Cloud Backups for Music Library

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Sun Mar 3 22:03:05 CET 2019

 Having to work on a daily basis, designing apps that run on the cloud, it's interesting to see how far the notion of computing as a commodity and service has come along.  That convenience factor for the backup solution seems very attractive.
My worst case scenarios doing it DIY style is having the secondary devices go bad on you, or be affected by acts of nature and other accidental losses.

    On Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9:45:55 AM PST, Joost Schuttelaar <joost at> wrote:  
 I also don’t use a cloud service, simply Time Machine to an external drive for local backups. Remote sync to a box I manage myself (indeed, just rsync). And an image a year on cheap USB drive that I put in the cabinet.



Joost Schuttelaar
The Hague, NL

> On 3 Mar 2019, at 17:04, Jay Vaughan <ibisum at> wrote:
>> Note: I am mostly interested in backing up my large 1T collection of recorded music, i.e. my music library.
> A controversial opinion: you don’t need a cloud service.  Don’t be lazy, use good computing practices and be *sure* you have backups.
> Here is how: When you get yourself a disk for your music library, get two disks.  Rotate them every few months - put one in your studio for daily use, and the other in your  bank vault for protection/recovery.
>     $ rsync -avzh —progress /Volumes/DiskInUse/ /Volumes/DiskToTheVault/
> Better still, get three disks - one for your daily use, one to hang on your VPN so you can access it anywhere, and one for the vault.
> If this is too much hassle, sure - use a cloud.  But always remember, the cloud is just other peoples computers, and just because you bought the service doesn’t mean its going to be around forever, nor will you always have the bandwidth to do a restore ...  If you want real sanctity, having another copy of your valued data in a vault is as good as it gets.  There is no data plan under the sun that can match the multi-terabyte backup you hand-deliver to your bank vault.
> (Disclaimer: not a cloud fanboy, but I do have “Matryoshka Doll”-style personal backups of everything I’ve done for decades…)
> j.
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