Viddler may be used as a part of a best practice backup strategy. We have multiple redundancies to make sure your videos will play, and this will ensure your source files are available in case you experience data loss on your local backups. However, we do not recommend being the only place you store video and/or audio files. Please keep a local copy (or copies) of your video and audio files. Here are the following recommendations for our teams in terms of keeping a backup of your files:
Backup often - Schedule your computer(s) and device(s) to backup on a regular (daily/weekly) basis.
- Software such as Time Machine (Mac only), CrashPlan (Windows/Mac), Windows Backup, Carbon Copy Cloner (Mac), or SuperDuper! (Mac) do a great job of backing up data on your computer to your external hard drives. Here's many more suggestions for local backup programs for Mac OS X: takecontrolbooks.com/resources/0014/software.html. Please let us know if you have suggestions for Windows, Linux, etc.
- Once you do the initial backup, then all the following backups will be incremental and take much less time to complete. It's also possible to just manually drag files over to your external hard drive(s), if that's easier for you to keep organised.
- Be sure you keep an off-site version of your backups. That means physically taking your external hard drive(s) to another location (office, parents, friends) on a regular basis. Therefore, if nature chooses to ravish your home — we sure hope it doesn't — then you will still have a local copy.
- Using services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Copy to synchronise important files between computers and/or mobile devices can also be useful.
- There are many online backup services out there. A quick web search will likely show results for various in-depth articles on the pros and cons for each service.
- Most of our employees here at Viddler use Backblaze. They offer unlimited backups (that includes your external hard drives) of your data. That means there's no storage limitations. Do you have 500GB or 3TB of data (read: videos) that's precious to you? They will accept all of it. Of course, it will take quite a while (weeks or months — depending on your upload connection) for data that large to upload. If you consider yourself a geek, then checkout how Backblaze stores your precious data redundantly in this article they posted.
- CrashPlan also comes highly recommended by our peers. They offer very similar services and pricing as Backblaze, but also have free cross-platform desktop software for doing local backups (as you may have noticed above).
If you have any additional suggestions or advice, then please leave them in the comments below.