Cloud Backup or Physical Backup? Which one do you prefer?

  • Cloud Backup

    Votes: 16 38.1%
  • HDD/SSD

    Votes: 26 61.9%
  • Total voters
    42

Thales

Level 4
Hey

I'm thinking about the best solution for me but this could help anyone. In the long term HDD/SSD is cheaper than the cloud solution. if you buy 2 pieces SSD/HDD that will boost the redundancy and reduce the data loss. Cloud solution is more convenient has its own advantages but need high speed connection to upload large files.

Tell me what do you think....
 

Lightning_Brian

Level 13
Content Creator
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Gotta follow that 3 + 2 + 1 rule @Thales ! :D:):)

Links for more information:

Backup Strategies: Why the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy is the Best

What is 3-2-1 backup?

External HDDs are great. Maybe throw on some encryption if your paranoid like me (I'm overly paranoid, but for good reason).

@Umbra got any great suggestions for cloud services? Do you do everything manually for syncing or do you use a cloud to cloud backup utility/service? I'm currently doing everything manually while following the 3+2+1 rule!

Edit: I use some serious levels of encryption before putting anything onto the Cloud... However, I'm LOCO COCO that way! hahaha All seriousness please do use encryption as you never know who may get a hold of your data! Don't want full images out in the open of your computer do ya'? Na'!

~Brian
 
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mlnevese

Level 15
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I use both as well... The cloud to save any file/document I'm currently working on so that I am sure I will not lose my work and that it will be available in whatever computer I happen to be using at the moment and an external HD for system images of my computers.
 

R2D2

Level 4
I don't have much luck with hard disks having experienced several drive failures either electronic or mechanical. Heck even a SSD has failed on me!

Therefore, I backup to about half a dozen cloud storage services and to NAS boxes at home. NAS is primary backup while Cloud service backups are secondary. All large media files, music, movies are backed up on NAS.

PS - All data backups to cloud, except Zoolz, Dropbox & Sync, are done using Duplicati and encrypted. List of Cloud providers:
a) Amazon Drive (Duplicati)
b) Mega - (Duplicati)
c) Google Drive (Duplicati)
d) pCloud (Duplicati & Native client for Cryptofolder). pCloud also backs up my Dropbox, Onedrive & Google Drive contents at regular intervals. Love that feature.
e) Zoolz Cold Storage (Native client)
f) Dropbox (Native client, some personal files encrypted using Cryptomator and Boxcryptor)
g) Sync (Native client)

Several other dormant and unused Cloud accounts which are not really relevant to this thread.

I am also currently considering signing up for Wasabi.
 
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DeepWeb

Level 22
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My Internet is slow and each backup is 7-15 GB so local backup is my only and preferred option. I bought a used enterprise SSD with an endurance rating of 2 PB for relatively cheap where I store my backups. I think at my current frequency backing up twice a week, this SSD would easily outlive me. Speed and convenience are more important. I also am a tinfoil hat who believes that cloud storage solutions never truly delete their contents when you press the delete button so I can't roll with that.
 

Vasudev

Level 28
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Hey

I'm thinking about the best solution for me but this could help anyone. In the long term HDD/SSD is cheaper than the cloud solution. if you buy 2 pieces SSD/HDD that will boost the redundancy and reduce the data loss. Cloud solution is more convenient has its own advantages but need high speed connection to upload large files.

Tell me what do you think....
For archive HDD is best. Usually, physical backup has fastest turnaround time and least waiting time unlike Coud sync and restore!
My Internet is slow and each backup is 7-15 GB so local backup is my only and preferred option. I bought a used enterprise SSD with an endurance rating of 2 PB for relatively cheap where I store my backups. I think at my current frequency backing up twice a week, this SSD would easily outlive me. Speed and convenience are more important. I also am a tinfoil hat who believes that cloud storage solutions never truly delete their contents when you press the delete button so I can't roll with that.
SSD are temp sensitive and colder temp might cause data integrity issues. Since you use it frequently the chance of data corruption is minimal.
Do you use Micron 1100 SSD?
 

TairikuOkami

Level 22
Content Creator
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HDD and USB at the moment, I would prefer 256-512GB USB, but waiting for prices to drop a little. I recall buying 4GB for $20.
I recently bought waterproof Adata UV310 64GB for $20 (I wish, they would have at least 128GB), I also have a bulletproof Pretec. :D
By the way, I am also considering Backblaze. $50 per year for an unlimited storage and unlimited file size (very few services offer this).
 
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Local Host

Level 14
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I use backups as last resort, in case there's a system failure.

So using HDD/SDD for backups, would go against the objective, cause if the HDD/SSD fails (house burned down as extreme example), there's no way to get that data back.

Not to mention with Cloud Backups I save space, on top of having backups of every file modification (which make restoring specific files prior to changes made 5 min. ago or even +24h ago a blessing).

Obviously the most important data, is also available on an USB Drive.
 
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So using HDD/SDD for backups, would go against the objective, cause if the HDD/SSD fails (house burned down as extreme example), there's no way to get that data back.
I disagree, it isn't against the objective (if you care and store your external drive properly)
The situation you mentioned apply to cloud servers as well.
Data centers can burn too, servers can malfunction, or you may just lose your password/2FA, etc...
It is why using both is best practice.