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WD has glammed up its SmartWare consumer backup software with a Pro version embracing Dropbox. Smartware presents you with a file-folder view of your, er, files, through its control centre. You can tell it to continuously backups of your files and folders, or scheduled snapshots - hourly, daily, monthly - using the specified …

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Whatever.

In the last 40+ years, I haven't lost anything digital that I have generated. It ain't the computer or network, it's the operator. It's a poor mechanic who blames his/her tools.

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There certainly are some tremendous tools around.

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Previous versions

Dropbox does keep previous versions -- right click on the filename in the web browser.

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Umm

So if I have (say) 60GB in DropBox and my HDD dies....how long does it take me to download my back-ups? How do I store my configuration settings and related data? How do I ensure sensitive information is encrypted prior to upload*? How do I manage the keys for the encryption?

Or, in other words, the "cloud" is not a back-up you pillocks!

*If you are putting any data in Dropbox unencrypted and it is in any was sensitive, private or confidential; you are a class-A idiot.

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"how long does it take me to download my back-ups?"

Doesn't matter. Dropbox is your 'my house burnt down with my computers in it' insurance. You will have plenty to do while it spends a day or two re-downloading.

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Previous version is simple isn't it?

The previous version piece is already available a lot of Dropbox competitors. My company uses Probox which is similar to Dropbox but with a few more features aimed at business users. Unless I'm mistaken we get access to near unlimited previous versions of our files along with a load of other stuff that makes our IT guys very excited. All I care about is making my life easy, and it does.....

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Way too complicated for me

I'm inclined to agree with jake that (at least for the consumer) it's over the top and it's down to your own approach. I have backups all over the place cos I never like to destroy information, but in truth I don't know what I really have.

Which leads me to an important point : sometimes you want to wipe something out and start again, or get rid of all copies of something that you really wish you hadn't created (embarrassing/compromising etc.). Does this thing come with a "flush all copies of this file away throughout the system" button?

[I recently came across the Windows 'Restore Previous Versions' facility and was surprised to find that you can resurrect files from previous restore points. 'Cool', I thought. Then 'What a security hole!']

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In what way is this new?

I've been running DropBox (and other cloud file systems) on my QNAP NAS for more than a year.

Some folders are attached to certain services, so if I drop files there, they sync to the cloud. And those folders can be anywhere, even somewhere inside the folder tree of my backup. So I backup to my NAS and part of this syncs to the cloud.

Or my NAS holds a backup of the dropbox.

That said, my backups are 100% under my own control, including encrypted offsite disks - dropbox is just for sharing with the friends who insist on using it :)

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SmartWare

Definitely isn't smart. Biggest heap of crap any of the HD manufacturers have dumped on their customers, and HD manufacturers seem to excel at writing crap software.

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