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Secure and easy backup of files to the cloud


Today, there are cloud services on the Internet that allow users to store any information on their servers. They are very convenient for placing backups. Firstly, the archives on the remote server are independent of the state of your hard drive. And secondly, they are available from anywhere in the world. Therefore, today we will consider how to use the archiver and the "Task Scheduler" Windows to organize a backup to one of these services - Dropbox.

And first of all, we’ll talk about preparing a place to store archives. When you first visit the Dropbox website, the user is prompted to download and install a special utility. Refuse from this is not worth it, because it greatly facilitates the work with the service. The installation procedure itself is absolutely unremarkable. From the user, just click on the Install button. But after the process is completed, the utility offers to specify an account on Dropbox. Since we don’t have it yet, select I don’t have a Dropbox account.

On the next screen, enter your data.

Next, select a free account. At the same time, 2GB will be available on server disks.

And finally, at the last stage, select Typical, because we do not need special settings.

After the installation is complete, the Dropbox folder appears in the Windows user folder. For ease of access, a link to it is automatically placed in the Favorites section. When any information is placed in this folder, it is automatically uploaded to remote servers. Thus, all we need to do is set up a system for automatically creating and placing archives.

In general, we have already considered such a system. And therefore, just take the shortcut you created earlier and make some changes to its properties. First of all, change the copy location: fix G: backup to C: Users User Dropbox. Next, we need to set a password for the created archives. It is advisable to do this, since transferring data to the Internet is a potentially dangerous operation. To do this, add the following key to our line: -p ******* (you need to enter your password instead of asterisks). As a result, we should get this line of parameters: "a –p ****** –agYYYY-MMM-DD C: Users User backup @C: list.txt".

Everything else can not be touched. The "Action Planner" will, with the specified frequency, run the shortcut we created. The archiver in the background will create archives and place them in the Dropbox folder. Well, Dropbox will automatically upload them to remote servers.

04/01/2011 (updated 08/08/2017), Chemtable Software

Back up any files from anywhere, anytime.

If you are going to back up a collection of images, a large video file or a CAD file, you can safely save the files to your Dropbox account. Dropbox files can be accessed from any device, operating system or platform, and you can easily work separately or together with the team on projects.

No internet connection? Nothing wrong. With Dropbox, you can work on files offline from your desktop computer, Android, iPhone or iPad. As soon as you go back online, all your changes will be automatically synchronized.

Step 1 - creating the application

We go to the App Console page, click the "Create app" button, select the "Dropbox API app" type, select the "Files and datastores" item, since we are going to work with the files, and in the next paragraph answer "Yes - My app only needs access to files it creates ”, this means that your application will be limited only by its separate subfolder in the App folder, it will not have access to other files. We come up with a name for our application and click "Create app".
You will see a whole page of settings for the created application, but there is no need to configure anything extra. But do not close it yet.

Step 2 - Download and Install the SDK

To write applications that will work with files in your Dropbox, you need to go to the Core API section. There we can download the SDK we need, read the documentation and go through training tours.
Since I believe that Python is the best scripting language for me, I downloaded the SDK for myself and installed it. Installation is very simple, everything is limited to downloading, unzipping the SDK itself and installing it using the commands "python install", or "pip install dropbox".

Get extra confidence

Losing valuable family photos or inadvertently deleting work files can be a real test, as if you had lost your phone. Even if this happens, Dropbox can easily recover lost files. When you move or delete a file in the Dropbox folder or in the web version of the program, we warn you about the action that you want to perform. This often helps prevent accidental deletion of files. Be calm, knowing that all your files are stored safely in the cloud, and several backup copies of these files have been created.

Recover your files

If your files were accidentally deleted, lost, or updated too soon, no need to worry. Thanks to file recovery and version history, you can recover all deleted files.

By default, Dropbox backs up all files, including earlier versions of files, for 30 days (or 120 days for Dropbox Business users).

What is file backup?

File backup is another copy of data that can be used to restore files or even the entire hard disk in case of data loss. Backing up files to the cloud storage is the same as backing up your file, but only with saving data online to a network of servers outside the office that are managed by the cloud storage provider.

Why is it important to back up files on the Internet or in the cloud?

Simply put, you have valuable files for which it is important to back up online. Data is irreplaceable, whether it be confidential documents, work files or family photos and videos. It is important to back up on the Internet so that you always have a copy of these indispensable files. In this case, you can easily recover files after an unforeseen situation without losing data.

How to back up all computer contents in the cloud?

Thanks to Dropbox, you can easily back up all your computer’s content to the cloud. After downloading the Dropbox app to your computer, simply drag and drop the files you want to back up to the Dropbox folder on your desktop. You can also back up all of your computer’s contents to by uploading files or folders that you would like to save to the cloud.

Can I backup all the contents of the phone in the cloud?

You can easily back up all your phone’s contents to the cloud using the Dropbox mobile app. After downloading the Dropbox mobile app to your phone or tablet, you can create or download the files you want to back up directly to Dropbox. In addition, any downloaded files are synced with Dropbox on your computer and other connected devices.

How to use Dropbox to backup photos to the cloud?

Dropbox can automatically upload and back up your photos to the cloud by copying them from your mobile device or camera to the Dropbox folder. With the download function from the camera turned on, all photos or videos from your mobile device will be duplicated to your Dropbox account (Dropbox Basic users must install the program for the computer). You can also back up your existing photos in the cloud by uploading them to your Dropbox account.