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Cloud storage recommendation

I feel that I should find a cloud storage solution to give me an offsite backup option for my data (personal and self-employed business)

I currently have backups running from mine and my wife's backups to a networked NAS drive which is all fine. But the data is still all residing inside the house and nothing is offsite.

I would need 2 separate accounts for our laptops, or at least a way to keep the data separate. For the wife's data, she has approx. 200GB of mostly photos/videos. probably 75% or more is stuff she does not need to access, but just store (ie. older photos/videos). When I was looking at sync.com, I liked the idea of parking some of the data in the "vault" so that only the current stuff that she uses would be sync'd realtime. I don't want any of her crap syncing onto my laptop.

For my own data, I have approx. 20-30GB of data to store. As with the wife's, a lot of it could reside in a "vault" setting (old client files etc that I don't need to reside on my local machine)

Is there a cloud storage provider that I can create separate accounts, and with a "vault" option to store offline data that I could retrieve but not have reside on the local machines on a regular basis? Or am I just better off getting 2x sync.com accounts?

Appreciate any recommendations!
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google photos is free and offers unlimited storage for JPGs (up to 16Mpixel) and videos (up to 1080p).

you can create several accounts with one phone number.
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bogolisk wrote: google photos is free and offers unlimited storage for JPGs (up to 16Mpixel) and videos (up to 1080p).

you can create several accounts with one phone number.
does it compress the photos/videos?
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Jay-c wrote: does it compress the photos/videos?
No if jpgs are 16mps or smaller, videos are 1080p or lower.
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bogolisk wrote: No if jpgs are 16mps or smaller, videos are 1080p or lower.
Might be good for all her photo/video, and I can just dump her docs into a subfolder in a sync.com vault once in a while.. if it isn't real-time sync for that it isn't critical. I assume that google photos does real-time sync for photo/video?

This might work... sync.com for my stuff, have my "active" files sync with my laptop, and "vault" the inactive files but I still want to be able to access once in a while
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If you are willing to pay, you could always buy a 1 yr sub to Dropbox for 1TB of storage. I believe the cost is $100 for the yr. Pricey, but could always claim it as a business expense.
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CrashPlan had a good promo during black friday and the holidays

Box.com is great too.
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bogolisk wrote: No if jpgs are 16mps or smaller, videos are 1080p or lower.
I tested this and this is not what I found. Even JPG's lower than 16mbps were slightly lower in file size so there was compression for the free option of Google Photos. Not sure how it deals with RAW images but for jpg, there is compression for sure.

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