jumping into the requirements of moving to the cloud. Well, of course the most obvious first:
What do you want to move to the cloud?
All, mails, a bunch of files, Pictures, only Family stuff, Business, or the obvious you want to share with everybody?
I’m not interested in what you want to push over, but you should know how to structure it best, or better how to structure it at all, first, before you do anything with it.
Know your data!
Structure your data!
At least into: Highly sensible (Account-data, Codes), sensible (accounting, tax, insurance, licenses), important (whatever documents, contacts, rare key personal photos, Video, your 1 Special song, work-files), big media (all music, photos, Video, tv-captures), stuff (whatever you have that’s important for you, but won’t kill your sex life if you may lose it).
Now backup your data. Specifically backup Highly sensible, sensible, important data; not yet: big media and stuff.
Done it? OK, does your backup fit into 20GB? No, please re-structure. By any average or prosumer needs, you should not end up with more than 20GB of key stuff.
Now you can back up big media and stuff to whatever back-media you use. For mid-term storage, not very used hard disks (< 2 year on your main PC; USB, SATA) are fine. But store them enclosed externally on your shelf near your floor (avoid dusty, magnetic areas, PSU-cables, getting them wet). CDs, DVDs, have to be stored enclosed to avoid any light/sun entry; their data can degrade rather quickly under the sun.
Any more advanced local backup system user, please allow me to ignore you, as I assume you know better how to deal with these things, than what I’m describing here in a pretty summarized way.
Now, as I don’t want to hear you cry that you can’t recover lost data, because of any mistake you made, you thought being motivated by any of my suggestions, lets safe our back: add your backup application to your backup, all the drives or make it available to boot on a bootable USB, CD, DVD, hard disk together with 2 more things:
– a bootable OS: Linux, ubuntu, Win-safety-disks, … The Backup-Application usually has a suggested procedure to create such a boot/safety/recovery disk. Please follow those and create such disk/medium.
– spinRite (grc.com), disk-shaper, recovery-tool. very old-school, but still the best around to recover your lost data, where any possible and refresh and maintain your drives. Pay once get support a life-time policy. It comes with its own Boot-media preparation procedure, too.
I won’t explain how to recover any lost data here, there are plenty of better articles on the net, that can explain you in detail what to be done and why. Consider getting familiar with Steve Gibson’s approach on grc.com.
I will not ask you to delete any of your data from anywhere, less from your local drive. This is all subject to your responsibility. I just made sure, that all you do is structure and backup your data, as you should do anyway, as a responsible person.
I wanted to be able to use any kind of Linux, mac, Wintel (Windows on Intel) machine for any kind of real work and any kind of advanced Smartphone or Tablet (Windows Phone 8, iOS, Android 4) or just a Web browser in a café (with extra safety precautions) to access my data securely.
I own a Windows 8 Desktop, run a company Windows 7 notebook (no admin access), use an iPhone 4, own an iPad 3, and run Ubuntu 12.x on the company notebook via external bootable USB drive. This is the environment I’ll use/describe for and I’ll try to look into mac, Windows 8 phone and android compatibility of my suggestions by looking for availability of the tools under those environments, without testing.
In the end, I believe you should be able to do most of it under a Google Chrome OS, too with or without a Linux partition on the same device (i.e. current super-gadget the Chrome Pixel).
I’ll check for Chrome Browser support, too.