You can lose or damage your phone incredibly easily, and sometimes you just accidentally delete things that you didnt actually want to delete so having a backup is well worth it, but its not always that simple. So in this video i want to lay out your options and talk through how to set some of them up. Lets start with where the data goes, then we can figure out how to get it there, the one or the the form that youre probably most familiar with is cloud storage, whether thats, icloud or google, drive microsoft, onedrive or third party options, like dropbox youve likely heard Of at least one of those in general, they offer file storage that you dont have to control that you dont have control of, but you also dont have to to manage its generally pretty secure and reliable and redundant meaning your files wont magically go missing because a Single drive in their data center failed. The pros to cloud storage are the general ease of use, the low up front costs, and some of them offer bonus, features like easily sharing and collaborating on files and the the security of knowing that your files arent going anywhere anytime soon. The cons are a lack of security and privacy since youre, storing your files on someone elses server or someone elses computer, and also the the fact that the costs are ongoing for as long as youre storing files with them. Sure many of them do offer a small amount of free storage, but youd be surprised how quickly even the photos on your phone would fill up the 15 gigabytes.

That google gives you for free to give you an idea on pricing. Apples icloud service costs, 70 pence per month for 50 gigabytes of space 2.49 for 200 gig or 6 pounds 99 for 2 terabytes. Google drive costs pretty similarly at 15 pounds 99 per year for 100 gigabytes of space, uh 24.99 per year for 200 or a 79.99 per year for two terabytes coming in at slightly cheaper than apple. If you want to use someone like dropbox, instead, they want seven pounds 99 per month, build yearly for two terabytes of space. And, interestingly, if you just want to back up a computer or are happy setting up file syncing between your computer and your phone and then it can back up from your computer, you can use a service called backblaze. They are a cloud storage provider that mostly focuses on the enterprise realm, but now offer a personal uh plan which costs just 60 per year and has unlimited storage. The catch is that youre only going to back up one system and you cant back up any network attached drives. It has to be the ones in your machine, but with unlimited storage as a promise. It sounds pretty decent on top of that they have a really cool feature where, if you happen to have a drive fail, for example, you can of course download all of your files over the internet, or you can pay them 189 and theyll ship. You an 8 terabytes external hard drive with all of your data on it and even better if you return that drive to them, theyll refund that cost, meaning that that transaction wont have cost you anything except for return postage.

Most of these cloud providers automatically sync and backup files as you create them, meaning that once you set it up, you dont really have to think about it again, except if youre running into your storage limits, plus youre, actually normally able to access all of those files From pretty much anywhere, and in some cases like google drive, you can even create documents and spreadsheets and presentations and share them with people and have those people work on those files at the same time as you, its a very cool and useful feature. But what if you dont want to give your data to google or apple or what, if you want to work with those files, but still have them protected, say you wanted to edit videos but be able to have your pc die and not lose anything? Well, you can store the files yourself doing it. A diy can offer a lot more flexibility and more specialized to your needs and especially direct access speed, as you wont, be reliant on your internet connection to upload and download everything. What you need is a nas or network attached storage device. There are a few downsides to storing everything yourself. First, is the upfront cost where an enclosure can set you back a minimum of 200 pounds and well above that? If you want to build your own or go with one of the higher end ones, and then the hard drives can be anywhere from 100 to 300 pounds each and you need two of them at a minimum or four for proper safety that does buy you a Lot more storage, though, as two eight terabyte drives, would set you back a little over 500 pounds, but would give you eight terabytes of redundant space.

The other con for a more diy solution is the safety of your data. When you store files on google drive or icloud, you can be certain that there is next to nothing that will cause them to lose that data, but with your own nas. If your house were to catch fire, or even just multiple disks were to fail at the same time, youd be out of luck. The ideal backup solution is to have both your nas on site and an off site backup, either by using something like a cloud provider. As well as having your nas or having a secondary, nas, physically far away from your primary one, like on the other side of the country or ideally on a different continent, depending on how dedicated you are, there are two main ways of building a nas. You can either buy an over the counter type product like a qnap or synology enclosure, which ive reviewed a number of those in the past ill leave a couple of them in the cards above for you to take a look at and those pre built units work. Pretty well theyre relatively underpowered for what they are, but at the same time theyre relatively cheap. All you have to do is buy the enclosure, a couple of drives shove them all together, plug it all in and thats pretty much it up and running, and then a couple of clicks in a web browser – and there you have your your nas – is up and Running and you have your your volume ready to use like i said, theyre a little underpowered at times and occasionally can be slightly more vulnerable to malware, but on the whole theyre, pretty easy to get set up and a pretty good option for a lot of people.

Now, if youre more of an enthusiast, well theres another option, you can build an ass yourself, ive done that multiple times, and i have videos on showing you how to do that, which i will link in the cards above. I have both a free nas, which i think is now called trunas and an unraid system all up and running, as well as a qnap now. So i have far too many, but point is uh its relatively simple. If youre already accustomed to building computers, my unrighteous is comprised of six 10 terabyte wd go drives and a one terabyte m.2 nvme ssd as a cache, as well as a 24 core threadripper, and also a 10 gig networking card, because thats how i edit these videos Directly off of the nas, rather than storing files on my pc and then copying them over later, the benefit of building it yourself is that you can tailor everything about it to suit your needs. In my case, i wanted a load of storage but still very rapid access. Hence the m.2 ssd for a cache drive and i wanted 10 gig networking so that i could edit directly off of it rather than editing from my machine, and so i was able to build that system. How i wanted and have it set up. I wanted with, in my case two parity drives, which means uh. I can have either one of the parity drives fail or i think two of my standard drives or my data drives can fail and i will still be able to rebuild the array and not lose any data.

The con is that its much more technical and its much more well enthusiast based, you will have problems that youll have to troubleshoot. You will have to go through quite a lot more work to both physically build the system and then install and set up the operating system and, like i said, those regular maintenance, things can be a bit of a detractor. There is actually one other option that ive specifically not mentioned in terms of storing the data yourself and thats usb external hard drives and theres. A very good reason why i havent mentioned it and because those are are good options for temporarily holding or transporting otherwise secure data. They arent a good option for actually backing files up the drives that get put into those enclosures and those products are often the lowest tier and slowest, and also heinously unreliable. Having a single drive hold. All of your data is a really bad idea minimum. I would want two so that if one of them fails, i wouldnt have lost anything so thats where to store the data. Now, how do we get it there? Well, like i said for most of the cloud providers, they have apps that you run on your computer or on your phone that automatically sync all of your files and let you access them anywhere. Some, like google drive, will create a folder on your pc, which you store your files in, and it stores a local copy and uploads it to their servers.

In the background, and others like backblaze are more of a true backup solution, which means that it just runs in the background and will be constantly uploading all of the changed files as you go about changing them without having to get in your way or make any Changes to your existing system on mobile devices, you can have them automatically back up and sync. Your photos and videos like on google drive through the google photos app or even back up your phones, app data text, messages and even device settings like wi fi passwords through the google drive app itself on ios devices. You can use icloud photos to do the same automatic, backups and syncing or backup your whole device with their icloud automated backup. So what? If youre using your own nas? Well, because its your own units, you have the freedom to do whatever you like, you could go! Uh very basic and just drag and drop copy files to it, but thats, not necessarily the most effective or useful solution. Of course, you can also do the route of just working off of the nas directly so that all of the files never actually leave that device, which is what i do for editing videos, but for things like backing up what is on your system or from your Phone there are a couple of good options. The first one that comes to mind is own cloud, its a mostly open source tool that you can run as a server on your nas, for example, its an app that you can install from the qnap app center and then using the desktop and mobile apps.

Have it sync and backup your files automatically to your nas, its, not perfect, but it means you are in control of all of your files and data. You can also use next cloud, which offers a similar feature set to own cloud, except it does have a few more extras, like the option to run zoom like video, calls all rooted and run through your nas, its meant to be a bit more feature rich, while Still having the same automatic backups and file syncing, so it would be a good option, but unfortunately it doesnt its not as widely available right now. If you wanted to run it, for example, on a qnap nas, you would need to run it in a virtual machine or a docker container, which, while thats relatively easy to do its not as beginner friendly as the couple of clicks it takes for own cloud. If you just want to back up a pc, i can highly recommend the ease us to do backup program. It supports backing up, multiple drives and folders and, most importantly at least for me anyway, it does incremental backups, meaning that it doesnt just save every file. Every time it backs up, it only saves the files that have been changed. Its also free to do all of that ive got it set up to run weekly and its saved my bacon multiple times now so thats. A brief look at some of your options for both where to store your files and how to get them there.

I hope the video has been useful for you trust me when i say that backing up your data is the most important thing you can do. Its very very handy to have those backups, whether thats for your you know, work machine or whether its just for your photos on your phone, its something i highly recommend, and i i definitely would like to see yeah see more of. I would love to know your thoughts in the comments down below if you have any suggestions for other services or other tools. If you are running your own ass to back up your files also, i would love to hear your setup for how you back up your data and thats kind of it. If you want to see more of these sorts of tech, explained videos then ill leave the playlist on the end cards for you to take a look at also, if you want to see more videos like this one on a monday, wednesday and friday basis, then do Hit that subscribe button and turn on the bell notification icon, if you want to support the channel, you can do that in a number of ways, including by pressing the youtube join button, which is right. Next to that subscribe button, you get access to our money. Man, discord, chat, sponsor free videos and some cool emojis to use in the comments and on the chat of our weekly live streams. If youd prefer to support on patreon instead theres a link to that in the description and theres a link to a load of affiliate links that you can check out.

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