Best of Both Worlds: Connecting AetherStore’s Onsite Backup Capabilities to Your Cloud Backup Solution – part 4

A cloud copy ensures you can access your data from anywhere with an internet connection, while your local copy in AetherStore guarantees fast and easy access even without one.

If you’ve ever taken a look at AetherStore’s pricing structure, you likely would have noticed that we offer a permanent free-tier that allows users up to 25GB of storage just for signing up for our product.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many cloud backup solutions that offer this kind of freemium pricing structure, as most will offer a limited-day trial instead. These trials generally last around 7 to 30 days, which for most cases isn’t enough time to really experience and appreciate the utlity of cloud-backup services.

Thankfully, with IDrive, you have a permanent 5GB freemium tier that you can test the waters with. Admittedly it isn’t huge, but not everyone needs a huge cloud storage solution, and combined with AetherStore’s permanent free-tier, you have an indefinite amount of time to experiment with the 3-2-1 backup strategy before committing to a bigger decision. Below, I’ve outlined the steps to connecting AetherStore with IDrive so you can give the 3-2-1 backup plan a try if you haven’t gotten your feet wet yet.

Connecting AetherStore & IDrive:

1. Copy your important files into AetherStore

I already have my AetherStore set up, with all the files I need backed up sitting in there. Go ahead and do the same if you haven’t done so already. If you need help setting up your AetherStore, check out Shannon’s guide here.

2. Change IDrive’s Backup Location

Install IDrive and run it. You’ll need to add a new location to backup, do so by clicking the ‘Change’ button.

3. Set AetherStore as your Backup Location

In the next window, select AetherStore as the backup location, then click ‘Ok’.

4. Start the backup process

Now that you’ve set AetherStore as your backup location, click ‘Start Backup Immediately’ whenever you’re ready to proceed with your backups.


If you already happen to be a user of IDrive, note that the process can also go in reverse and is just as easy. You can restore the backup files you already have in your IDrive directly into AetherStore, giving you encrypted, redundant, and self-replicating local copies of your backups.

1. Change IDrive’s Restore Location

Open up IDrive and click the ‘Restore’ tab. You will be able to select the files that you want to restore to your machine. Afterwards, you’ll need to set your restore location. For me, the default location was set to My Documents, but you can change this by clicking the location the orange arrow is pointing at in the picture below.

2. Set AetherStore as your Restore Location

In the next window, select AetherStore as the restore location, and press ‘Ok’.

3. Start the restore process

Press the ‘Restore Now’ button to start the restore process.

Pretty simple, huh? You’ve now successfully linked AetherStore and IDrive, giving you a setup that satisfies the 3-2-1 backup strategy criteria.

Best of Both Worlds: Connecting AetherStore’s Onsite Backup Capabilities to Your Cloud Backup Solution – part 3

A cloud copy ensures you can access your data from anywhere with an internet connection, while your local copy in AetherStore guarantees fast and easy access even without one.

Till now, we’ve only been covering cloud backup software in our “Best of Both Worlds” series. For this post, we’ll be changing things up a bit to take a look at SyncBackPro, a popular backup and sync-tool with a variety of useful features.

Unlike Carbonite or CrashPlan, SyncBackPro doesn’t come with any cloud storage by default, so you’ll have to find other means of cloud storage to connect with. Instead, SyncBackPro’s strengths come from its flexibility and its ability to consolidate different types of storage, local or cloud, thereby increasing utility and ease-of-access. You can even set it to make use of Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive as your Cloud backup locations, allowing the usefulness of these services to stretch beyond just their conventional use cases.

That being said, for my setup I was able to link my AetherStore to both my Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive with beautiful results. Backups worked flawlessly and quickly, and the whole setup was very flexible, allowing me to schedule backups whenever I wanted, as well as giving me the freedom to choose which files I wanted to back up specifically. For users who don’t have a huge amount of files to backup, I imagine this method may be a very reasonable one, given that both Google and Microsoft offer free-level tiers to their cloud storage products, unlike Carbonite or CrashPlan.

Without further ado, here is how you can use SyncBackPro to connect AetherStore with Google Drive. The steps are pretty much the exact same if you’d rather use Microsoft OneDrive instead.

Connecting AetherStore & SyncBackPro:

As per usual, you’ll see that I already have my AetherStore set up with my most important files already sitting in there. If you haven’t gotten around to it yet, go ahead and do the same.

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1. Create a new backup profile

Install SyncBackPro and run it. You’ll need to set up a new backup profile. You can do so by pressing the ‘New’ button on the bottom left.

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2. Name your profile

Give your new profile a name. I called mine AetherStore. Press ‘Next’.

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3. Select Source and Destination type

The ‘Source’ dropdown should be set to internal/external drive. For the ‘Destination’, choose the appropriate destination type. I chose Google Drive fo rthis demo, but really you can use a large number of other Cloud storage providers as well.

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4. Authorize

Press the ‘Authorize’ button.

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5. Authorize SyncBackPro within Google

You will be taken to a Google authorization page. Press ‘Allow’.

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6. Copy Code

You’ll be provided with a length code. Copy this code to your clipboard.

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7. Paste code into SyncBackPro

Now go back to SyncBackPro, and paste the code into the dialog box, and press ‘Ok’.

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8. Select source path

In the next window, select the Source path as your AetherStore, then press ‘Ok’.

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9. Run the backup

You’ll see that the profile you just created will now show up on the SyncBackPro list of profiles. To run the backup, press ‘Run’ below.

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10. Select backup files

In the next window, you’ll be able to specify which files you want to backup. Everything will be selected by default. When you’re ready to proceed, press ‘Continue Run’.

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11. Complete backup

And you’re set! Your files in AetherStore are now being backed up to your Google Drive.

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Simple, isn’t it? The files in your AetherStore are now backed up to your Google Drive. Rest assured that you’ve applied the 3-2-1 backup strategy to your most important files now!

Best of Both Worlds: Connecting AetherStore’s Onsite Backup Capabilities to Your Cloud Backup Solution – part 2

A cloud copy ensures you can access your data from anywhere with an internet connection, while your local copy in AetherStore guarantees fast and easy access even without one.

Welcome back to the second part of our “Best of Both Worlds” series. In the previous post of our series, we covered why the 3-2-1 backup strategy is a good idea, as well as how to combine AetherStore with Carbonite to conform to the 3-2-1 backup strategy. In this post, I’ll be demonstrating how we can connect to another major player in the cloud-backup industry: CrashPlan.

CrashPlan comes with a number of robust backup features, one of which is CrashPlan Central, CrashPlan’s online backup destination. CrashPlan and AetherStore work together seamlessly, with AetherStore taking care of local-backups and CrashPlan Central filling the online-backup role of a 3-2-1 backup strategy. Below, you can read about how you can set up CrashPlan to work with AetherStore.

Connecting AetherStore & CrashPlan:

As you can see, I still have my old AetherStore deployment up and running from my previous guide. If you need help setting up a Store, check out Shannon’s guide here.

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1. Copy your important files into AetherStore

My Store already contains all the files that I want backed up. If yours doesn’t already, be sure to move your important files into your Store first.

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2. Change CrashPlan’s backup location

If you haven’t done so yet, go ahead and install and run CrashPlan. We’ll need to change the backup location on CrashPlan. You can do so by going to the Backup tab and pressing the ‘Change’ button.

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3. Set AetherStore as the primary backup location

You’ll see a list of drives that you can set as your primary backup location. Select AetherStore, then save.

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4. Start the backup process

Press the gray ‘Play’ button near the top-right corner of CrashPlan to start your backup process.

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AetherStore can also work as an add-on to your existing CrashPlan setup. If you already have your files backed up into CrashPlan Central, you can restore the backup directly into AetherStore so that you’ll have encrypted, redundant, and self-replicating copies of your files locally as well now. Here’s how:

1. Change CrashPlan’s restore location

Open up CrashPlan and click the Restore tab.  From there, select all the files that you want to restore, then manually set the restore location. By default, the restore location should be set as your Desktop. You can change it by clicking the location the orange arrow is pointing at in the picture below.

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2. Set AetherStore as the restore location

You’ll see a list of drives that you can set as your restore location. Select AetherStore, then save.

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3. Start the restore process

Press the ‘Restore’ button to start the restore process.

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And that’s it! You now have a redundant self-healing drive that regularly makes backups of itself in the Cloud.

Best of Both Worlds: Connecting AetherStore’s Onsite Backup Capabilities to Your Cloud Backup Solution

local-cloudA cloud copy ensures you can access your data from anywhere with an internet connection, while your local copy in AetherStore guarantees fast and easy access even without one.

As a worker in the industry, I usually spend more time in front of the computer than anywhere else given an average day. As a result, I’ve inadvertently ended up hoarding all kinds of precious and unique information in digital form – years’ worth of work, legal documents, personal info, and cat pictures – all priceless and irreplaceable.

I try to be mindful and perform my due diligence to keep backups of my most sensitive information in the cloud, but cloud-based backup has its limits too. In Symantec’s survey of over 3,200 companies, 43% have lost data in the cloud at one point, and two-thirds of those organizations failed to retrieve their lost data in following recovery operations.1

The 3-2-1 Backup Rule suggests that the safest way to preserve important data is to keep both onsite and offsite copies of your data. That way, even if your offsite data is compromised, you can always rely on your onsite backup, and vice-versa. Unfortunately, the costs of setting up and maintaining a NAS can sometimes be prohibitively expensive for many small to medium-sized companies, rendering onsite backups an unfeasible or difficult option to pursue.

Many of our users have chosen AetherStore as the onsite component of their 3-2-1 Backup Strategy, and I’ve received a number of requests for instructions on how to integrate ’Store with some popular products & tools. As much as I love responding directly to each email, I figured it’d be best to put out some step-by-step tutorials for each of these requested products so that everyone can get going with AetherStore.

I’m kicking off this series with a tutorial for connecting AetherStore with Carbonite, an industry leader in cloud backup and the product that the most people have asked us about. I’ll be following on with other cloud backup providers (SOS Online Backup, IDrive) as well as freeware backup tools (Amanda Backup, URBackup) and sync tools (odrive, SyncBackPro), to name a few. I’ll continue to add more guides for other products and services as you request them – just PM me on SpiceWorks or email me at ekim@AetherStore.com with your request and I’ll do the hard work for you and pump out some easy instructions! You can download AetherStore 2.0 here.

Connecting AetherStore & Carbonite:

In my original setup, I had Carbonite directly backing up files located in my C drive. You can see from the picture below that I also have my AetherStore drive set up already. If you need help setting up an AetherStore drive, check out Shannon’s post here.

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1. Remove the link between Carbonite and your original backup target

You can un-link your original backup target by Right-clicking the target > ‘Carbonite’ > ‘Dont back this up’.

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2. Move files into your Store

Move any important files that you need backed up directly into AetherStore. This will be your new backup target, so any files you wish to backup in the future must go here as well.

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3. Set your Store as a Carbonite backup target

Right-click on your AetherStore drive > ‘Carbonite’ > ‘Back this up’.

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And that’s it! While AetherStore keeps encrypted, redundant, and self-healing copies of your most important files, Carbonite will be actively uploading those files to the cloud, ensuring both onsite and offsite backups of all your precious data.

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It really is that easy.

Footnotes
1. Avoiding the Hidden Costs of the Cloud