Cloud Backup

I am not the usual “consumer.” I have terabytes of photos and videos I want to save in the cloud plus personal documents.

In general, I use a Dropbox Individual Plus account for the day-to-day file management. It has 1 TB for a cost of  CA$10.75 per month. There are Dropbox Enterprise accounts Standard for CA$17.50 and Advanced for CA$27.50 per month with 2TB and Unlimited storage respectively. But that’s more than the Amazon Prime has Amazon Drive Unlimited for CA$59.99 per year.

But my photos and videos total about 5 TB at this time.

Previously I used Crashplan . It allowed unlimited backup from the network storage. Then in late 2016 I couldn’t backup from the network drives. So I quit Crashplan. I was paying about CA$20 per month anyhow for a family plan to allow multiple computers. Now it looks like they don’t even have that plan.

I store all my archive locally on a Synology DS12+ drive. Synology has some utilities including their Hyper Backup. It will backup to cloud services including Amazon Drive. So I tested it.

It works, but the files are not backed up individually. The backup is managed by the Hyper Backup application, and the files are embedded into “buckets.” Buckets are how on a higher level, Amazon stores data. But, this won’t work for me, because then the only way to get individual files out of these buckets would be by using the Hyper Backup on my Synology. And that isn’t flexible enough.

So the first test with a PC. I am testing SyncBackPro which I already use. It supports Amazon Cloud drive and costs CA$77.95. So far so good.

ChronoCync is a Mac program which costs US$49.99.  But it doesn’t work with Amazon Drive; it only connects to S3.

How about Arq Backup? It’s US$49.99 per user and lifetime upgrades cost anther US$29.99.

Arq stores your encrypted backups in a format that’s open and documented. Store the data in your own Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Web Services (S3 or Glacier), Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage (including “Nearline”), Dropbox, OneDrive account, your own SFTP server, or a folder on your NAS.

There’s even an open-source restore tool, so advanced users can use the app’s credentials to access the data directly.

Knowing where your backups are and being able to see the data directly brings peace of mind.

I haven’t decided because this is restrictive. It won’t let me access my files directly from, for example, the Amazon Drive web browser interface.

Next, I found another program GoodSync by Siber Systems which looked promising as it supports PC, Mac and even Linux to run on the Synology drive. But I installed it on the Synology and ran it, and the first thing it asked for is an account for Goodsync. Show stopper in my opinion. I want a long term solution not to rely on logging in to some account.


Continuing on, there is Cloudberry Backup.

They do have a Synology version with a 200 GB limit which I’m trying out. But, it doesn’t register!



That’s all up to May 1, 2017. Stay tuned there are a few more to test.

Next is ODRIVE. They say it will work with external storage.

On the Mac

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A different approach on the Mac
Cloud Storage Without Using up Local Storage with The New ExpanDrive 3

I just tried CloudMounter on the Mac. It doesn’t support Amazon Cloud Drive, only Amazon S3.