Some time ago (well: 2.5 years ago, checking the date ) I implemented my backup strategy, and it's saved my bacon a number of times. Nothing much has changed over the years, except for replacing BvckUp with FreeFileSync and Paragon with Macrium Reflect FreeEdition.
SpiderOak is the software that backs up all my documents. What is especially reassuring is that as well as the most current versions being safe on SpiderOak, all the previous versions and even deleted files are safe there as well (just in case I didn't mean to delete it last month )!
Having just finished a couple of graphics projects (Keren & Danni's Wedding Piece and Nathanael & Monica's Wedding Piece) I thought it was time to clean up the file system and free up some resources. These graphics projects produced a lot of temporary files, and files kept for safe keeping and graphic components that were used in the main projects. Once the project was complete most of the components could be deleted and definitely all the temporary files. It's nice to keep a good, clean file system after all.
But of course all those files were still on SpiderOak! I was a little shocked to see that my data usage had grown to 94.933 Gb! You can forget about SpiderOak sitting in the system tray uploading all your file changes: when I checked what was there I even discovered the contents of a previous computer! That will have to wait for another day...
The housekeeping chores are really easy:
- Delete unwanted files on the file system
- Delete the unwanted deleted files in SpiderOak
- Delete any historical versions not required
I'm a little too paranoid at the moment to delete the historical versions (or maybe the projects are still too new?), so I didn't do that step; but after housekeeping my usage was down to 68.256 Gb: a total of 26Gb cleaned up!
I should also note that I could also be purging my historical files (which is a rules based process), but that's SpiderOak wide so I'd need to think carefully
Oh, and one other thing that SpiderOak is proving extremely useful for: uploading the artwork for the printer. There's about 1.5 Gb of files that has to get to the printer: with SpiderOak I can simply create what they call a Share Room from the files that I have already backed up and send the printer the url to the Share Room! That way I don't need to upload them twice, or send them some other way... saves on bandwidth and I can even edit them and the printer will get the latest version! Too easy