especially for backups. Leo says maybe just creating a duplicate Synology NAS off site and have it Sync. That way he can have as much storage he needs, rather than paying for it in the Cloud. It's also far more practical, since it won't take up bandwidth. Carbonite will even send a hard drive to back up and ship to them for storage. But that isn't readily available.
Holly is having issues saving files onto her hard drive and she's concerned that she may be running out of storage. Leo says that it's probably not the hard drive that's causing that — it's probably her cloud storage on Google Drive. She has a limited amount of storage online and if she's exceeding that, then she's going to have those problems.
Your photos are likely the most valuable and irreplaceable things on your smartphone. This is why it's essential to have a solid backup in case something goes wrong, or you lose your phone. You can always just connect the phone to your computer and drag the files over, but this requires that you remember to do it frequently. It's even better if it happens automatically, and fortunately there are several places you can backup to in the cloud:
Bob needs a cloud based storage solution for being a digital pack rat. Leo says he should think about what he wants to store in the cloud and what he wants to store locally. If security is an issue, or if his data consists of large files like movies, then he should keep that locally.
The cheapest solution is Amazon's Glacier. This would be for things he doesn't need all the time. At $0.007 per gigabyte, it's ideal as a "just in case" scenario.
Joe has a Mac Mini and he has been keeping programs on the internal drive and data on his external data drive. He wants to move all the data over to cloud storage, though. But he has about 160GB of data with movies, music, photos etc. Leo says that the amount of data he stores in the cloud will be limited by his upload speed. To get an idea of what his upload speed is, he could take his download bandwidth speed and reduce it by 75%, then divide that by the amount of data he wants to upload. It could take months.
Joe is looking to buy a new Apple laptop. Should he wait? Leo says that he expects a new Mac with the Intel Skylake processor to be announced within the next few months. But the news is that Skylake isn't that much more powerful than the last generation Broadwell. So if he really needs it now, there's no real need to wait.
Before you put down money to store your data in the cloud, you might want to check that you're getting the best price. There are several options for cloud storage, and here's a breakdown of cost for 1TB of storage:
Amazon Cloud Drive Unlimited Photos - $11.99. This gives you unlimited storage for photos only, and 5GB for videos and other files. This is free for Prime members, and has limited RAW support.
Jonathan was watching Google I/O and he has to admit that Google Photos blew him away. Leo says that it is incredible that they have unlimited photo storage. Leo says Google has nailed it with unlimited storage of photos under 16MP. Anything above 16MP, it will either compress them slightly or it will give you 25GB to store photos at full resolution. But even with the 16MP compression, Google uses their own proprietary compression algorithms, and professional photographers say it's outstanding.