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fizzyfizz Calculating status...
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Apr 6, 2013 10:24 AM

Does anyone know of a cloud storage solution that does NOT sync everything? I'm not fussed about syncing and do NOT want syncing!


I'd just like to have say 2TB storage in the cloud to store all my files which could be mounted on my desktop like a network attached drive.


I've spent ages searching for something I thought would be straighforward and simple but alas everywhere I've looked gives no option other than syncing everything up (like Dropbox and Google Drive)



MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion
  • QuickTimeKirk Level 8 Level 8 (47,335 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 11:12 AM (in response to fizzyfizz)

    iCloud doesn't offer more than 55 GB's of storage:

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 12:29 PM (in response to fizzyfizz)

    This page examines some online storage options - you may find something there, though 2TB is an awful lot of space.


  • trainset Calculating status...
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    Apr 15, 2013 4:48 AM (in response to fizzyfizz)

    I think Gladinet will do the trick :



    "Gladinet Cloud Drive gives you direct random access without the requirement of fully synchronized folder on local desktop. "


    "Gladinet Cloud Desktop Client creates a local drive from your Windows Explorer and Mac Finder. You can use drag and drop to upload and download files to/from online storage services. "


    I don't like synching myself - rather just copy regularly...

  • bferguss Calculating status...
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    Apr 17, 2013 8:46 AM (in response to fizzyfizz)

    YES! Thank you Fizzyfizz!


    I was pulling my hair out thinking I was the only one who had this problem. I'm an independant filmmaker, so I have about 1TB of video footage that I want to store securely offsite in case of something catastrophic happening. That's IT! I don't want all this file syncing crap where I have to download an app that spreads it's tentacles all over my machine. The background processes on my machines have to run as lean as possible to reserve computing power for editing 4K footage. So I can't have an automatically syncing app running all the time. 

    I know what I'm doing. I back up my projects while I'm working on them on local drives. But when I'm done, I want to send off these huge project files and the footage somewhere safe, and then clear my drives for the next project. I don't need to sync between different machines and collaborate with anybody. I just want online storage.


    Why is that so hard to find from a reputable company!!!


    I tried Google Cloud, and I think that would work, but that's really designed for developers. And I don't want to have to sort through all these API's and verification codes and all this stuff I don't need. I just want cloud server space...that's all!


    Sorry to spew, but I'm really frustrated. Have you found a good solution?


    Sorry trainset, but I've never heard of Gladinet, and I'm just not sure I want to turn over my footage that I've spent thousands of dollars shooting to someone I've never heard of. What has your experience been?

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)
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    Apr 17, 2013 8:56 AM (in response to fizzyfizz)

    See if this does it for you:


  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)
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    Apr 17, 2013 9:07 AM (in response to fizzyfizz)

    Yes, I'd met that oddity - I use their 'Web Archive' only for online backups in case of a disaster, and don't expect to do much downloading, so it doesn' matter.


    The Amazon looks possible, though I didn't go into a lot of detail when looking at it - and it may be the only place you'll get a really large amount of storage, at least within one account.

  • bferguss Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 17, 2013 9:27 AM (in response to fizzyfizz)

    Thanks for the tip on SugarSync!


    And thanks Roger for the link on S3.


    From what I can tell, Amazon S3 and Google Cloud are direct competitors, so they're offering basically the same thing. They're provided a service for developers who are making mobile apps that require cloud access to run their system files. As a part of this service, they both offer simple storage. The thing that is great about both of them is they don't have any client-based apps. So no syncing, no automatic processes--none of that.


    So again, I guess this would work, but it's just WAY overkill for what I need. And I'm afraid that's reflected in the price. I can get Google down to 6 cents/month per GB. At 1TB, that's $60 a month--$720 a year. That's still far cheaper than buying my own enterprise level server and drives and tape backup system. But it still seems like there ought to be something simpler and cheaper.


    But maybe not. Maybe I'm asking too much of the cloud. If you're looking for large amounts of storage, they assume you're a developer I guess, and that's just the way it is. If so, then I'll bite the bullet and just use Google and turn off everything I don't need.

  • mcs37 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 8, 2013 2:14 PM (in response to fizzyfizz)

    Bumping this up again... I am doing a search right now for this as well and have not yet found a solution. I basically want 1TB in the sky that I can upload files to and share links to people (like Dropbox's Public share option). Dropbox prices seem a bit unreasonable for the amount of storage you get, but more than that, I don't want to eat up my 256GB disk to store the 1TB online! I usually only have about 8GB of storage on my puny 256GB SSD as is, so sync'ing those files locally is just not an option for me.


    I basically want a cheap online USB disk, that's it...


    Has anyone found something?

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)
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    May 8, 2013 2:58 PM (in response to fizzyfizz)

    Think different.... buy two 2 TB drives. Copy everything to date to one of them and place it in a bank vault. A month (or suitable time) later copy everything to date to the other and swop them over. Each month or interval update the drive you have at home and swop it with the one in the bank. I don't know what the cost of the bank storage would be but I would have though it would be a lot less than online storage (and a lot quicker, too).


    (Or buy three 2TB drives and rotate them, two in the bank at a time.)

  • mcs37 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 8, 2013 3:04 PM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)

    I already have a 6TB backup unit powered by Drobo, and a 3TB drive backing up the Drobo from time to time. But those are back at my house whenever I'm back in the US... I travel a lot, so I would like to be able to access this all remotely/online. I could potentially just hook up the Drobo to an always-on computer at my house and punch a hole in the firewall to access it, but I won't be home again for another two months to do that... it would be nice to have a slightly less hacky solution.


    If I could just buy (2) 2TB drives and throw them onto the internet somewhere with high speed access, I'd be pretty happy, but doing anything like that requires colo pricing which is super expensive.

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