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What Tina Learned Today.

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Originally uploaded by SkyWhisperer
I've been thinking about what to do about backups lately. We have Time Machine running in the house, but I wanted something off-site. I have too much data to just throw on my server.

So I looked at the available online backup programs. I have a free subscription to the Norton one (imagine that!), but it's PC only and only 2GB. I looked at Mozy and Carbonite, but wasn't really impressed with either of them. I finally settled on BackBlaze. Solid encryption (and you hold the key), and configurable network usage. Downloading your files as zip archives, or individual files, is free - or for $199, they'll burn your entire backup onto a hard drive and mail it to you.

It took a long time to backup. I had about 100GB or so of stuff on the Mac, and it took nearly 3 weeks of nights to get it all backed up. But when I went looking to see how I could possibly have had 100GB of data, I realized there were a ton of pictures in my iPhoto library that I'd deleted from iPhoto but were still on my disk. I removed some of them, but there was no way to figure out what was and wasn't used. So, puzzled, I left the rest of them alone.

Today, I rode home from work in the rain. When I got home, I spent half an hour taking pictures of my wet bike and helmet. Before I downloaded them, I thought, "Hm. I wonder if I have a setting wrong in iPhoto that's keeping it from deleting the physical copies of removed pictures?". Wandering through the options didn't reveal anything, so I hit google.

"iphoto remove files from hard drive" told me, on the first hit, that maybe I should empty the iPhoto trash can.

iPhoto has a trash can of its own?

How many photos was I lugging around, backing up, and otherwise wasting space on?


Now that I've emptied the trash, my iPhoto library is under 12Gb. Why didn't I do this before I spent a month uploading deleted pictures to the cloud?
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sgillbee From: sgillbee Date: August 15th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
So... does BackBlaze have some kind of rolling backup where you can recover previous versions of a file? Or is it always a "what latest" snapshot?
sgillbee From: sgillbee Date: August 15th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Restore Previous Versions
Backblaze keeps up to four weeks of file versions. Modified a file and need an old version? Just scroll back and pick a file from two weeks ago.
sgillbee From: sgillbee Date: August 15th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Have this connected to a Windows Home Server and it rocks. $5/mo for unlimited backup of all the computers in your house.

n computers -> 1 local backup server -> cloud.

The way to do it.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: August 15th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I was wary of trying to backup .sparsebundle files. I wasn't sure how it would work.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: August 15th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Also, I think they charge extra for server operating systems.
oshawapilot From: oshawapilot Date: August 15th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't recall ever taking note of the fact that iPhoto had it's own trashcan, but apparently I must have emptied it in the past as just looking at it now I only had 20 something photos there.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: August 21st, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
And iMovie has its own trash can... if you think deleted photos take up a lot of space, you should see how much deleted video takes up :-)
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