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  • Cloud Storage for heavy projects

    Posted by Pepe Diaz on May 19, 2022 at 9:09 am

    Hello community,

    Im working now on a project where I have at least 3 TB in footage (and more coming on my way) and I always like to have an extra copy in case my PC dies. Im going to purchase an External Drive to backup everything as I usually do, but a friend told me why i dont use a Cloud service (of course he uses it for common things so 20gb works great for him), but i dont know which cloud services are good to backup +3TB of data.

    Probably I might go buying the external drive anyways (im too used to this way) but I want to be open to other options, and If you have suggestions.

    in case is relevant, 80% of the footage is EXR. image sequences, the rest are .movs


    Pepe Diaz replied 1 year, 5 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Neil Sadwelkar

    May 29, 2022 at 3:40 am

    There are many options for cloud data storage services, and you can check them one by one for the fees in your country – Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, are the common ones, and Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Wasabi are the more ‘pro’ ones. Check on Wasabi’s web site for a cost comparison between Wasabi and others.

    One thing to bear in mind with most cloud services is that they have ‘storage fees’ per month based on how much you’re storing, and ‘egress’ fees means fees per GB for how much you download. Even if you download the same files/folders over and over again, you get charged as often as you download your own data.

    So, in my opinion, for 3 TB of data which is likely to increase, you’re better off getting a drive as a backup, and then keeping a clone of this drive at another location, and using a sync service like Resilio to keep them both in sync. Or even physically carrying the ‘off site’ drive to the other drive’s location, syncing them and then moving them apart.

    Or, you could get a personal cloud kind of device which is a cloud connected hard drive, and have your own cloud. WD makes such personal cloud devices on which you can add your own drive.

  • Pepe Diaz

    June 5, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Hello Neil. Thanks you for you answer.

    Checked the prices of the services you told me, and you´re right that is better to have an extra drive. Is cheaper and faster.

    Got a 4TB USB 3.0 extrnal drive at a good price and backing all up there. Im going to try Resilio, I had been using the Folder Syncronizer App but takes an eternity to check the already copied files on my drive.


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