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Reformat and Online Storage

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Xarcell, May 29, 2011.

  1. Xarcell

    Xarcell Well-Known Member

    So I'm wanting to restore my PC to factory and re-install all my needed programs, etc etc. I'm also a photographer, so unfortunately I have about 100GB(altogether) worth of photos & theme PSD's that needs to be stored, just to be re-downloaded after the reformat.

    Any ideas on this? I'm really low on cash, I don't have the flash drives or enough dvd's to store it all. I was thinking more towards online storage? Any suggestions?
    Victor likes this.
  2. Nasr

    Nasr Well-Known Member

  3. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    Just how fast is your upload speed? :p

    I wouldn't dream of uploading 100GB with anything less than 10mbit, and even then it's going to take quite a while.
  4. Xarcell

    Xarcell Well-Known Member

    I understand it would take awhile to upload(1MB upload) and I'm willing to pay a little. I was thinking along the lines of amazon's cloud drive.

    Hard Drive is out of the question because for some reason they don't last longer than 6 months or so and they crap out on me. My wife has forbidden the purchase of anymore hard drives. I'm kinda at a loss here, and not sure what to do. I really want another external hard drive, but like I said, they don't last. All I put on them are photos that I take.
  5. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    Grab an internal disk then (Samsung F3 is good)
  6. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Sign up to a few free hosting sites and just upload as much as you can
    Send attachments to yourself via gmail
    Sign up for google docs
    Sign up for Picasa
  7. User

    User Well-Known Member

    First things first; Most external hard drives come with at least 1 year warranty, so if you have an issue before then just RMA it.
    Uploading 100G at 1Mbps (I am guessing it's 1 Mbit, not 1MByte per second for your upload) will take like 6 days straight, let's say your machine sucks 300W, that's $7 just for power if your power is $0.10/kWh (I would be paying over $14 just to upload that data, then you have to download it again albeit faster). Throw in another $40 on top of that and you can just buy another external drive.

    If you know where to plug an internal disk in you can just back up to that, you can probably get an internal disk for like $30 at the grocery store or for like $35 at Newegg -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007603 4025&IsNodeId=1&name=$25 - $50

    Buy your wife some flowers and it's all good.
  8. Victor

    Victor Active Member

    Why not just pay for a hosting for unlimited disk and transfer for monthly?


    Seems to me like that would be a solution and cheap. I have upload scripts on most of my domains but I sure would charge you more than the $9.95 a month that hostgator would charge.

    Just A Thought
  9. pk698

    pk698 Active Member

    I was going to suggest this too. I have about 450 GB of storage on my web hosting account at hostgator.com. Get their cheapest plan.
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  10. Victor

    Victor Active Member

    Yep makes sense to me unless you want to give me 30 USD and I will store it for ya :p
  11. Xarcell

    Xarcell Well-Known Member

    I have a hosting plan, I just don't think my host would appreciate me uploading 100GB worth of stuff non-stop for a couple of days.
  12. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Thats what you pay them for.

    As long as you're within their terms of service, they really cannot complain about how much you upload to your site as long as its legal.
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  13. Cool

    Cool Active Member

    look at backblaze.com
  14. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    I uploaded 250gb of images once :p took some time but like Forsaken said
  15. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Local storage always works out cheaper and more convenient than online storage, unless you are storing tiny documents. You'd have to be something of a glutton for punishment to want to store 100GB of photo data online.
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  16. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I'm sort of wondering -why- you have continued issues with external hard drives?

    It sounds like something in the environment is causing them to fail so quickly... or you're buying lower quality ones (which I don't think you are).

    If you really have a need for a truly robust backup system, and don't really mind throwing down the money for it, and want something that you can easily upgrade/fix if there is an issue, you might want to make a local FreeNAS system.

    You can do it for ~$100-200, and are really only limited in the parts you buy. Its also fun to do (y).
  17. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You can buy a 250gb hdd for £30... so thats like $50 us.
  18. Victor

    Victor Active Member

  19. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Already stated why hard drives aren't viable.
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  20. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    2tb is only 50 quid :p and we get ripped of in the UK too... must be cheaper in the US

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