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Anyone here backing up their RAW photos with Google Photos?

 
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Jan 08, 2018 03:51 |  #1

Cloud storage hasn't really been a viable option for me to backup my RAW photos as it would be too expensive. However, the Google Pixel 2 offer unlimited storage for photos and video. From what I gather, I can simply just transfer my RAW photos from my computer to a Google Pixel 2 phone and upload it to the cloud. It won't count against my storage quota. That sounds amazing and I'm wondering if anyone here is using this method to backup their images to the cloud? Seems like a really affordable solution and I also get an excellent smartphone. I wonder if there any any limitations or any issues that I may not be aware of? I'm seriously thinking of going down this path and I'm looking for some opinions on this option.

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Jan 08, 2018 07:37 |  #2

Turns out Pixel 2's unlimited photo storage has a limit (external link)
It seems that the deal runs out in 2020. Not sure how much pictures you are talking about, but if you talk several hundred GB then it takes quite a while to transfer them to the phone and then up to the cloud.

You decision compares with typically 5 US$/mt backup plan (e.g. mozy / backblaze) = 120 US$ for the 2 year Pixel deal. I rather would get a cheaper phone and go for an easier (and with versioning) backup solution .


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Jan 13, 2018 23:33 |  #3

drmaxx wrote in post #18536181 (external link)
Turns out Pixel 2's unlimited photo storage has a limit (external link)
It seems that the deal runs out in 2020. Not sure how much pictures you are talking about, but if you talk several hundred GB then it takes quite a while to transfer them to the phone and then up to the cloud.

You decision compares with typically 5 US$/mt backup plan (e.g. mozy / backblaze) = 120 US$ for the 2 year Pixel deal. I rather would get a cheaper phone and go for an easier (and with versioning) backup solution .

And those backup solutions mentioned will backup whatever data you have, not just photos.

The Pixels are good phones, but get one because you want the phone, not because of some bundled storage.




  
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Jan 14, 2018 17:12 |  #4

I do or should I say I did for bunch of shots from few years but I need to do it more often. It did take me quite a while on fast 300Mbps+ link. I did to drive and mirror from there into Photos. Nice thing I like it reminds me of the pictures I took like 2, 3 yes ago.


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Jan 14, 2018 18:35 |  #5

I use backblaze to backup all my drives to the cloud. 5 bucks a month I'll gladly spend after I fried one of my HDD's.


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Jan 14, 2018 18:43 |  #6

mystik610 wrote in post #18540940 (external link)
I use backblaze to backup all my drives to the cloud. 5 bucks a month I'll gladly spend after I fried one of my HDD's.

The only problem I have with Backbaze is their short 30 day retention for deleted files and prior versions. I'm looking at using their B2 storage service ($5/TB/mo) with Cloudberry backup software to control the backups. Cloudberry gives a lot more control over the process.




  
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Jan 14, 2018 18:54 |  #7

Yeaaah. I'm backing up several terrabytes of data and don't want to pay too much for cloud based backup, so stuck with the basic backblaze plan. Most of the stuff I'm putting on the cloud is archived stuff that's pretty static and access mostly read only, so I'm not too concerned about versioning.


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Jan 16, 2018 16:53 |  #8

I use Backblaze as well. All my local stuff is sat on Raid drives so the chances of me losing an entire drive's worth of data is remote. A quick weekly test of each drive and glance at my BB backup is enough for me to be confident in it.


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Jan 19, 2018 10:54 |  #9

Another Backblaze user, although my mobile backs up to Google. I may be wrong (and it may be different for the Pixel), but I thought the unlimited storage only applied to Lo-Res files. If you wanted to store hi-res/Raw files you had to pay?




  
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Jan 19, 2018 15:12 |  #10

mike_d wrote in post #18540943 (external link)
I'm looking at using their B2 storage service ($5/TB/mo) with Cloudberry backup software to control the backups. Cloudberry gives a lot more control over the process.

I just see that they raised their max. backup size for the desktop version to 5 TB (last year it was 1 TB). This means that I might switch over to Cloudberry once my crashplan plan runs out in two years. But currently, I am very happy with crashplan as their software behaves very gracefully with me carrying my laptop all over the place.


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Jan 19, 2018 17:18 |  #11

I don't find any online options attractive since I was spoilt with Crashplan.

Other providers delete your files and don't keep file versions, while Crashplan kept your files forever if you wanted and multiple versions. All for a low price.

Post Crashplan, I'm just using two NAS units. One on-site and used to backup on a daily basis. One kept off-site and I back up to it once a month over the internet, or more often if it's an especially important job, or set of files.




  
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Jan 19, 2018 18:06 |  #12

Have you gotten the new Crashplan interface pushed to you? It looks like it was designed by a mobile app developer who decided that users need to tap a dozen things to get information that used to be visible from a single page. It's like going from Microsoft Outlook to Win8's built in mail app.




  
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Jan 20, 2018 02:17 |  #13

mike_d wrote in post #18544705 (external link)
Have you gotten the new Crashplan interface pushed to you? It looks like it was designed by a mobile app developer who decided that users need to tap a dozen things to get information that used to be visible from a single page. It's like going from Microsoft Outlook to Win8's built in mail app.

Yup - but that's the reason why I like crashplan. I don't need to care as I hardly use the interface. From time to time I test if I can retrieve previous versions of files and this works reasonably easy. I can handle ugly and clumsy periodically.


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Jan 20, 2018 11:27 |  #14

drmaxx wrote in post #18544897 (external link)
Yup - but that's the reason why I like crashplan. I don't need to care as I hardly use the interface. From time to time I test if I can retrieve previous versions of files and this works reasonably easy. I can handle ugly and clumsy periodically.

I'll always prefer a good interface no matter often I need it. They wrecked it in the name of "everything must look like a phone app" that so many developers chant today.




  
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Jan 20, 2018 17:14 as a reply to  @ mike_d's post |  #15

I know very well where you are coming from. But nowadays I am already happy, if software works as promised. There is so much pretty fluff out there that just doesn't really work and I got used to lower my standard to a point where I appreciate the stuff that just works.


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