Justin in Oregon says:
I wanted to provide your readers a cautionary tale that may come in handy regarding online backup solutions. Up until recently, I had used Backblaze to backup my data and been happy with their service. I had never had to use a complete restore but felt confident that all of my photos were maintained in the event I needed them.
However, a few months ago after some computer problems, I did a complete reinstall of my operating system. Because of the way Backblaze identifies the computer that holds the license, my old license was not transferred over. After contacting support, I was directed to start a new backup. Not only would that take many months, the data exceeded the monthly allotment by my ISP, requiring me to pay additional monthly fees. To compound the problem, I had to do another reinstall of my OS a few weeks later, and start the process over. After exchanging many messages with Backblaze support, I was told that online backup may not be for me given the size of my data (over 5 TB) and that they recommend their service to people who can successfully backup all their data in 30 days or less.
In summary, if you use Backblaze and have a lot of data, any time you get a new computer or reinstall the OS, you will likely need to back up everything starting from the beginning. This could take many months and cause you to pay hefty fees to your ISP for the data usage, amounting to many multiples of the annual cost of the Backblaze service. If others have successfully used online backup options, I would appreciate knowing how they've worked out.
I think Justin's cautions are good things to consider when you are planning your photo backup. My reaction to Justin's comments in general are as follows:
So what do readers think? Is storing all your photos in the cloud practical for anyone?