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Have you ever considered the possibility that maybe the people in QA are the smarter ones?
At least they know how to subscribe to a website, find the correct forum, and post a question.
A scary thought...
Why aren't you telling us the web site? It's publicly available right so there's no harm in telling.
Are you sure this isn't a web site set up to get people to join specifically so they can hack the members?
I have about 5 TB of photos and videos, plus some music and lots of code, programs, etc..
I have dropbox and onedrive, and use them to store my documents and share programming bits and pieces, but not much more, as my 5 TB of photos reside on a QNAP NAS.
Until now I was using SOS Online Backup to make a full backup of my main PC and the QNAP NAS for disaster recovery, you know, the house is on fire, full melt-down, etc.. I have USB external HDD where I regularly backup stuff, but those external HDDs still reside at home. Now, SOS Online Backup decided not to offer unlimited backup anymore, and the 5 TB tier would be thousands of dollars, what service can you recommend?
I used in the past CrashPlan, but I found it very buggy and had to map/remap the folders on the NAS all the time for CrashPlan to see them and then hope they get backed-up.
good point. Out of the 5 TB, about 3.8 TB are only photos. I scanned two generations (family was very prolific shooting film ) and have gone full digital since 2004. I go on trips just to take photos and so do other members of the family.
Have them all neatly catalogued in Lightroom, with proper tags and keywords.
Don't look at the photos every day, or every week, but just want to know that if the computer, the NAS and all the HDD were to go, in a disaster, I can still recover the stuff.
Have you had to do a major recovery from a Carbonite backup? I used the program for a couple of years, and don't recall any problems with backing up, but two independent and relatively small restores to recover earlier versions of some program source were glacially slow, to the extent that it looked as if it would take days to recover from a major crash. I have changed to CrashPlan Pro. Backup is at least equally efficient, and restores are very fast. I have seen more backup glitches than with Carbonite, and you have to keep an eye on the system (which they make very easy), but their support is among the best for any of my major utilities - the techs are knowledgeable and polite, and do not assume that the user is an idiot!
If you have a trusted friend/relative living within reasonable driving distance, why not buy an additional 5TB disk for your photos, and store it with them? Whenever you visit them, take the latest disk over to their house, and swap it with the one already there.
This is what I do with the data from my genealogical research; so far, I haven't needed to use the backup, but it's there if I need it.
(I'm assuming that you are not a professional photographer, i.e. you don't have massive amounts of new photos every month.)
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
3 hard drives
1: NAS (actually a mirror RAID), only connected during backups.
2. On the shelf, backup from NAS
3. Off site or safe.
Rotate 2 and 3.
Never leave backup devices connected full time, even cloud if they are mapped.
Helped 2 clients through cryptolocker. Both had air separated backups, minimal data lost. One required rebuild of server (file and Exchange), the other was data restore only. Current NAS only accepts data from limited number of IP addresses and users (administrators). All important systems are now virtual, easy to backup (2x a month) and keep copies off line.
Your are not paranoid, they really are out to get you.
Arguing with a woman is like reading the Software License Agreement. In the end, you ignore everything and click "I agree".
That's pretty much my backup strategy. I've been buying drives in sets of 3 for years now. One live, one local backup (disconnected), the third one for an off-site backup that gets rotated with the other one on a regular basis.