Cheers mate i know what you are saying but what i want to put there will be of no use to anyone and i have an external drive also, just want to double secure the things in life that are of sentimental value. Cheers, Cliffy.
I have a PC and 2 laptops which I backup to ext HDD.
I have considered on-line backup, but upload and download speeds are too low for lots of GBs.
I do use the on-line Dropbox service instead of a USB flash drive for transferring data (eg Firefox bookmarks) between my machines. (only one is usually on at a time, so network transfer is no use)
However, when I use Dropbox I don't want ANY possibility of my data being visible (although it is harmless) so I encrypt the copies I leave there. (Axcrypt)
I would not trust any online business with valuable data (eg family photos) except as a 3rd or 4th backup. Companies can go out of business, or be sold and start charging and occasionally one of them will lose data for a few thousand customers.
No-one is more paranoid than me about backing up... My two internal 250GB drives are backed up to two external 250GB drives. These are backed up to an external 1TB drive. And the external 1TB drive is backed up to another 1TB drive that I keep somewhere else... I feel a whole lot happier about having it all under my own control rather than rely on some company that may go belly up.
Another thing occurs to me... If you've got very little data to back up - and potentially restore - it wouldn't be a problem. But if, like me, you've got tens of Gigabytes of music, photos and so on - what's it going to do to your contract with your ISP when you come to try to retrieve it? With many contracts, you'll end up going well over your limit. Do that more than once and, chances are, your ISP will throttle you. Keep it local, like rawprawn said... :-)
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