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Which service allows cloud backups without syncing?

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I need a remote backup service that doesn't require syncing (i.e., Dropbox, iDrive). I've been using USB drives to archive files but I need a remote location to store them (currently safe deposit box). The remote backup location would be an ideal replacement for these USB drives.

One other thing the service needs is a way to recognize if I have already backed up a file into a specific folder. I don't want to upload a 2GB file that is already in the same location.

After files have been backed up, I will remove them from my local hard drive. That is why syncing shouldn't be a requirement.

Does anyone have a suggestion like this?
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by:rindi
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Dropbox doesn't need syncing. You can access the files you uploaded directly from within your Web-Browser, and also browse your Dropbox folders. So you can do what you want to do easily with Dropbox. The same applies to OneDrive, Google Drive etc. As I don't use iDrive I wouldn't know about that, but I'm almost sure you can do it with that as well.
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Does dropbox check if the same file is already in a folder?
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No. But you can do that easily by browsing Dropbox before you upload. Or if you always upload to the same folder it'll ask you whether you want to overwrite the file that is already there.
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When using Dropbox as a backup like this, it means using only the browser?
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Yes. It works best that way, and you don't need any additional utility to install.
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This means you will have to always hunt down the folders you are wanting to backup. Is there some other service that makes this process simpler?

If the folders I usually backup from could be listed and I click a button to backup, that would be great.
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by:rindi
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I'm not sure what the problem is. You are copying over backup archive files. Those files usually are just one large file, or maybe just a few large files if your backup software splits the archive. Those few files should be simple enough to keep track of and copy over to the cloud.

One thing I would recommend is not to delete the backed up archives from your USB disk. It is a lot better to not only have one backup, but rather several of them, and besides that, restoring the backup from a USB disk is faster than from the cloud.
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