Mar. 30th, 2011

Dropbox

Mar. 30th, 2011 02:37 pm
I've been using Dropbox as a document-backup tool for a fair while now, and I'm really happy with it. Local cache of ~300MB of documents on all my machines, plus accessible from my phone and iPad, and it's been nice and reliable.

Am considering paying for a 100GB account (US$20/month) as an offsite backup of my music collection. It'd take ~2 weeks to seed (I have 82GB of music at present). Almost none of my music purchases over the last couple of years have been on physical media, so it's probably time to sort out something.

$240/year is fairly hefty -- I could buy a pair of 1TB disks and mirror them for that kind of money, but then it's on-site or I'm mucking about with manually moving disks around.

Going direct to S3 and bypassing Dropbox (who, as I understand it, are using S3 anyway) would approximately halve the cost (using the less-redundant storage option) but I'd have to roll-my-own access tools -- JungleDisk does okay for desktop access, but mobile client, cache management, and web access are all things that may be worth paying the extra ~$100/year.

Anyone got any compelling reason not to do it this way?

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