I just realised I have 1TB of MS OneDrive Cloud space lying around unused. DAMNNN!!!

Just yesterday, I was thinking of backing up all my content to cloud (because just in case and past experiences of losing data).

I did a quick fact check and figured that I have ~450 GB of unbacked data.

After quick calculations, I came to a number of how many Google accounts I'll need for 15 GB per account of drive space.

Today, I was playing around with my Microsoft Developer account and saw OneDrive. I thought let's check how much free space does MS Dev subscription offers.

It showed 1024 GB. FUCK! My balls dropped.

Now here's what I did...

I have a local drive of 500 GB, which holds all the unbacked data. Now I setup my local OneDrive there and put everything into OneDrive.

And then, I moved my local Google Drive into OneDrive. A nested setup for important stuff.

So this way, less important stuff is backed up on cloud and accessible everywhere.

And more important stuff gets synced on Google Drive and OneDrive, both.

Did I do the right and sensible thing with this kind of setup?

MS Developer subscription says they expire it in 90 days but until today, they have auto renewed it always.

I still have ~500 GB of space which can be consumed.

Also, overall MS ecosystem seems much better to me than Google. Moreover, MS allows custom domain mapping which Google doesn't.

Let's see how can I entirely migrate to MS ecosystem in near future.

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    I take it you have read the ToS and agree to whatever MS says will be happening with your data?
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    @netikras I an accepted the fact that all of these companies will sell my data.
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    @Floydimus Selling is not the problem. WHO and HOW will be using it - that's what I see as a problem.

    I really don't mind sharing a 2GB zip file full of my nudes, private emails, health history, passwords, bank info and whatnot IF and only IF I am confident no one will be able to use that info: read it, analyze it, alter it, publish/share it (i.e. a securely encrypted zip file, a TrueCrypt partition, etc.).

    But sharing anything as-is..... Even the idea is upsetting.

    There's no free cheese
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    Well, if you use Windows, they already have all your data if they want it.
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    @netikras well if I, or anyone for that matter, has a digital presence, then everything is at risk all the time since sign up.
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    Storing 1 TB locally with redundancy costs pennies. 1 TB is a small amount of data.
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    @electrineer Where tf do you get your harrdrives?
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    @electrineer why should we store anything locally these days?

    @Awlex the right question to ask.
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    @Floydimus because it's cheap and doesn't depend on outside parties.
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    @electrineer what about portability and being able to access anywhere/any time?

    Plus constant backup or reliability issues.
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    The ui for onedrive is soo much easier to use
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    @EpicofGilgamesh agreed and it has more and better features than GDrive.
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    @Floydimus setting that up takes some time on your home server, but it's doable. If you want off-site backups too, that will be some more hassle.
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    I guess I'll never understand the habit of cloud sharing.

    It's not even security or anything else... Just that I love it locally.

    Bought 4 NAS hard drives, one PCI-X raid controller, built a small media PC for the living room, done.

    RAID 6 with 4 TB HDDs let me store 8 TB of data. Which I never used fully.

    Later it switched from media PC which broke after... 6 years?! I think to workstation.

    Games and shit is now on it, though I rarely play.

    One time invest, no hassle with GDPR, download speed, INet access problems.

    Might sound like a pricey investment, but in my opinion everything amortizes itself over time.

    What GDrive and MS offer isn't free. They decide the rules. No I mean not (only) security wise, but they dictate the whole conditions and rules.

    I would never trust my data to an external service that is free. The moment it becomes too pricey for the service provider could be the moment you're butt fucked.

    2 weeks minimum notification of change, 1 month usually.

    So if you have an accident, a long period of vacation, stuck in depression or just the horny lovely romance phase of fucking each others brains and genitals out, it could be that all the data is lost permanently. Because you didn't realize that the service agreement changes.

    It's one of the dangers of "free" and cloud in general - the provider has a whole lot more power than the customer. While it's a global service, there is no global law.

    Which makes it even more... unsafe? Dunno how to phrase it.

    Same for the cryptocurrency / home devices / IOT... The general idea isn't bad.
    But... Humans. Nuff said.
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    @electrineer it's all about trade off.

    Giving away my data for peace of mind? Because on a long enough timeline, survival rate of everyone becomes zero.

    I want to enjoy my time while I am here.

    @IntrusionCM who wouldn't want their own setup?

    Issue is that maintenance is more of a hassle and pain than creation.

    Here cloud is about convenience.
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    @Floydimus yeah, it's about peace of mind both ways: risk of losing control of your data either by it getting destroyed or by others gaining control of it. And it's also about how much effort you want to put in to mitigate said risks.
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    @electrineer Yes, there are pros and cons to everything. There is no single best thing out there.

    Things very based on your use case and what you are willing to trade off.
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    There you go Floyd! 1tb of data that can be filled with up to 3 megabits of pure speed!

    Sorry, but that's what it's been like for me lol
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