DetlevCM wrote in post #17307508
And for the same amount of money you can buy one 3TB harddrive per year.
You won't be spied upon, you get a better data transfer rate.
Heck, the postal service in England with all its problems would be faster than UK ISPs...
(45KB/s up, absolute maximum of 500KB/s down...)
Incidentally, there is zero need to waste money on Amazon Prime in the UK - shipping is free anyway.
And even if you do pay for postage, you can pay for at least 20 deliveries with first class UK postal service delivery before you'd save money - except that large items where shipping is expensive come with free shipping anyway...
Just some back of the envelope calculations on how stupid "cloud backup" is:
Assuming 1TB of data with a 45KB/s upload:
1TB x 1024GB/TB x 1024MB/GB x 1024KB/MB = 1073741824KB
1073741824KB / 45KB/s /60s/min / 60min/h / 24h/day = 276 days
-> obviously, double the upload, half the time, BUT 1TB is a rather small and conservative amount of data too. (I am using 2.2TB on my server and I don't have that much data.)
-> then the calculation above assumes continuous transfer, so no interruptions between files (may be short, but they add up), no aborted uploads, no cutouts from the ISP.
Everyone's situation is different, and I can't really speak for the UK, but I would imagine most people get far more than 45kb/s up on their connection.
External hard drives are great, but they're vulnerable even if you're using multiples. If they're in your home, they're vulnerable to fire or theft, meaning you could very easily lose EVERYTHING.
You can keep them offsite in a safety deposit box or the like, but it's a pain to drive to the bank, retrieve the drive, upload your changes, and drive back to the bank any time you want to update your offsite backup. How often are you really going to do that? That means your offsite backup, if you even have one, is going to typically be months behind meaning, again, if something happens at home you're losing a lot of data.
As to Amazon Prime, again I can't speak to the UK but in the US shipping is only free on Amazon for orders over $25, and even in that case it's slow. Prime gets you 2-day delivery, and I order a LOT more than 20 things per year off Amazon. It also gets you Amazon's free streaming service, which is basically the same as Netflix and saves you $8/mo there. And of course, the infinite storage for your photos on top of that.
As has previously been mentioned, cloud services also offer other advantages like easy auto-syncing and extensive version history. If you forget to backup it doesn't matter, because it was done (and synced, and versioned) automatically.
Personally, I have a file server running Raid-5 AND use cloud backup. With as cheap as cloud storage is now, it's just stupid not to. I know several local photographer's with extensive onsite Raid backup solutions that have lost important data. It's almost impossible to lose anything with your local server or external drive being also backed up to the cloud with years worth of versioning attached to it automatically.
Then again, if you're one of those nutjobs that thinks Microsoft or Amazon is spending their evenings combing through your raw files for naked pictures of your wife, I can't help you.