Have you ever thought saving your data in the clouds?
I never would have thought I would lose all my data in my computer. I’m talking about my old laptop computer. I didn’t know it was defective. All of my photos and movies I created from scratch got fried. They couldn’t save the old hard drive and so they gave me a brand new one. So I thought I had my lesson learned. I bought a 2T external hard drive and it was backing up for a while for me, til one day that one got fried as well. And so now I have over 1,000 photos gone from that hard drive.
Do you ever trust your computer and external hard drive?
Then a few weeks ago, Joy Healey told me that her laptop got fried. I felt so terrible for her. And this is an awakening call for me. Fortunately, Joy told me that she stored all her data in the clouds.
Some of the storage I recommend are:
- Google Drive
I have all four of them but I am only using Dropbox and Egnyte.
I was going to sign up on SpiderOak coz Joy suggested this but I end up not doing it. Guess their monthly recurring billing is a little too high for me. Whereas, Egnyte only charge me $4.99/month for 1T storage. I think this is a lot cheaper to do it than buying another 2T external hard drive. I believe I paid $199 for my 2T HD and after 2 years, it just gave up on me.
$4.99/month on Egnyte, I only spend $59.88/year. I think this is cheaper and better. I’m not storing anything at home but renting an FTP to store my business data and plus, eventually I can actually work with colleagues as far as data transfer is concerned (i.e. another designer working with me on a certain project). And so I might as well, plan for a better future collaboration.
First time I came to Egnyte website, it confused the heck out of me. Remember, I’m not the techie person. I’m a graphic designer and not a computer programmer. And so their website confused me a lot. I had to email them what do I do first. They said to download the Personal Local Cloud. So I did and I’m using a macintosh. All I have to do is drag that little cloud that says “Egnyte Local Cloud” to my applications and it transferred in my Applications folder.
I was still very confused. I cannot seem to transfer ALL my data from computer to my PLC on Egnyte. I was actually transferring my data one-at-a-time. Yikes. This would take me forever to upload stuff in their FTP. Um, I don’t think so. So instead of doing that, I called them. I asked, “There must be a way to transfer all these data all at once. Instead of me doing this one-at-a-time.” The guy said, “Yes, there is.” And so they gave me their “technical person” in Customer Service LIVE online.
When I said LIVE, it means we have to connect via GoToMeeting. He needs to see exactly what I have on my computer on his computer and “walk-me-through” the whole process! This is awesome. I have never seen this before. I mean I heard it before that someone can access your computer from the distance. But I have never experience it LIVE in front of my eyes!
He was speaking on the phone talking to me while he manipulate each single file on my computer and walk-me-through. Step-by-step. It was AWESOME!!! Now, I understand this very well.
So here you can see the GoToMeeting on the right. We were ON AIR. What I have on my monitor is exactly what he has on his monitor. He asked me what exactly the data I want to transfer. Well, the name of my computer’s hard drive is GENESIS. Nope, not that Genesis frame from StudioPress. I mean really. Genesis. I thought of this name before I’ve known StudioPress.
Anyway…I told him, “I want to transfer everything in Genesis to my PLC.”
So, he told me to highlight everything in Genesis and “copy” (command C ) and go to my PLC folder on my macintosh or hard drive. Then “paste” (command P) on the PLC folder. This will sync the data from my computer to PLC — Egnyte FTP.
Okay, here you go.
You can see the Local Cloud on the left. And on my PLC on Egnyte I have a folder there that says Private and I want all the data from Genesis to transfer on Private > angeld0ve > GENESIS.
So everyting you see on GENESIS is a live shot of what’s exactly on my Egnyte PLC private folder. I have over 100 gigs of data, including the applications I used for my graphic designs. All getting transferred. He said it’ll take 1-2 days to transfer all these data to their FTP. And so I leave my computer ON all day long, all night long.
If say your computer got turn off or disconnected for some reason, he said that if I turn it back on, it’ll pick up to the latest backup. Wonderful. So far so good. I’m pretty happy I finally got this thing done!
Do you have your business or data stored in clouds?
If so, please share me your experience. Feel free to share with me what storage you are using and why do use them? Is it the service, the right price, or the ease of use? I would love to hear your feedback.
Note: Photography above is taken by yours truly. Taken from Nikon. This is the time when me and my daughter (Rachel) came to visit my other daughter (Angelica) on her high school graduation in Arkansas.