It seems to me that cloud backup simplicity will occur when :
a) your cloud drive is mapped as a local drive - so that normal backup set software can be used
(also you have all the ease utility of Total Commander, xyplorer, etc in working with the data)
b) your backup software is reasonably robust
c) your files can be saved directly in native format, rather than proprietary or even .zip
That way you can easily make and tweak precise backups ... daily saves of volatile data, even automatic from multiple locations (a type of u-sync, I remain skeptical of auto-sync), occasional of work on websites or whatever, special research stuff handled differently, and email handled in its own way, etc.
DriveHQ is my general cloud like, they have their own fine file manager and they try to make mapping almost trivial (WebDav). Cost for data backups is reasonable. Most of my stuff is small to medium. Right now I went to $3/month.
If you have found other clouds that work as well for mapping and file visibility and control, share away
Syncback looks like it is too sync oriented, and does not have the type of flexibility of saving this file here and that file there very easily. How it works with profiles and tasks seems strange, although maybe there is some way to group that I have not found yet.
Backup4All has that excellent backup flexibility .. but for some reason they want to save as a zip. And then if the file is real big, they have a special situation about how to dezipperize. Ugh. Incidentally, Syncback did have a simulation mode that B4All doesn't seem to have, however overall B4All does look like a better program for backing up without sync.
So am I missing something ? Am I asking too much ? Doesn't it make sense to have the option to save files WITHOUT .zip .. for quick visibility, selective restore to another spot, etc.
Also I would like my backup, if possible, to backup the same sets to an external drive, without duplication, a soft-coding of the drive:directory prefix. Anybody do this ?
Your recommendations welcome. I might even move to one of the lesser known off-brand backup programs if it is going to make me more confident about a solid backup every day.
Incidentally, I have no real interest in mirrors or smoke (except after an OS install with drivers and such). If the system crashes, a clean install is called for, is my backup philosophy. Purge the junque.
Note: there was an earlier discussion:
backup software - file-by-file sets http://www.donationc...opic=27785.msg259864
Now I am trying each one to see which one is comfortable. Syncback and Backup4All both had some problems from my perspective. Cobian is possible but a smidgen quirky. Right now I can't find it in the system tray and I can not kill it in Task Manager
. (I was trying to cancel a job in process.) I'll get back to it later since it is worth a look-see. Easeus says it is missing a service, maybe I will get back to them. So I think Uranium is next. The free version has a 4gb zip limitation that really does not effect my basic concerns here, and it got some good comments on the earlier thread. Gizmo likes Backup Maker, but it has a couple of weaknesses (backup up opened files, msgs in German, and maybe a bit too much on the toolbar cautions on upgrades, etc.)
I'll report back on Uranium, their solid forum is a big plus.
So far, pleasant.
"The use of mapped network drives is not recommended. Convert into the full network path ?"
Hmmmm .. I said no (defeats the purpose, I think).
Uranium created a unique folder name, I'll have to check those destination options.
However, it seems to have locked up, on the first file.
Ok, 2nd time I switched to the full network path, and giving my destination.
I would like it to say more than "Backup in progress". Oh, I may have had two instances running, which it should prevent.
Uranium .. another time around ..after reboot .good info about save (a bit slow but acceptable), very good log (an option to tell you everything), one file super-locked, no save (Swift To-Do, this may need VSS) and still strange with folder names, this has to be played with, the files themselves were in the proper native formats.
Another question: I had to regen the drive mapping after the reboot. It was quick, but still a puzzle.
ADDED - SUNDAY
Well, I think I need either on boot-up or pre-event to the save - regen the mapped dirve / is that normal / presumably I have to learn the windows.exe and the paramaters and make it a batch file.
My problem so far with Uranium is that it locks up in an unfriendly manner (e.g. if the drive is not there) and, at least in the free version, it is weak on copying a locked file (VSS). A workaround in general for that weakness would be to copy (using a utility that beats the lock) the file and then save the copied file.
Cobian is strong on these and it has pre-events and it has the choice of saving files with a date stamp or overriding the existing regular file. so so far it is the leader for my purposes. I'm not sure about grouping say four backups into one group yet, but the design of a single backup is pretty good
In review so far :
DriveHQ - happy location because of easy of file manager, both Total commander style and their file manager
Mapping drives - need to automate the check that the mapped drive is there
Cobian -- very good overall, nothing fantastic, everything good
Backup4all (own pay vesion) -- good but forces .zip
Uranium -- free version - seems weak on VSS locked files, and unfriendly when locking up
Syncback -- not so friendly for backup sets, designed more for sync it seems