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I have an external hard drive full of hi-res photos I want to upload to a cloud service. With an approximate 3gb upload speed, this will take days to weeks to finish. Wondering if there's a place I can go that has a really fast upload speed and either pay for someone to do it for me, or sit there and wait for it.

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What's your speed of your local connection?

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approx 3gb

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Oh I see, I read your question wrong.

I BELIEVE McDonald's and Starbucks have good upload. But don't try it during peak time and you should be able to get some good numbers.

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What cloud service? Several have a service that allows you to send a drive to them for initial seeding.

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minidrag said:   What cloud service? Several have a service that allows you to send a drive to them for initial seeding.
  Carbonite 

eta: Which I have confirmed does not offer that service :/

 

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minidrag said:   What cloud service? Several have a service that allows you to send a drive to them for initial seeding.
  I can only find iDrive that does this. Do you know of others?

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MasterDebator said:   
minidrag said:   What cloud service? Several have a service that allows you to send a drive to them for initial seeding.
  I can only find iDrive that does this. Do you know of others?

  
Crashplan:
https://support.code42.com/CrashPlan/4/Backup/Seed_to_a_destinat...

Mozy Pro:
https://mozy.com/product/features/data-shuttle
 

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marsilies said:   
MasterDebator said:   
minidrag said:   What cloud service? Several have a service that allows you to send a drive to them for initial seeding.
  I can only find iDrive that does this. Do you know of others?

  
Crashplan:
https://support.code42.com/CrashPlan/4/Backup/Seed_to_a_destination_to_speed_up_initial_backup

Mozy Pro:
https://mozy.com/product/features/data-shuttle

  
Weird..I read that CrashPlan discontinued that

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MasterDebator said:    
Weird..I read that CrashPlan discontinued that

Looking into it more, it looks like CrashPlan for Business supports it, but not for home users anymore.

Amazon AWS has Snowball for getting data onto their S3 storage fast. You could use their Glacier storage, which is $0.004/GB per month.
https://aws.amazon.com/snowball/disk/
http://nofilmschool.com/2015/10/if-you-want-back-your-entire-fil...


How much data do you have to upload, and are you sure your upload speed is 3Gb/s? That's several magnitudes faster than most home broadband services. Something like 3Mb/s upload speeds isn't unheard of for DSL connections. I found a tool to calculate the amount of time it'd take based on a given upload speed and upload amount:
http://www.arcsource.com/tools/online_backup.html


You might look into the speeds of your local library. Also, there's services that offer temporary office or work space to traveling workers; you could see the speeds available to you.
http://www.regus.com/coworking-space
https://www.peerspace.com/
http://www.fedex.com/us/office/free-wi-fi.html

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Many hosting companies allow you to ship a drive too. You might check the big ones like Rackspace.

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MasterDebator said:   
minidrag said:   What cloud service? Several have a service that allows you to send a drive to them for initial seeding.
  Carbonite 

eta: Which I have confirmed does not offer that service :/

 

  The best they offer is a disk / cloud backup, which would let you backup to another local disk first, then to cloud.  This would take just as long for the cloud part, but at least you'd have a local backup right away.
https://support.carbonite.com/articles/Server-Windows-Best-Pract...

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marsilies said:   
 
How much data do you have to upload, and are you sure your upload speed is 3Gb/s? That's several magnitudes faster than most home broadband services. Something like 3Mb/s upload speeds isn't unheard of for DSL connections. I found a tool to calculate the amount of time it'd take based on a given upload speed and upload amount:
http://www.arcsource.com/tools/online_backup.html 



 

  ha..I dont know why that didnt jump out at me as glaringly wrong...yes it is 3Mb/s upload.... (its been a long week)

I have roughly 500GB of data, which according to your nifty calculator would take a shade under 3 weeks

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Can you increase your internet speed for 1 month and then scale it back?

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gremln007 said:   Can you increase your internet speed for 1 month and then scale it back?
  Maybe? I'm not sure I want that much contact with the cable company though. Notoriously bad

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Can you upload it from work?

Mine has a nice 15mb upload.

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forbin4040 said:   Can you upload it from work?

Mine has a nice 15mb upload.

  There is a much faster upload speed there, mine is around 12mb presently, but its an open office environment, no offices, and I dont want to leave my laptop and hard drive on my desk for a week straight

eta - although I did just discover a 75mb upload connection at the office...which would take less than 24 hours. That could be an option...maybe

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