How Many Cloud Storage Services Do You Use?

obr2By Sharon Hurley Hall — Last Updated: 26 Oct'17 2013-06-25T10:00:06+00:00Google+

277 GB: as I discovered last week, that’s how much free cloud storage you can get from some of the major cloud storage service providers. And, although, I don’t want to boast, I have even more. Thanks to my grandfathered 25GB storage from Microsoft OneDrive, a second Google account, and a couple of deals from some of the providers in last week’s list, my total free cloud storage amount is well over 300GB.

It sounds a lot, but I have to admit that although I make it my business to collect free cloud storage whenever it’s available, there are only a few services that I use with any regularity. There are a few reasons for that: I haven’t yet settled on the perfect cloud storage aggregator solution, something I plan to address soon.

Maybe I don’t want to install desktop programs for 20 different providers. I’m sure that will slow down my PC and I don’t want to have to remember where I put everything. That’s why I’m only using a few of the online backup and cloud storage services. Here’s my setup – what I think is a winning combo of free and paid services.

Paid Online Backup Services

For me, SugarSync is like one of those friends who always supports you no matter what. I just know it’s there, keeping my stuff backed up in the background. I originally set it up on my PC and tweaked some of the defaults (because that’s the kind of girl I am).

That means I am sure that my client work is always backed up as long as I put it in the right folder. With an Android backup, I always have access to key files. Check out my recent review to see why I love SugarSync. I’m using a special 1oGB storage plan – and I’ve still got plenty of room for more files.

Dropbox is another pillar of my backup strategy. Recently included in my list of Android cloud backup apps, I love it because it’s automatic. I use it in three ways. First, I use it for uploading files from my desktop to share online (such as for my newsletter). Second, I store my library of Kindle books there.

But most importantly, I use it to backup the photos and videos I take on my Android phone (which is increasingly my primary camera). It’s set to upload over WiFi to save on data usage – and it’s fast.

Free Cloud Storage Services

Apart from SugarSync and Dropbox, the other cloud storage services I use are free. Google Drive is the most important of these.

You can’t have a Google account without having Google Drive, but I would probably have used it anyway because of the convenience of: being able to access documents marked for offline use on my phone, sharing documents with clients and editing documents if you don’t have access to your regular word processing, spreadsheet or presentation software.

While I don’t back everything up to Google Drive, the amount of data stored there is growing, though I’m nowhere near using up my 15GB. One thing I do keep backed up (and tagged for offline use on my phone) is a document with the stuff I’m currently working on. That came in pretty handy the last time there was a power cut – I was able to continue working on my phone, which was fully charged.

Occasional Use Cloud Storage Services

Then there’s OneDrive. That’s where I keep my original Kindle book collection – around 1,000 books dating from when I went freebook (is that a word?) happy. OneDrive also has an Android app, but I find it slow compared with Dropbox and keep it in the background in case I need it.

Online Backup Services for your devices

Since I believe firmly in having backups for your backups, I also use Pogoplug and Mediafire as additional backup repositories for media from my phone. When I take more videos, I plan to store those on MEGA.

As for music – I’m not doing much to back it up. That’s because it already exists on two computers and two portable hard drives – I think that’s more than enough, don’t you? In the long run, I plan to get a membership of a cloud music service and then all my music will live there.

Conclusion

So that’s how I’m using the cloud backup services I mentioned. I’m using three services with 125GB of cloud storage regularly and keeping another four in reserve for when I need them.

What about you? How many cloud storage services are you using and how have you divided up your stuff?

4 thoughts on “How Many Cloud Storage Services Do You Use?”

  1. You pointed out the “gotcha” in cloud storage syncing – all those different clients.
    I use Dropbox, SpiderOak, RoboForm, Evernote* and Gmail.

    Dropbox is for development and any client work that is not under NDA. SpiderOak is my planned “all-in-one” solution and it will be a combination real-time backup and syncing operation to replace my half dozen desktop apps such as Duplicati and Filezilla.

    RoboForm is for my passwords. the latest version is cloud-centric so it counts in my book. That has a desktop component and a web browser component as well, so I may do some redundancy by including the RoboForm folder in the SpiderOak job list.

    Evernote is the catch-all for project notes, story outlines, bug-tracking, client correspondence, music videos (so I can play them on my Kindle – yay!) and, because I have a premium account, I have searchable PDFs and Office documents as well. Again, this represents an addition desktop client with attendant folders. {sigh}

    Finally, I included Gmail, not only because of the obvious webmail storage but because I send WordPress database backups to my email account.

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the aggregator department: there just has to be a simple way to pool all that 300 GB space you have!

    Cheers,

    Mitch

    1. Thanks for sharing your setup, Mitch. It still sounds a little complex. Why is SpiderOak your chosen solution – I’ve played with it and probably have a dormant account somewhere. 🙂 My initial assessment of aggregators is that they don’t work with all providers. I’m hoping that since I last looked at them things have moved on. Watch this space …

  2. Sharon, I settled on SpiderOak for two main reasons: first, their zero-knowledge philosophy is superior to Dropbox (assuming they agree to defy law enforcement subpoenas); second, the automatic backup feature allows me to consolidate my current operations – which have never been fully realized.

    The biggest problem with DIY setups is remembering the protocols. I actually have a protocol written in Evernote. It covers everything from Disaster recovery to Legacy notification (for continuity’s sake.)

    Despite that, the overall process is overwhelming and I just haven’t gotten everything working.

    As an aside, I recently stepped up my efforts after my external 3TB drive (the WD MyBook) died on me. That was the final straw – let somebody else buy the hardware! LOL

    Cheers,

    Mitch

    1. Yes, it gets to the point where you need backup backups both online and offline. Good thought on the protocol. I have some stuff in a shared document, but not all -that would be a time consuming process in itself. Maybe I should give SpiderOak another look.

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