Migrating files from one cloud to another can be a nightmare.

In a couple of weeks, I won’t be needing any of the Microsoft Office Suites anymore. I would have graduated and the chapter of my life as a student will officially end. 31 years of formal education (not going the intervening years that I started work, but I digress, you get the drift). So it doesn’t really make sense for me to continue subscribing to Microsoft Office anymore when I know I will never use it again. And if I need to use it sometime in the future, there is my work desk that comes installed with Office as well as open source versions of it. While not perfect, it’s not like I do not have absolute access to Office for critical tasks.

Office subscription comes with OneDrive, offering a generous 1TB of cloud storage space.  Over the years, I have added quite a lot of files inside, mainly photo backup and a number of videos. I have used about 200GB of space in all in OneDrive. Now, seeing that I am going to terminate the subscription, I need to find a way to migrate those files over. I have Dropbox that I use for work and the subscriptions, I usually claim the cost of the subscription through my company. It’s 1 TB as well but I have rarely utilized it since I start subscribing it for work. I have only used about 20GB of space, including share work files. So it doesn’t make sense for me to subscribe to two different cloud storage solutions, despite the fact that one is paid by the company. I might as well consolidate my personal and work files in one cloud storage provider. Consolidation is key. It makes life easier.

What doesn’t make life easier is the difficulty of having to download all my files to OneDrive, and then to re-upload them to DropBox. It’s just too tedious. Right now I am having difficulty downloading GBs of data at one time, only to be interrupted by connection issues with OneDrive.

Now I know that there are third-party cloud syncing solutions, but I have tried some of them, and almost all that I have tried were terrible unless you upgrade to their full suite of functionality to take advantage of their seamless cloud migration or cloud sync features.

My Office account is due in early December and I need to migrate 200GB of files fast and efficient. Right now, there is no other way than leaving my desktop on for days on end, crossing my fingers, hoping that the download is complete.

And it’s not that my connection is terrible, but OneDrive downstream speeds are terribly slow.

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Amazon has ended its unlimited cloud storage. Reverts to 1TB for US$59.90

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Recently Amazon announced that they will no longer be offering unlimited cloud storage through Amazon Drive. Instead, the company will be offering cloud storage starting at 1TB for US$59.00 a year and the cost increases accordingly for each 1TB needed for up to 30TB.

This is disappointing news for me as I have been relying on Amazon Drive (since the announcement of unlimited cloud storage) for a safe place to store and grow my photo collection.

As someone who picked up photography as a hobby, I have amassed almost 100,000 photos and I need a safe place to store them apart from my usual portable hard drive as my main repository of photographs. That amounts to almost 900GB. I am almost hitting the 1TB limit and now that they announce that additional 1TB of storage would cost another US$59.90, I would have no choice but to shop elsewhere for a cheaper alternative to store my expanding collection of photos.

I have started migrating some files that are not photographs or pictures to my OneDrive account (I have 1TB courtesy of the Office 365 account and intend to keep it in the long term) They are mostly pictures taken from my smartphone, past and present (I am sentimental, although a majority of them are rubbish photos sent via WhatsApp and stored on my phone). They don’t constitute a large portion of the space required, just maybe 20Gb or so.

To make the migration easier for the thousands of documents and smartphone pictures stored in various folders, I employed the use to MultCloud, a cloud migration web app, that assists you in migrating swathes of files from one cloud to another. It is free to use and allows you to transfer up to 2TB of data. For VIP users (in a form of a subscription) you can have an unlimited transfer to multiple cloud storage services at one go and also speeds up the transfer by transferring multiple files in parallel.

I can clearly see the benefit of subscribing to the VIP services for a month, as the transfer can get quite slow. It is definitely easy as you simply tell the web app which folder you want to transfer from one cloud to another. But before you do that, you have to map all your cloud storage services under the MultiCloud interface. That way, it will recognise all the cloud services you have and it will then initiate the data transfer. Other than file transfer, MultCloud allows you to synchronise data between two cloud or simply use MultCloud as a one stop app to access all your files across multiple cloud services under your wing.

Once the file migration is complete I will close down Amazon Drive and will no longer use its services.

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My next solution is to start backing up the hard drive with all my photos using BackBlaze. BackBlaze primary feature is to create backups of your PC or Mac, especially your personal files. For a flat fee of US$50, you have unlimited data for backing up your files from ONE computer as well as any attached portable hard drives that you have. This means that BackBlaze allows me to backup my portable hard drive containing all my photos (and some video files).

This is not the best solution as it solely serves as a backup repository but since I rarely access most of my photos taken during my photography session, there is no need to access those files from BackBlaze’s servers. So long as my portable hard drive is still functioning, I will continue to use that and not disturb any of the files that have been backed up in BackBlaze. Should my hard drive fail, then I simply get a new one then restore all the files from BackBlaze.

Migrated all my blog posts

I have successfully migrated all my blog posts that I have written from various blog services to this blog. That amounts of 11 years of blog posts, or more than 800 entries. Now my entire collection of blog entries that surmounts to  an account of 11 years of my life is complete and in chronological order. What began as a hobby and a humble outlet to express my feelings through writing has now became a way of life for me.

And the process was terribly easy. Simple export your entries to a backup file in which you can download, and then import it back by uploading the file to WordPress here. WordPress will take care of the rest, and eventually you will see all your entries nicely arranged together in chronological order.