Does Anyone Use Google Drive for Backing Up Articles?

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  1. eugbug profile image96
    eugbugposted 13 months ago

    I save the HTML of articles to my hard drive and also backup onto an external drive, but my second backup is that the files on my hard drive are automatically uploaded to Google Drive. I tried opening the HTML of one today and the first problem is that the HTML file doesn't run off Google Drive so webpages can't be viewed. Apparently they stopped supporting this feature in 2015. So I downloaded the HTML file and the support folder and the next problem is that files are zipped for download. When I try to unzip on my computer, there's an issue with paths being too long and I have to skip them, which screws up the extraction.
    The saved webpages of articles on my hard drive can be loaded and run ok in my browser however.

    1. Misbah786 profile image87
      Misbah786posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Hello Eugene
      I use google drive for back up but the articles are saved as PDF files.
      Bev recommended me to use Opera browser from there we can save PDF version.
      I did in HTML first, it was a total confusion for me
      Blessings to you smile

      1. eugbug profile image96
        eugbugposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        I have tested saving as PDF files, but it seems to screw up photos, splitting lots of them between pages. Also I can't right click and save them or copy to clipboard or zoom them if I ever have to rebuild the articles on another website.

    2. OldRoses profile image96
      OldRosesposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      I have used Microsoft OneDrive for years to backup my writing and photos.  I have never had a problem with it.

    3. Angel198625 profile image90
      Angel198625posted 12 months agoin reply to this

      I write everything in Google Docs first. Back in September, my account was accidentally deleted. They restored my account after realizing the error, but in that time period in between, I had no access to the articles. I like knowing that if something ever happens again, all of my articles are still saved perfectly in my Google Drive.

  2. eugbug profile image96
    eugbugposted 13 months ago

    I've figured out what's wrong, but it took until 2 in the morning. Too late now to explain!

    1. Misbah786 profile image87
      Misbah786posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Would love to hear from you soon
      Blessings smile

  3. PaulGoodman67 profile image95
    PaulGoodman67posted 13 months ago

    No, I don't, but it sounds like a good idea!

  4. Venkatachari M profile image61
    Venkatachari Mposted 13 months ago

    I use both Google Drive and One Drive for backing my stuff. But, I backup only the documents, photos, and videos, etc. I do not save the HP or Blog articles.

  5. eugbug profile image96
    eugbugposted 13 months ago

    I sorted out the path problem. Apparently there's a default 256 character limit in Windows. When an article is saved, a HTML file is created with a HTML extension and a file name the same as the article title (with hyphens between words). A folder is also created with all the auxiliary files such as thumbnails, full sized images and Javascript files. So this uploads automatically to Google Drive when I save or resave an article because I have my Windows Documents folder monitored. When I download the file and folder from Google Drive, It makes a zip file with the name of the folder/file with extra numbers appended to the end (I haven't checked, but possibly the date and time). When I save this on my desktop and open the file to extract, I was choosing "Extract All", so Windows was first creating a folder with a name the same as the name as the zip file on my desktop (which was long enough already) and then attempting to extract the article HTML file and support folder into that. So basically the path for files was ending up over double the title name for some files and that was flashing up a "Path too long" error. Choosing the folder for extracting to rectified the problem
    On the subject of saving HTM files for articles, it's a good idea to turn off ads first using your ad blocker. I've found that if a page is waiting for ads, sometimes it doesn't download article content fully and what's saved may not be complete. Also a saved page may display ads on top of content so it can't be read. Images are only downloaded as necessary as a page is scrolled, so not all of them together. So you need to scroll to the end before saving.

  6. theraggededge profile image97
    theraggededgeposted 13 months ago

    DropBox. I have 2 terabytes of storage which I can share with family members (esp my son in Australia). There's bunch of family folders we can all access to share pics and interesting stuff.

    Everything is backed up, including my writing projects (via Scrivener), copies of published articles, art, e-books (over 4k of them) c-drive and phone photos which are automatically uploaded within seconds.

    Each time a file is changed on my laptop, it is updated immediately.

    I often mislay things but never lose them big_smile

    1. lobobrandon profile image88
      lobobrandonposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Also a dropbox user. But I need to begin backing up my work here.

      1. theraggededge profile image97
        theraggededgeposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        I was looking at my DB account and even though my whole digital life from the last 20 years is in it, I'm only using 11.51% of total allowance big_smile

        1. lobobrandon profile image88
          lobobrandonposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          Oh wow, lucky you haha. I have maxed out my DB account on multiple occasions due to large files of some project work. I then transfer things to an external HD once there are no more changes, at least no changes in the short term.

          Do you save a new copy every time you edit an article or do you find it better to do it say once a quarter or yearly.

          1. theraggededge profile image97
            theraggededgeposted 13 months agoin reply to this

            Periodically. Maybe once or twice a year I go through the whole lot and resave them. The original text will be in a different folder - somewhere big_smile

            1. lobobrandon profile image88
              lobobrandonposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              Cool. That seems like a good idea.

        2. MizBejabbers profile image86
          MizBejabbersposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          Do you have a free or a paid account? Mine is a free account that they keep claiming is full.

          1. theraggededge profile image97
            theraggededgeposted 13 months agoin reply to this

            Paid. I have a Family Plan, so four of us share it (three in the UK; one in Australia).

            It's easy to fill up a free account; they are teeny. We have two terabytes between us.

            https://www.dropbox.com/en_GB/family

      2. MizBejabbers profile image86
        MizBejabbersposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Me, too. I keep getting notices that my Dropbox is full. I go in and delete, but they still complain.

  7. Miebakagh57 profile image71
    Miebakagh57posted 13 months ago

    My system once prompted me to try DB to sent out large files(videos) via, email. Thereafter, I've not use it till date.                                                                I'll give it a try again viz backing up documents, photos, etc.

  8. eugbug profile image96
    eugbugposted 13 months ago

    Is there multiple redundancy built into these cloud storage systems? For instance if a natural disaster or terrorist attack takes out a data centre, is our data stored in lots of other places? Usually I think they're located in politically stable countries in regions where natural disasters aren't commonplace, but there's always the unexpected.

    1. Miebakagh57 profile image71
      Miebakagh57posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      This sounds more of a reasonable question. Thanks for pointing it out to the forum.

    2. theraggededge profile image97
      theraggededgeposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Didn't see this. With Dropbox, you can choose to keep your content on your hard drive as well as in the cloud. I do a bit of both. All my big files like videos and back-ups are in the cloud only; important docs are also on my computer. I used to let it all back up to my daughter's laptop too. Nothing like being sure big_smile

      I would guess that the cloud data is mirrored on several servers.

      1. Miebakagh57 profile image71
        Miebakagh57posted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Bev, I repeat after you: nothing like being sure. It's a better idea to have one's files in three locations.

  9. ziyena profile image94
    ziyenaposted 12 months ago

    Yes

 
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