Archiving (but not syncing!) to the cloud?

So there's this MacBook Retina (late 2014) whose SSD is not easily (or cheaply) upgradable. I therefore thought about copying those 'old files' (pictures, videos) which are not access on a regular basis anymore to a. an external 'archive' drive and b. also to an unsynched(!) online storage in order to then delete the original 'old files' on the laptop.

Now what options for such an online archive are there? I guess I could use something like MEGA and copy the old files to an unsynced folder on MEGA? That way I'd have the files in the cloud but not on the laptop?

Or are there ways to actually use a cloud drive on MacOS? Which would be the easiest I guess ... ?

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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Your options are many and various but I'd agree that the simplest and fastest is the external HD.

In terms of cloud backup I'm aware of at least one Cloud backup system with the ability to choose which folders are on the PC and which are on the Cloud only
SugarSync -
You can create folders on the computer .. put files in there and they will be synched .. then you can switch-off the local copy and tell SugarSync to keep the data online only.

Dropbox has a "selective sync" option .. you have to first upload it to Dropbox and then on the Dropbox website disable the sync back to the computer
iCloud is part of Apple's built in offering.  If you have Yosemite or Mavericks, you already have 5 GB free.

Dropbox isn't secure.  It's probably the least secure of the selections available.  It does have a nice easy to use interface, but so do others.  If you don't care about data security at all, dropbox is fine, but I would recommend any of the other offerings out there over dropbox if you have even the slightest concern about security.,3905.html

You could sign on to all of them and get several gigabytes of free space split into multiple services.
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
How about a Nifty drive?

Add a 64G or 128G microsd SDHC card and you've got a lot more space for 'old' (and new) stuff.

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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Don't use dropbox. Any option can be configured to backup then archive while no longer syncing.  I suggest crashplan (free to use to local backup/archive and cheap to use cloud.  It is all in the configuration.
XeronimoAuthor Commented:
Gerwin: that looks nifty indeed!
XeronimoAuthor Commented:
Gerwin: and so I could add this card to that Nifty drive?
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
The link you posted is not working. But this site is showing you Kingston 10 speed microSD cards that will work:

Here are the specs for the cards you can use:
XeronimoAuthor Commented:
Ah, weird that the link didn't work but ok, it was this one:

Judging from the specs it should be compatible then?
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Looks fine to me, check last link above for reference.
Thomas RushCommented:
Be careful of using external drives for two reasons:
1) Hard drives aren't designed to hold data for long periods of time when powered off.  How long?  Nobody knows, but I wouldn't count on data being recoverable if it's on an unpowered disc for more than a year.  Best practice would be to power the drive for a few days periodically, say every 3 months.
2) USB-attached drives: The USB interface is designed to allow more than one undetected, and thus uncorrectable, error in every 10TB of data transmitted.   Now, a 'wrong' bit in a photo is probably not a big deal.  But if it's in a spreadsheet or database file, it could be a whole different story.
Hard drives can retain data for far longer than you imagine.  You don't have to read them every 3 months.  If it wasn't in heavy 24/7 use, you'll still be able to use them many years later.  I've had several sitting for many (3-5+) years from various old desktops, a few that I ran in light 24/7 use as home servers, and they still worked on my USB to IDE adapter when I finally transferred files and wiped them for recycling.

I still have 10 & 14 year old laptops that still boot after years of being left off.  I even had one drive with errors, before it got taken offline, and it was still readable 3 years later with some recovery utilities.  You can even run the disks with the covers off and they'll still work.  If you don't want dust in there to mess up your data later, run a HEPA filter and aim the clean air over your workspace.

The only drives I had trouble with, so far, even if they weren't run 24/7, have been those crappy, faulty Seagate 1.5 TB drives that everyone has had issues with.  Seagate should just recall their entire 1.5 TB batch and crush them.  They shouldn't be sold anymore.

If the drive was in 24/7 use for over 3 years, then, you'd likely have some trouble booting them up, but the data will still be on the drive platters.  That data can be recovered.  If you want to make sure it's not recoverable, you'd best take it apart and sandpaper the platters, then break those platters into small bits.

You already have the greater issue of bit flip from cosmic rays, so it doesn't matter that the USB allows a comparatively minor 1 uncorrectable error every 10TB.
XeronimoAuthor Commented:
The topic is not external hard drives though ;)
I was just responding to the other comment to correct a misconception ;)  My previous comment addressed your topic. :D
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