“Unlimited” cloud based backup systems. Do you feel guilty about how much you actually use ?
Yes, they all offer “unlimited” storage for your data backups, and say its no problem etc but I personally feel kind of guilty about how much space I actually use with my backup supplier (BackBlaze) – yet, truth be told, I’m probably on the lower end of the scale in terms of data storage used with them.
The data I have selected for backup totals about 750GB, but only about 30GB of that probably changes in a week – its things like photos, documents, emails, purchased apps, along with a Veeam backup of my server C drive which really only houses one thing of concern, the email system.
Yet I find myself each week cleaning up the usual suspect folders (temp folders, downloads etc) to keep the back ups to a minimum – one bonus to doing this, is that it takes less time to do the cloud backup.
Do you use a cloud based backup solution ? Do you feel guilty how much you actually upload ? Is it all “legit” data, or are you using them as your personal “linux image collection” storage container ?
I like to keep my systems (well, primarily the home server) fairly “clean and tidy” as they can be in the digital world.
This means a regular run of CCleaner, check disk status (errors, usage etc), remove any software/files that are no longer required. And for this work, the server keeps ticking along, with very few software related issues.
This also keeps the backup’s size down to a more manageable level as well. (I use Veeam to backup the local C: disk to another physical drive, which is then uploaded to BackBlaze)
Recently I was cleaning out some folders and happened to run TreeSize Free, and to my surprise, found the following folder containing 8GB of log files.
Turns out these files are generated by the Intel Software Driver package which a lot of users install to keep their system drivers etc up to date. And to be honest, I probably had it installed at some point. But I cant find it now.
However these files were dated on the day, and some I could delete because they are in use, indicating that the software is still running somewhere. (I’ll dig into this at a later date)
I just deleted the files anyway and reclaimed 8GB back, and shrunk my backups in one hit.
So, if you’re wondering why you have such a large ProgramData folder, this could be one reason why.
How did I not know about this….. although, I will admit Im only up to about Season 4 of the original Stargate series….. 😉
Seems to be a lot of confusion about what effects the patch against the kernel flaw on Intel processors found recently, will have on a gaming desktop. Appears to be very little as most games do not hit the particular code that cause the slowdown.
Check out Hardware Unboxed‘s video below