So how do you backup your files, (or do you?) Do you backup everything on a separate hard drive or do you use a flash drive. Or maybe your old school and use CDs or DVDs for backing up your computer files? Whatever the case I just hope you are backing up your devices. And if you want to learn more why it’s important to Backup your Files, click here
So are you wondering how to use cloud storage service to backup your devices, (computers, tablets, phones)? Well, cloud storage is becoming more popular as time goes on.
And it will be a long time before they go out of style (that’s if they ever do) like the floppy disks did, (oh wow what are those 🙂 ) and soon the CD’s will be gone the same way.
So if you aren’t taking advantage of cloud services, now would be a good time to start and best of all you can use their free services to do this.
One of the many advantages of using a cloud storage service is you can get all your data synced across multiple devices in most cases, so should one device fail you will still be able to get to your files using any of your other devices.
Another great thing about using this service is your data will still be protected should you ever fall victim to Ransomware (click here to learn about Ransomware). Even if you use a separate external drive (like and external hard drive or flash drive) connected to your computer it will most likely be lost with the rest of your files in a Ransomware attack.
How much storage can you get for free?
On an average, you will find that most storage services like Dropbox will only offer around 2GB of free storage, whereas Google Drive will give you 15GB of storage for free, and services like MediaFire and pCloud where they offer 10GB to 50GB by referring others.
Now depending on when you set up your Microsoft account (everyone has, haven’t they?) you might be getting 15GB of free storage with their OneDrive cloud service.
But If you’re new to OneDrive you will only be allotted 5GB, now for each referral, you get to sign up, you will get an extra 500MB.
So if you were to sign up enough people you could be back to having 15GB of storage. (Sounds like too much trouble me) 🙁 .
Google Photos is a great service to use for all your photos, here you can get unlimited storage for your photos as long as you aren’t looking to keep high-resolution pictures.
Now the cut in resolution size is very hard to see any difference in unless maybe you’re a professional that has an eye for that kind of thing. 🙂
To find out more on how to use Google photos take a look at my post on Backing up your photos with Google Photos. And with using this you can access your photos from any device that you load the app on. Oh did I forget to tell you it’s free?
By using more than one Cloud Storage:
By using more than one storage service you will be able to build yourself a large hard drive in the cloud for no cost. That’s right for free! You can set one up to save all of your documents to, another one for your photo’s, and yet another for videos.
Don’t forget your music, you will want these saved (I don’t know about you but I would be lost without my music library), and if you run out of space on one of those, open up another storage service and continue on backing up your files.
Seeing that videos will consume the largest amount of data I would use one of cloud storage that offers the largest free storage like MediaFire where you can get 10GB up to 50GB of free storage by referring others to use their service.
So as you can see you should be able to back up everything you have for free, it will just take some creativity and a little time to set up, but you will find it well worth your time knowing that your files are backed up in a safe and secure place.
Finding those free services with Cloudwards:
I came across this great site the other day that will help in finding the best Cloud Storage Service that will fit your needs. Making it a lot easier to find all of the best free sites or paid services. And you will be able to compare them against each other, see how much free storage they offer and of course how much storage you can get for the smallest price.
At the top of their chart, you can enter the amount of storage you’re looking for and click on a choice of features that you would like included, such as File sharing, Synchronization, or Free Storage. If you would like to give it a shot, just click here.
Managing your Cloud Storage services:
Once you get your Cloud Storage services setup and your files uploaded you can use a service like Otixo.com where you can manage all your cloud storage sites in place.
From there you will be able to access all your files across all your services, upload a new file and transfer it to the desired cloud, transfer files between your services with drag-and-drop, and use their browser based encryption to encrypt your files or encrypt entire clouds.
This is included in their Free service, now you will only be able to manage 2GB of bandwidth per month, that’s why I recommend uploading all your files to your Cloud Storage services first.
Sounds pretty good right, well it is, but (there is always a but) they may not support the cloud service that you signed up for, now they do support up to 36 sites right now, and are always looking to add more.
So if you want to use this site click on the above link and you can see their list of services, from there check the list against the list below to find the services you want to use.
Set them all up and then go back to Otixo and add them to your account, you will be good to go from there. 🙂
Keep your files locally:
You will most defiantly want to keep your files stored on your local hard drive or even an external drive for safety reasons. Should one of those go out of business and close up the doors, or should they suffer from some sort of catastrophe well, all data will be lost.
You just never know, and if that happened and you don’t have your files stored on your hard drive, well as you can see you will have lost those files. So to be on the safe side, always have your files stored on your local drive.
Sharing Files with others:
This one isn’t a priority in my book, but if you’re like most folks that enjoy sharing their photos this feature will come in handy. For instance, you have some new photos of the kids, or maybe you just got back from vacation and have a bundle of pictures that are dying to be shared.
Well with this feature you can pick who you want to share them with, instead of sharing with the whole planet on one of your favorite social media site. 🙁
It is possible to share only the files or photos to a limited group, or just one special person with most of the above services mentioned, and it is usually done with a password that you would share with that person.
So if this something you want, just make sure that is included with the other features they list.Most of the services will set up a unique URL for this, where you just share the link with the person that you want to give access to that particular file.
Having your files synced:
This is one feature that I like to have, having this you can always use whatever device that you have to continue with your work. For example, let’s say you’re working on a document using your desktop computer. You then decide to go outside to finish the article, (because it’s just too nice a day to stay inside).
With your files being synced you can take whatever device with you outside and pick up where you left off. (Prety nifty huh).
For another example let’s say that you’re out with friends or family and you want to share some photos that you just uploaded, well with the sync feature you only have to worry about uploading them to your PC and then they are available on all of your other devices like your phone.
Now even if they don’t have syncing available you can just use the browser on the device that you are using and open up your cloud account, (using a password of course) and access the files from there.
One way or the other you will always have access to those files no matter where you are or what device you are using at the time.
Can’t be bothered doing backups manually? They’ve got you covered:
You won’t find too many cloud storage providers that offer their service for free, but there are some pretty good ones around, they just don’t offer too much fee storage space.
The great thing about these is that you can set up schedules to back up your files, eliminating the hassle of worrying about doing this manually (where most of will forget to do, lol).
You can set them for daily, hourly, or just a particular day of the week, and of course, at a time you’re not using the device, but then again if you don’t mind it taking up your bandwidth while you’re working on your PC then go for it.
Here are some of the best free ones according to PCmag.com, Starting with iDrive that will give you 5GB of storage, SpiderOakOne with 2GB, EMC MozyHome with 2GB, and OpenDrive with 5GB.
So as you can see if you were to use each one, you should be able to get up to 14GB of free storage space. Just have each one backup a different file, and don’t schedule them all to backup at the same time. 🙂 In doing this you will be well on your way to having a great backup system.
Now if you don’t mind paying a monthly fee you can find more than 10 great providers with a reasonable monthly for a fee.
Starting at around $4.00 dollars per month you can get a storage capacity of 50oGB and up to over $300 dollars for 10TB of storage.
You will find that most will offer better prices for a yearly plan than the $300. (That one is the extreme, it’s more so for large businesses)
But hey, if you have the money you can sign up for just one plan to take care of all your needs. If you want, you can take a look at PCmag.com where Michael Muchmore reviews the top 10 online backup services, click on the link here.
Now you will be happy to know that once all your file are uploaded (which can take several minutes to an hour depending on the size of your files)to their servers, the next time they do a backup they will only be backing up the changes that have been made, this will save time and bandwidth.
Alternative to using Dropbox. “Wiredrive”
I think everyone is familiar with Dropbox, right? Well, they have been around for a long time now and a lot of agencies have been using them. But now they are realizing that with a lot of their work being done with videos these days that they want a faster service for managing their digital projects. Not to say that Dropbox is no good, but if you do a lot of video work you are going to want a service that is more tailored to handle your projects.
Not to say that Dropbox is no good, but if you do a lot of video work you are going to want a service that is more tailored to handle your projects.
And that is where Wiredrive comes into play, it has been built around teams that work heavily with videos for their projects. Now you are problem thinking that hey, I know my way around Dropbox so why would I want to change and start something new.
Well, they have gone as far as incorporating a solution to their service to make the transition as smooth as possible, one that can be done over time.
This way you can continue using Dropbox until you are comfortable with Wiredrive. So if this is something you would like to check out you can take a look at their services by clicking here.
How to use Cloud Storage for backups:
As you can see there are more advantages to using Cloud Storage other than just backups, you will get easy access to your files anytime and from anywhere on any device you chose to use at the time.If you want to learn more about Cloud Computing
If you want to learn more about Cloud Computing click here. No need to fret about privacy issues because of most of them if not all will encrypt your files for you, so only you have access to them.
Many of them will specialize in specific features they offer. For example, SpiderOak is more concerned with security as for where Dropbox and SugarSync like to devote their efforts to keeping your files synced across your device. And then you have Google Drive, OneDrive (Microsoft) and others like them that are not only providing storage for your files but allowing you to collaborate with others on your files at the same time with medial-playing and of course syncing all your files.
And then you have Google Drive, OneDrive (Microsoft) and others like them that are not only providing storage for your files but allowing you to collaborate with others on your files at the same time with medial-playing and of course syncing all your files.
So as you can see if you haven’t taken advantage of Cloud Storage, it’s time to start now before you get left behind in the dust.
I hope you have found this to be very useful in keeping your files backed up, something that is a must-do to preserve your files in case anything happens to their original location. I look forward to hearing from you, so how about joining in on the discussion about backing up your files with Cloud storage services and let us know what you use, or if you have a question, ask away. 🙂