How I do my back-ups

As much as I wanted to do cloud back-ups, the technology is not there yet for me to use it, in a sense that the interface is clunky no matter what I choose, the sync is not that perfect and a couple more problems on top of that.

Unanswered questions from a paranoid user:

  • What happens with my data if you randomly ban my account?
  • What happens when I will inadvertently have TB of data? How will I download it on my 200 GB computer?
  • What happens when my credit card will be short of money and  the auto-renew payment will not go through? Will everything be deleted, just like GoDaddy does with their servers?

Sure there’s other solutions like Backblaze or Crashplan, but they both have hidden Terms & Conditions and let’s not forget the fact that there’s a monthly payment to use them also.

My solution is simple: offline storage for photos and videos, everything else on cloud storage.

Photos and Videos

My system starts with buying two External Hard Drives. I then save photos and videos on one, name it BackupV1N1 (Backup Volume 1 Number 1) and when I’m finished I copy the HDD on the second and name it BackupV1N2. I then move one back-up to a totally different location to be safe nothing will be damaged if something happens to the physical space it’s in. Once it’s full, I just repeat the process with a different name slapped onto it (BackupV2N1).

Regarding the structure of the files, once you open a Hard Drive, you’ll see folders with the years, nested in them will be the months and in the months you’ll see folders for events that happened in that period. This structure is perfect for the photos you don’t know the exact date, since you can just throw them in the month folder or even year folder, for those old enough you have no memory of.

The month folder has its number also for them to be chronologically displayed. Also notice the events have a number attached to it, that’s the specific day in the month.

Personal Files

As we’re now talking about just documents, I can just go ahead and save them in an online cloud storage, such as Google Drive, as it doesn’t take that much space. I personally upload them once in a while, as opposed to constantly having their app open, to reduce my computer’s work.


Nothing fancy, everything’s on Github.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *