Photo back for peace of mind

well the hard drive crashed and so did the Ext back up at the same time. ,… not sure why. So as the new year comes and I try and decide on an affordable back up Im open to suggestions on the best way to save my photo collection in the future

I use Google photos and Amazon photos.


Both good choices or iCloud if on Apple system. Lastly, one of the current Twit sponsors, IDrive might meet your needs.

I use several methods. I have a lot of photos I do not want to lose…

I have a back up hard drive here (where I live), and one I keep a back up USB drive at work as well. I also also keep all of my son’s pics on IDrive (just the free tier - 5GB). And, also, all of my photos are also uploaded to Google Drive and Google photos. So, I keep them backed up in several places…

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I’m curious about BackBlaze because they seem pretty reasonably priced, and I hear good things about their recovery process if you ever actually need to retrieve anything. I have no experience with them myself, though, so I apologize for kind of tacking this onto the discussion, but for anyone who might be familiar prepared to vouch for it, perhaps it could prove another viable and worthy option.

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This. Backed up in two separate cloud systems.

I back up to OneDrive as part of my O365 subscription and to iCloud as part of a subscription, and for the time being also to Google Photos. Google starting to charge for Photos in June has me exploring local backup options, though— maybe some kind of NAS solution that might also let me play around with a Plex server for movies and music. I’ll be following this thread.

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Backblaze saved my butt a couple times far as cloud backup goes.


Sorry to hear your bad luck. Did you have the external powered up? Sounds like you had some bad power event–get yourself a UPS stat. I will argue that you need to make a local backup and then power off and store the device. This means you need at least two devices, so you can replace the backup while still having the old one. If it’s online (powered up) then you’re vulnerable to bad power, and if it’s connected, you’re vulnerable to cyrpto-malware. And of course, since fire and earthquake and tornado and hurricanes happen, you need an offsite backup too, if you want to be secure. Remember the saying 3,2,1: three copies, two of which are on different media, one of which is offsite.

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thanks for all the ideas. I will check them out tomorrow, why did the Ext Seagate and Dell desk top die at the same time ? wondering about that too, no power surges I knew off, on the Seagate I was able to down load some but not all of my pic’s back to the new desk top, thats why I want to send them off site to be as safe as I can be, Thanks again for all the ideas

I’ve been using Carbonite for over half a decade. My daughter’s MacBook Pro had problems with the Mac client, so I switched her over to Backblaze. Both have done a great job, just sitting in the background.

I actually tested ít out in April. I rebuilt my PC as a Linux box, but there were hardware compatibilities (AMD Rzyen + nVidia graphics card would pause YouTube videos for 10 seconds when opening another application), so I went back to Windows and restored the data from Carbonite. It worked flawlessly.

I actually have a multi-pronged backup.
SSD->HDD->NAS (scheduled Rsync job copies files from the SSD to a 2TB HDD in the PC and from there it is rsynced to the NAS on a backup partition)
SSD->Strato HiDrive cloud storage (used to be OneDrive, but due to the collapse of Privacy Shield, that is no longer an option, HiDrive is 100% European, so a good choice for me).

We switched my daughter’s MacBook Pro from Carbonite to Backblaze 2 years ago, because Carbonite stopped working. BB has run flawlessy ever since, although we haven’t had to recover anything yet.

(She learnt the hard way, I gave her 1TB of OneDrive space and USB sticks to store her data on. She stored it all on her MacBook locally, then on her way back from uni one day, she stuffed her coffee thermos cup into her rucksack, but forgot to close it. By the time she got home, all the coffee was in the Mac - motherboard dead, drive dead, display had lovel fractal patterns all over it! I installed Carbonite directly on her new MacBook, when she got it. It does the backup automagically in the background, as does Backblaze, so you never have to worry about it, unless it (prominently) tells you that there is a problem.

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seems Backblaze fits my budget, I was using Photo bucket but after trying to pull some of my lost pics back to my PC and having problems I dropped them, last time I looked I was up to 110 Gb’s