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    Question Online storage of RAW files eg Dropbox

    Hi all

    I'm looking around at getting an online storage account eg dropbox, mozy etc...

    Just wondering if anyone has any advice on which one to go with?

    I'm looking at using it primarily to store my RAW files, particularly when I'm travelling so that if god forbid my memory card / lawptop goes kaput I'll still have all the files.

    Have been looking around and it seems like some people have been having problems with uploading their RAW files to these sort of systems.

    Thanks in advance, your help is much appreciated!

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    The biggest problem you'll have is storage space online. Each RAW file my camera produces is 20mb.
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    Yes, that will be one issue. My files are about 12MB each?

    I've been looking into backblaze - unlimited storage for $5 ($US I think?) but a product which offers the same sort of thing that dropbox does - ie the syncing ability over the internet for multiple computers, would be great.

    I'm planning on travelling for about 4 months this year and am interested in storing the raw files of photos I've taken while travelling on the net just in case the laptop gets stolen...

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    Quote Originally Posted by felixthekat View Post
    I'm planning on travelling for about 4 months this year and am interested in storing the raw files of photos I've taken while travelling on the net just in case the laptop gets stolen...
    Depending on the number of images you require for back up I'd suggest that the online method would turn out too far great a burden to be truly useful while travelling.
    Why not use 1, 2 or even 3 mobile drives (or even USB keys for that matter) and separate them throughout your baggage and person?
    It's what I do when travelling (I'm usually with at least one other person so that makes it easier).
    The trouble with online is your upload speed is going to make you wish you had an extra month holiday...
    The other suggestion is what others recommend - burn DVDs or CDs and post them home.
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    Just grab a dreamhost account...

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    Agree with others that online storage, of any kind, and large files are just a bad combination because of bandwidth issues. You are much better off with different kinds of redundancy. Lots of good backup strategies can be made portable. I would use one of them.

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    My experience travelling you are going to be dealing with pretty low bandwidth. I would look at shipping USB keys/hard drives back. A 32gb USB key will hold a couple of thousand 12mb raw image files. Those keys are around $130 so reasonably cheap and easy to post back.

    Another option is to buy extra SD cards and use them as a 'write once'. Once the card is full and imported onto your laptop simply send the card home.
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    Default Free Online Storage

    I just started to work at MyDrive in Switzerland who offers 2GB free online storage. Perhaps that is a solution as well.

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    the biggest problem will be the time taken to send files back.
    better to either shoot the cards once, download them, then post the cards back, or burn CD/DVD and post those.

    personally i copy the files off the cards, create a new folder on the card (done in camera) and keep shooting till the card is full.
    i keep the full cards in my camera bag, the laptop in the laptop bag, and a external hdd in either the room safe, or my suitcase
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    You'd be better off storing the RAW files on an external hard drive.

    But if you insist, Mozy's unlimited plan is pretty cheap. It also depends if you just want an online backup or some sharing capabilities.

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    Three years later, does anyone have any other insight into backing up raw files when travelling? Jpg are easy enough with Dropbox/google drive/photostream/sky drive. But I'm still perplexed about the raw files. I normally carry one external hdd when travelling and would prefer not to have to carry two, but the easiest option I can come up with is either buying cheaper, slower SD cards or USB to ship home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felixthekat View Post
    Yes, that will be one issue. My files are about 12MB each?

    I've been looking into backblaze - unlimited storage for $5 ($US I think?) but a product which offers the same sort of thing that dropbox does - ie the syncing ability over the internet for multiple computers, would be great.

    I'm planning on travelling for about 4 months this year and am interested in storing the raw files of photos I've taken while travelling on the net just in case the laptop gets stolen...
    If I was planning extended travel I would dump photos to my laptop periodically as I would normally do.

    From there I'd have an external 2.5" drive configured for Time Machine and back up that computer. I'd pack that hard drive in checked luggage but carry my laptop as cabin baggage. That way you get some separation if one gets lost/stolen.

    I'd carry a second 2.5" external and use it to back up photos (in my case, probably as an Aperture vault). If I'm traveling with someone I'd ask them to carry that hard drive.

    Beyond that, I'd stock up on SD cards (all my cameras use these) and would periodically back up all my RAW files to an SD card and post it home. The cards are smaller and flatter than pen drives so less likely to get damaged.

    For my best images I'd probably also upload them to my own web host (via ftp) as and when I had bandwidth available.

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    SD Cards and portable drives seem like a pretty viable solution here. I use my hosting account for backup, simply due to the easy access via FTP and very generous, cheap disk space.

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