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Recommendations please for Online backup provider for small practice

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Hi all and sorry to ask question because I see it has been covered a few years ago but as the market changes so rapidly could I please ask what online backup you currently use for client data and would recommend. I do not have a large data requirement probably under 10Gb for data.

Without getting into the techy stuff too much, my understanding of Dropbox and One drive is that they are not truly online back systems and are used more for file synchronisation. I just want something easy to use, reasonably priced and reliable. Also do they allow for an easy restore of a single file from the backup if accidentally deleted?

Thanks in advance.

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By williams lester accountants
24th Oct 2021 13:44

We use Dropbox, never had any issues with it. But, 90% of what we do is cloud based anyway so doesn’t need traditional backup.

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By Hugo Fair
24th Oct 2021 13:50

But you do, of course, know what provision for backups/recovery is in place for your provider of Cloud services?

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By paulwakefield1
25th Oct 2021 08:42

On a Cybercrime course two years back, there was strong advice regarding data security not to rely wholly on the cloud and also that Dropbox was insecure; the latter may have changed since of course. This was in the context of expected future threats as well as current ones and was also referencing risks to data that were not just criminally driven.

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By elliottchandler
25th Oct 2021 09:57

It is good practice to have redundancy built in and for critical business data that should be having more than one form of backup method in your backup strategy. In the product that we use and sell it has three methods built in.

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By memyself-eye
24th Oct 2021 15:43

memory stick?

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By Hugo Fair
24th Oct 2021 15:48

Or its grown-up sibling ... the external (flash) hard-drive.

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By memyself-eye
24th Oct 2021 17:18

Flash?

Ahh ha, saviour of the universe....

We have only 13 days to save the world!

(from HMRC)

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By Calculatorboy
24th Oct 2021 21:25

Simple rotating a couple of ssd drives would do it , very fast transfer rate.

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By elliottchandler
25th Oct 2021 00:37

I can help directly with your requirement. I can even let you try it out free for 30 days. I have some very high profile clients using our solution. Let's connect and I'll talk you through it.

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By Moonbeam
25th Oct 2021 11:49

I've just moved to MS 365 and my files are backed up to Sharepoint. Costs are very reasonable - about £5 a month.

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By D V Fields
25th Oct 2021 12:59

I often forget I am using bvckup2 (correctly spelt) and then pleased I am when need it. Basically backs up to drives in any configuration you choose. Great for restore points - and you are in control.
Dave

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By AS
25th Oct 2021 16:28

Dropbox for storage and Backblaze for backup.

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By legerman
25th Oct 2021 18:57

The vast majority of my files are stored in an online cloud storage. I also back up to an external drive periodically.
Most cloud storage services will allow you to roll back a previous version of the same file, which came in handy when one of my VT files became corrupted)

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By colinstewart
27th Oct 2021 10:41

OK - I know this doesn't directly answer the question, but: We used an automatic back up system provided by UKFast which was great becasue it just happened and you forgot it was there. Never had to use it in anger, but sometime ago they withdraw the service. What we do now is, I think, a better option: each Mac (we have no windows, it is banned) has a 1TB SSD hard drive pluged into it (USB-C), and we use a piece of software called Carbon Copy Cloner which backs up the full hard disk as a clone, which means it is a bootable hard drive as well as a file backup. So Mac goes 'bang' (only once in 20 years!) you take the SSD drive and plug it into another mac (or Macbook) and boot off the SSD drive. Then you can use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the SSD to the new Mac. Again, never had to use it in anger!

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By paulwakefield1
27th Oct 2021 11:08

And neatly clones any ransomware burrowing into your system. :-)

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By colinstewart
27th Oct 2021 11:39

Thank you for reminding me why Windows is banned in our office! and you use ESET protection anyway, don't you..

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By paulwakefield1
27th Oct 2021 11:51

Macs are not immune!

No I don't use ESET having had a bad experience with it some years ago.

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By colinstewart
27th Oct 2021 12:32

Bit like life, I guess :)

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By Howard Walters
27th Oct 2021 11:48

I've used BackupVault (www.backupvault.co.uk) for the last 4 years. As you'd expect, it automatically backs up whatever drives, folders and files you select at a set time each day or on an ad hoc basis or at whatever interval you choose. You only need to select drives/folders/files the first time and after that just ignore it.

The interface mimics your file structure so very easy to restore a file or files (has come in very useful on more than one occasion) - just click on the desktop app and you instantly access your whole mirrored file structure.

You can do as much as a full system back up/restore - or as little as a single file.

All the data is fully encrypted before it leaves your system and is stored on servers in Slough - and mirrored in Reading I believe.

I pay £24 per month for up to 50Gb. I can't recall now but there may be a cheaper option for less data.

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By Max Maxwell
27th Oct 2021 15:24

We use an online backup service recommended by our IT support people, which I believe costs £5 p/m for 1TB of data.

However, we also have a local hard drive (Western Union) that also backs up our server.

In addition, we learned that our Office 365 allows us up to 1TB of back up per user (we have 4 users) and out IT support has also configured so that the data is backed up on this as well

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By Max Maxwell
27th Oct 2021 18:54

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However, we also have a local hard drive (Western Union) that also backs up our server.

oops! Western Digital

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By Beach Accountancy
27th Oct 2021 19:53

I like the idea of Western Union backup - we ship your data to the mid-west in the 1880s

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By Beach Accountancy
27th Oct 2021 19:53

Idrive for cloud backup, synology NAS for local backup; both painless to use (but them I am only backing up 1 PC)

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By Southbankdelboy
28th Oct 2021 09:20

I was going to use Idrive as it came top in a Techradar review, until I looked at Trustpilot reviews. Seems to be a mixed bag though so good to hear you'd recommend.

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By Beach Accountancy
02nd Nov 2021 17:57

It works for me, and the restore is easy to use, and can restore just one file. But as I say I am only backing up one PC, not a network. I also used Livedrive (for non-work purposes), and it is almost as good, but I have decided not to renew as the price has just gone up by 30%. Idrive is expensive for very large data volumes though - I am on the 5TB plan.

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By thestudyman
29th Oct 2021 08:46

You should ensure onsite and offsite backup. For example:

Onsite: Removal drive or separate server system, such as a Synology NAS, as already mentioned.

Offsite: Cloud based system, such as Backblaze B2. The likes of Dropbox, one drive etc.. are not considered backup solutions.

This way you have 3 versions of the same data. However, in spite of all this, the backup strategy is next to useless if you do not do a test run of restoring your backups!

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By JD
02nd Nov 2021 20:53

Another vote for Synology Nas as a local backup which can re remotely accessed, along side one-drive.

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