Backing up Dropbox contents
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I use Dropbox a ton for my work purpose. My files are about a GB and majority of the files are just pdf, ...
Backing up Dropbox contents
I use Dropbox a ton for my work purpose. My files are about a GB and majority of the files are just pdf, maximum file size about 10mb. Honestly, this is my bread and butter and can not afford to lose any of these files. Majority of the times, I work on tablet (android or iPad)
I wonder if anyone is aware of any app for iOS (or otherwise) where I can regularly backup my data to another cloud service.
Many thanks in advance
Note - I took a look at service called as mybackupbox.com but for some reason I decided that I do not want to go that route.
12-24-2012 01:24 PM
Have you thought about having your own Cloud? If you are interested have a look at these threads What is NAS and what can it do for you? and Personal Cloud Storage
I back up my Dropbox by simply setting it up on several PCs. Dropbox automatically shares everything you have to laptops and PC hard drives, so the backup is automatic. Only when using a mobile device with limited storage do you have to worry about syncing. You can then worry about the separate devices for back up but if you have several you are better off anyhow.
Everything in my Dropbox goes to my iMac, which I clone to an external drive every few days. I have copies out the wazoo, without even thinking about it.
Like you, I would not trust my important data to someone else's server. You might also wish to check out Polkast, which turns your desktop computer into cloud storage, among other things.
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Thank you guys for the ideas.
My data is important but frankly, even if it gets stolen, nobody will earn a dime out of it. Hence, I don't care where it sits, as long as it is available as and when I need (in case of Dropbox failure or accidental deletion or something). I too have Dropbox set up on 2 different laptops, still I need somewhere off my place.
NAS is a good idea and I have thought about it but I am not at all geeky and whatever geeky stuff I know, networking is the worst area. I am considering a router with USB port though so that it can be used as NAS (still I don't know how I could back up Dropbox there). Honestly, I just want ready system, something like, 'Does what it says on the can' style.
I have 50GB of Box.net space but their sync app is so pathetic that I feel like it doesn't do any job. I never managed to use it successfully (or may be I am just a retard.)
It is possible to set up sync between GoodReader and DropBox folders. Or you could manually download the important folders on a schedule (easily set up in Calendars).
Though the best solution, if you have a computer, is to install the DropBox app on it(so that you have local files synced) and then make sure you regularly backup the computer to an external HD.
That's what I do.
If your really want backup, it needs to be in more than one location. A home PC, a work PC, etc. a NAS at home and a laptop could both let you down in the event of a serious problem, like a house fire.
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