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Cloud Storage Know IT Guyde

With all the cloud and private cloud offerings that have come out recently, I thought it would be helpful to lay them out in some kind of matrix that I could update as things ; Below is what I have seen to ; If you know of one that I have missed to needs to be updated, please email and I will post the update. Updated March 12, 2016 Here are the costs of storing it in the cloud (Using a shared Excel Web App not doubt!) Click here to open: A couple of services that help you connect all your cloud services together: In Beta – (awaiting an invite)   Cloud Storage   Amazon – 5GB Free Site URL       Box – 10GB Free Site URL       Cubby – 5GB Free referred by Kevin Schoonover Site URL           Dropbox – 2GB Free Site URL         Google Drive – 15 GB Free Site URL         Media Fire – 10GB Free Site URL         MiMedia – 10 GB Free Site URL           OneDrive – 15GB Free Site URL         SpiderOak – 2 GB Free  referred by Daniel Rector Site URL         SugarSync – No longer offer Fee Storage Site URL         Pogoplug – 5GB Free Site URL #newuser         Private Clouds     Tappin – 30 day Free Trial referred by Jim Barton Site URL         Also see:   – Christian Johnson   Will also Backup Home Computers Site URL     Site URL     Site URL     . Site URL         No Longer In Service     Ubuntu One   referred from David Sullivan Site URL – No longer in service     MegaCloud     Site URL – No longer in Service        Copy     Site URL       Wuala     Site URL       Here is what is still coming… Private Cloud Cloud Storage from Daniel Rector from Daniel Rector ; from Daniel Rector from Daniel Rector from Daniel Rector from Daniel Rector by Jim Barton by Landon Story       Saved for future services: Site URL   Desktop App   Mobile Apps   Where do your files reside   Can I share files   Max File Size   Referral Program   PC Restore Options   Helpful Links:   Comments:  
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The Home Gadget Geeks Guide to Cloud Storage

With all the cloud and private cloud offerings that have come out recently, I thought it would be helpful to lay them out in some kind of matrix that I could update as things #160; Below is what I have seen to #160; If you know of one that I have missed to needs to be updated, please email and I will post the update. Updated September 1, 2014 Here are the costs of storing it in the cloud (Using a shared Excel Web App not doubt!) Click here to open: A couple of services that help you connect all your cloud services together: In Beta – (awaiting an invite)   Cloud Storage Amazon – 5 GB Free Site URL Desktop App No Longer Supported. Use Site above to manage Mobile Apps iOS and Android Where do your files reside In the cloud #160; No Local Syncing. Can I share files Yes, with a link that is not secure and can be shared with others Max File Size 2GB Referral Program None Helpful Links: Terms of Use / Cloud Drive Support Comments: Amazon has recently split their cloud #160; They now support a MP3 & Cloud Player as well as the Amazon Cloud #160; The interface to upload files to the cloud is simple to use and only provides uploading #160; If you need a quick and easy place to store a file, Amazon would work for you. Box – 10GB Free Site URL Desktop App Windows and iOS X more Mobile Apps Android, iPhone and Windows Phone, Blackberry more Where do your files reside Use the Box Sync for Windows or iOS to start syncing content between your desktop and your Box account. Can I share files Yes, with a link that is not secure and can be shared with others Max File Size Free version is limited to 250MB  5GB for paid versions. more Referral Program No Helpful Links: Terms of Service, Twitter Comments: Lower file size transfer limits but box is serious about it’s #160; Provides SSL AES 256-bit encryption behind the firewall. For business and enterprise accounts, files are stored encrypted with automatic #160; There have been deals in the past that have allowed up to 50GB of free space. Box also had bandwidth metering options that will allow you to set limits on both up and down speeds to it’s service. One of the draw backs for me was that I tried to use it to store all my large video files and some were larger than the 1GB limit that was given to me in the free #160; Even with a paid version and a 2GB limit, some of the files were left out and not #160; It did load about 18GB of data in less than 48 hours. Copy – 15 GB Free Site URL Desktop App Windows, Mac OSX and Linux Mobile Apps Apple iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) and Android Where do your files reside Local and in the Cloud Can I share files Yes Max File Size No Limits Referral Program Yes Helpful Links: , Comments: From Barracuda Networks and focused on Business #160; Very strong referral program Referral Program – Click this link to sign up and Jim scores free storage!   Cubby – 5GB Free referred by Kevin Schoonover Site URL Desktop App Windows / OS X more Mobile Apps iOS and Android more Where do your files reside Cubby DataCenters or on your computer if using DirectSync. Can I share files Yes Max File Size Unlimited Referral Program Yes Helpful Links: FAQ, How it Works, Comments: They support UNLIMITED data sync between computers with Direct #160; Versioning of files is also supported with files stored in the #160; Cubby protects your data with AES 256-bit encryption Click this link to sign up and Jim scores free storage!  Dropbox – 2GB Free Site URL Desktop App Windows, Mac, Linux more Mobile Apps Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire more Where do your files reside With Dropbox on your PC or Mac, your desktop Dropbox folder is automatically created. Any file put in this folder will be automatically synced to other devices that have #160; more Can I share files Yes, with a link that is not secure and can be shared with others Max File Size Unlimited from the Desktop or Mobile #160; Files uploaded through the website have a 10 GB #160; All files uploaded to your Dropbox must be smaller than the size of your Dropbox account’s storage #160; more Referral Program Yes Helpful Links: Terms of Service Comments: First on the seen and the current leader in the Cloud storage space, Dropbox has not been keeping pace with some of the new #160; With some early missteps around security, many users still are not willing to trust Dropbox for their most important #160; The service is available on almost every platform and is drop dead easy to install and #160; Dropbox is good for sharing non sensitive files with teams that may or may not be geographically close. Click this link to sign up and Jim scores free storage!  Google Drive – 15 GB Free Site URL Desktop App Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS more Mobile Apps Android +, iOS + more Where do your files reside All files are stored in the cloud with a link in the G Drive folder locally. Offline access is available by using Google Chrome Can I share files Lets you share your files, folders, and Google Docs with exactly whom you want at whatever level of access you choose. more  Shares have limits. more Max File Size Uploaded document files that are converted to Google documents format can’t be larger than #160; Files that you upload but don’t convert to Google Docs format can be up to 10 GB #160; more Referral Program None Helpful Links: Terms of Service Comments: Google Apps are by far the best Documentation Collaboration #160; The ability to update and edit documents in real-time is not offered elsewhere. Media Fire – 10GB Free Site URL Desktop App Windows, OS X and Linux more Mobile Apps iPhone and iPad more Where do your files reside Use a desktop app to drag and drop your files to cloud storage Can I share files Yes, with a link that is not secure and can be shared with others Max File Size 20GB Referral Program Yes Helpful Links: Terms of Service, Comments: Simplified things when I check in June 2014 and now just have 3 plans!  Is a great deal for 1TB at just $24 a year Click this link to sign up and Jim scores free storage!  MiMedia – In Beta referred from Daniel Rector Site URL Desktop App Windows and OS X Mobile Apps Android and iOS Where do your files reside MiMedia Secure Servers (Cloud) Can I share files Yes – Not Secure Link Max File Size 5GB Referral Program Yes Helpful Links: Support and FAQ Comments: New Beta site is in place and taking #160; Old account still have access through the portal above OneDrive – 15GB Free Site URL Desktop App Windows Vista, 7, 8, Windows Server 2008 more  Mac OS more Mobile Apps Windows Phone + more  iPhone and iPad iOS + more  Android + more Where do your files reside With OneDrive on your PC or Mac, your desktop OneDrive folder is automatically created. Any file put in this folder will be automatically synced to other devices that have OneDrive. Can I share files Yes, with a link that is not secure and can be shared with others Max File Size 2GB (this is changing as of Sept 1, 2014) Referral Program None Helpful Links: Compare, Terms of Use, Comments: Best Deal: Office 365 Home includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage for each household member (up to 5) and the latest Office applications for 5 PCs or Macs and 5 tablets. Learn more SpiderOak – 2 GB Free  referred by Daniel Rector Site URL Desktop App Mobile Apps Where do your files reside Local and in the Cloud Can I share files Max File Size None Referral Program 1GB Free Per Referral – Helpful Links: , Comments:   SugarSync – No longer offer Fee Storage Site URL Desktop App Windows and OS X more Mobile Apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian more Where do your files reside SugarSync Datacenter Can I share files Yes Max File Size Referral Program Yes Helpful Links: Cloud storage Comparison, Comments: Now updated for Windows 8. Click this link to sign up and Jim scores free storage!  Wuala – No Longer Offer Fee Storage Site URL Desktop App Windows XP SP3/Vista/7 more  Mac OS + more  Linux + more Mobile Apps iPhone, iPad, Android more Where do your files reside With Wuala on your PC or Mac, a Wuala mapped drive can be automatically created. Any file put in this folder will be automatically synced to other devices that have Wuala and to the cloud Can I share files Yes, with a link that is not secure and can be shared with #160; Files can also be shared through groups. Max File Size File size is currently limited to #160; more Referral Program Yes Helpful Links: Terms and Policies, Comments: No longer has a free plan: Of all the Cloud services, I have used Wuala the #160; It’s does require an install that requires Java to be #160; It can create a local drive that syncs with Wuala folders in the cloud.   Private Clouds Tappin – 30 day Free Trial referred by Jim Barton Site URL Desktop App Windows Desktop  Mac Mobile Apps TappIn for iPhone / TappIn for iPad / TappIn for Android / TappIn for Windows 7 Where do your files reside Local and in the Cloud Can I share files Yes Max File Size None – you are not uploading them to the cloud Referral Program None Helpful Links: , , Comments: What is unique about Tappin, is that you don’t actually store your files in the #160; It is just a way of discovering where all your data is at, and then a simple interface lets you view, stream or download them from any other #160; With the Pro plan, you can get up to 10GB of cloud storage. Might work great if you have all your files stored on a Home #160; The Standard service is $19 a year. Also see: – Christian Johnson Will also Backup Home Computers Site URL Desktop App Windows more Mobile Apps iOS and Android more Where do your files reside Acronis Datacenters Can I share files Yes Max File Size 250GB Referral Program No PC Restore Options Restore everything using Disk Imaging – not just the files, but the exact configuration of your computer including your operating system, settings, and applications. Helpful Links: Products. Support Center, Comments: Acronis has very power software included with True Image Home #160; Backup is just a small part of their solution. Site URL Desktop App Windows, OS X  more Mobile Apps iPhone more Where do your files reside BackBlaze Datacenters Can I share files No Max File Size Unlimited Referral Program No PC Restore Options Website – You will receive an email once your files are ready to restore. Your files will be put into a zip format and available for download. Helpful Links: , Terms Compare Services, Comments:   Site URL Desktop App Windows and OS X more  Mobile Apps iPhone, iPad, Android more Where do your files reside Carbonite Datacenters Can I share files No Max File Size Unlimited Referral Program No PC Restore Options Carbonite has a feature called Mirror image back up, which backs up everything on your PC including Windows System files and can restore your PC in the event of a hard drive failure Helpful Links: Carbonite FAQ, Comments:   . Site URL Desktop App Windows, OS X, Linux and Solaris more Mobile Apps iOS, Android, Windows Phone more Where do your files reside Both in the Cloud and #160;  With multiple backup sets enabled, you can specify which files go to which locations and with what settings. Having multiple backup sets enables faster and more convenient restores because you can store very large files locally. Using backup sets also makes it easier manage available storage, as well as bandwidth and system resources. more Can I share files No Max File Size Unlimited Referral Program No PC Restore Options From the Website Helpful Links: CrashPlan Consumer FAQ Comments: Lots of data? CrashPlan offers a ‘seed service’ where they send you an external hard drive to use for your first backup. After you send it back, they transfer the data directly to CrashPlan Central, saving a lot of time on your first #160; Similarly, if you ever need to restore a large amount of data, use CrashPlan’s Restore to Your Door service, to have them ship your computer backup archive to you on a hard drive or DVD, so you can restore #160; Backup can also be done using another PC (Friend or family) as the destination.   Pogoplug – 5GB Free Site URL #newuser Desktop App Windows, OS X and Linux more Mobile Apps iPhone, iPad, Android more Where do your files reside Files can reside both on a local storage location using a Pogoplug device or in the cloud with either their free or paid #160; You can also create a mapped drive on you PC Can I share files Yes, with a link that can be secured with a password and can be shared with others. Max File Size Unlimited Referral Program Yes PC Restore Options No PC restore option available. Just backups up data files stored on your PC like music, pictures and documents. Helpful Links: Support Site, Comments: Pogoplug just announced a new unlimited plan for Cloud storage that is a year. Unlimited Backup for any number of Phones, Tablets and #160;  The advantage to using a Pogoplug device this that you can store files both locally on a device or in the cloud now with the new #160; The back up software itself needs updating and gives very few options. Click this link to sign up and Jim scores free storage!      No Longer In Service Ubuntu One   referred from David Sullivan Site URL – No longer in service Desktop App?  Windows, Ubuntu, Mac Mobile Apps? iPhone, iPad and Android Where do your files reside?  Local and Cloud Sync options across all platforms Can I share files?  Yes Max File Size? Recommended < 200MB via Web, 5TB via Client Referral Program? Yes Helpful Links: , Comments: They also have a Music Streaming offering for $39,99 annually and 20GB of space for your #160; Currently, by purchasing one music track will score you 6 months of Free Music Streaming Service MegaCloud – referred by by Carl Loucks Site URL – No longer in Service Desktop App Windows, OS X and Linux more Mobile Apps iOS and Android more Where do your files reside Cloud and Local Sync more Can I share files Yes more Max File Size None via the desktop app / 300MB from the webmore Referral Program   PC Restore Options   Helpful Links: FAQ, Twitter Comments: Very connected to social media and will back up your Gmail, Gmail contacts, Google Calendar and Instagram as well as Twitter. Also will automatically back up your photos from both Android and iPhone.   Here is what is still coming… Private Cloud Cloud Storage from Daniel Rector from Daniel Rector #160; from Daniel Rector from Daniel Rector from Daniel Rector from Daniel Rector by Jim Barton #160; by Landon Story   Saved for future services: Site URL   Desktop App Mobile Apps Where do your files reside Can I share files Max File Size Referral Program   PC Restore Options   Helpful Links:   Comments:  
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Acronis One-Click Restore: PC Restore Made Easy

    On Rich’s Random Podcast Generator #19, co-host Jim Collison and I walked through every tab and feature of Acronis True Home Image 2012. In doing so, we came across something that caught my eye: a feature that lets you to burn a PC backup image to bootable DVD(s). The feature is called Acronis One-Click Restore, and it’s a great way to give family and friends whose PCs you repair a simple way to perform their own PC restore should the need ever arise. The steps to creating the bootable DVD(s) can be a little tricky if you’ve never done it, so I’ll walk you through it.   Start Acronis > click ‘Backup and recovery’ tab > click ‘Disk and partition backup’   Click ‘Multiple partitions selection’   Click ‘Switch to disk mode’   Here’s where you will select the hard disk you want to backup/image. You must select an entire hard disk from here in order for the option ‘Place Acronis One-Click Restore on media’ to become available in settings. Otherwise, you will not see it. So…to get to that option, select a Source (the disk you’re imaging), select a Destination (DVD drive), then click “Disk backup options” on the bottom left.   In ‘Disk Backup Options’, click ‘Removable media settings’ and check the box next to ‘Place Acronis One-Click Restore on media’. Click ‘OK’, and the option ‘Place True Image Home on media’ will also be selected, though you won’t see that unless you go back into the settings. This essentially means that Acronis Rescue Media will be made available on the bootable DVD along with the One-Click Restore function. There’s no way to exclude it, but no matter. Click ‘OK’ to close Disk Backup Options, then click ‘Backup now’.     In a few moments, Acronis will prompt you for a blank disc. Insert the disk, click ‘OK’ and Acronis will begin to create the bootable DVD(s). If the backup image is larger than , Acronis will prompt you along the way for another disc. Just label each disc as you remove them from the drive so you can keep track of the order. And that’s all there is to it!   So, how well does this bootable DVD work? Quite well, in fact. Booting with the DVD, you’ll first come to a screen with 3 options: Acronis True Image Home | Acronis One-Click Restore | Windows   Click the One-Click option and you’ll see a warning message – “This operation will recover the entire physical drive. Any partitions that are not included in the image will be lost. Are you sure you want to continue?”  This is normal.   Click ‘OK’ and One-Click will go through the process of restoring the image from the DVD to your hard drive. Working…   …and done. Congrats!   Click ‘Exit’ and the PC will reboot to a fresh OS image on the newly restored hard drive. Success! I can tell you from experience even on a PC with more than one hard drive, Acronis One-Click Restore automatically selects the right one and copies the image to it. I assume One-Click looks at the disk signature in order to figure out which drive gets re-imaged, but whatever the case may be, it gets it right. A caveat: Acronis One-Click Restore insists on putting Acronis True Image Home – the bootable rescue media program that allows us to select backups from any place Acronis can store one – on the bootable DVD. Though it’s not an overly difficult interface, it’s nowhere as simple as One-Click’s. Moral of the story? Steer the average guy/gal to the One-Click option, and the rest is cake.   -Rich O’Neil   ** Update: – Since posting this article, I’ve done some more testing. There are 3 drives in my current PC configuration – Mushkin SSD | WD HDD | Samsung HDD. My Acronis One-Click Restore DVD was created from the Samsung drive. Thus, One-Click should restore this drive and no other. Let’s triple check that. 1st test: remove WD HDD only and run restore Results: Pass – One-Click correctly chose the Samsung over the Mushkin OS drive 2nd test: remove Mushkin SSD only and run restore Results: Pass – One-Click correctly chose the Samsung over the WD drive 3rd test: remove Samsung HDD only and run restore Results: Pass – One-Click correctly chose no drive to restore. It presumably ran a check and not finding the Samsung, closed and rebooted the system without touching a thing. With these tests, I’m now convinced that One-Click only restores the drive for which it was intended. If I wanted to put that image onto another drive, I could choose the Acronis True Image Home option instead of One-Click and I’d have full control over where I placed that image, including the use of Universal Restore.
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Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: Acronis True Image Home 2012 PC Backup and Recovery Review – RRPG019

This week Jim and Rich go guestless and spend some time covering Acronis True Image Home 2012 Backup & Recovery Software.  After talking for a few minutes about working with our friends and neighbors on their PC problems, we take an in depth look at the Acronis UI and spend some time covering items that might be helpful for both beginner and expert.  As a bonus, we’ve included some screenshots for reference.  All images can be seen in full size just by clicking on the image. Listen Mobile: Getting Started Backup and Recovery Disk Backup Schedule your operation DBO – Advanced DBO – Performance DBO – Notifications DBO – Exclusions Online Backup Nonstop Backup Email Backup File Backup Media Builder Rescue Media Contents Bootable Media Type Destination File Selection Synchronization Try and Decide Clone Disk Wizard Protection Tools Backup Settings Transfer Backup Conversion Image Mounting Disk Management Security and Privacy The Average Guy Facebook Page The Average Guy Facebook Group Rich’s RPG is a show hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil in Google+ Hangout. We talk tech with like-minded folks, covering whatever’s interesting – hot or not, current or historical. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. We welcome newcomers. Got a headset and a bit of free time? Join us on the show by contacting us or Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Check out other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Podcast intro and exit music is used by permission from “In the Shadow of the Great Machine” by Fool’s Chaos. Hear more great tunes at Fool’s Chaos!
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