Solved Is backing up my Windows to cloud a stupid idea?

September 29, 2014 at 01:36:15
Specs: Windows 8
I'm using Backup and Restore for backing up my Windows 8 occasionally. Just like to ask if any of you would backup the whole Windows to the cloud for disaster recovery? What tool and which cloud are you using?

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October 8, 2014 at 19:22:32
Free as included as part of your ISP fee is good but free as in an independent company that is not charging you, may not be a good idea. For back ups, you would want a company that you are paying a reasonable fee so they are responsible to you. You are basically contracting them to protect your files and make them available to you only whenever you need them. Of course, a local back up is also very important or go with a totally local solution with a portable hard drive or NAS and another like DVD's that can be moved to a remote location if the files are that critical (or an internal hard drive with a portable hard drive as the second copy).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



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September 29, 2014 at 02:16:01
Any form of backup is useful, but I wouldn't rely on the Cloud system alone. Dvd for seriously important items at least (perhaps two sets regularly checked and updated; separately stored etc. ) and an external hard drive too. Two different media are unlikely to fail at the same time... Data backups and full system too.

An NAS would be useful - that too with a separate hard drive as a backup for the NAS - just in-case it dies completely. A minimum mirror NAS would a good stating point for an NAS. Properly configured and secured you can use an NAS for remote access.

Using a cloud system you are effectively using such a system - NAS; but relying on other to ensure its security etc... And cloud systems - like any remote storage system - can be hacked; and also are still vulnerable to hardware failures, and power outs... Although both the latter will (hopefully)have suitable backup systems...

Cloud does allow a degree of mobility in terms of data access - as does having one's own remote access to one's own NAS etc...? So using a "public/third-party" cloud system isn't stupid, but certainly one ought to be aware of, and balance, the pros and cons of the "public" cloud systems; and ensure one does have "local" backups etc. as well.

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September 29, 2014 at 03:02:53
Cloud backup is quickly gaining popularity as a better disaster recovery strategy. New software can now encrypt data before leaving the computer to the cloud. Encrypted backups ensure that data is protected in-transit and at-rest ensuring complete end-to-end protection.

With your own NAS you need to manage power cuts, hardware failure etc. But cloud services have sufficient resources to handle these risks so to provide high availability.

It's reasonable not to rely on cloud system alone, especially if you have limited bandwidth. Many companies now adopt hybrid strategy including on-premises and cloud backup.


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September 30, 2014 at 05:14:27
Ask the celebrities if backing up their nude selfies to the cloud was a good idea, lol.

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October 8, 2014 at 19:22:32
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Free as included as part of your ISP fee is good but free as in an independent company that is not charging you, may not be a good idea. For back ups, you would want a company that you are paying a reasonable fee so they are responsible to you. You are basically contracting them to protect your files and make them available to you only whenever you need them. Of course, a local back up is also very important or go with a totally local solution with a portable hard drive or NAS and another like DVD's that can be moved to a remote location if the files are that critical (or an internal hard drive with a portable hard drive as the second copy).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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October 9, 2014 at 00:58:34
Echoing "fingers" well presented comments above...

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