I have a 512GB Mac.
I use odrive and Amazon Cloud Drive to store roughly 1.5TB of images and files.
I have a 2TB Time Machine external hard drive.
Using a backup program like CrashPlan, Backblaze, etc isn’t going to backup placeholder files (or if it did it wouldn’t benefit me any if I tried to restore from a backup).
In the event Amazon has a fluke (I know, super unlikely), or someone hacks into my Amazon account and somehow trashes stuff, or I’m not thinking straight one day and click “delete” and “yes, I’m sure to delete it from the cloud too” and then then next day I regret it…
My thought is to do something like a “rolling sync” – basically tell the backup program to ignore .cloud (file) and .cloudf (folder) files and then sync down everything but not all at once and not to 100% capacity on my hard drive.
This way the backup program will back it up, then odrive unsyncs it, then odrive syncs the next batch (say 100GB worth) for a week, then backup backs it up, then unsync, then sync down the next 100GB, etc.
Even Time Machine, not just something like CrashPlan.
Alternatively, maybe even a better idea… anyone know of a backup service that’ll take cloud storage and back it up (including versioning), like Amazon Cloud Drive to CrashPlan, Backblaze, even Dropbox, et. al. without needing to be on my computer first?
Typing all this out, I’m guessing this (or something close to it) will end up being the correct answer:
- add a second external hard drive
- tell odrive (or maybe even native Amazon Cloud Drive app?) to sync all of Amazon Cloud Drive there (never use placeholder files)
- tell CrashPlan to backup that external hard drive
… but my workflow is still to use odrive on my internal drive (with the great placeholder files feature) and I’ll open and edit files from there and then it’ll sync back to my external drive when I reconnect to it.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and helping me!