Further to your comment to @Mark -- my "buggy system" magically moved the files/folders while all my devices were powered down and offline at the same moment at 3:43 am one morning (and I was asleep...) -- that is one hell of a bug, practically supernatural.
Ask @Mark if he receives compensation from DB for his "contributions".
I'll check out sync.com
At this point, think I'm going to move away from a sync'ing approach entirely (at least for most secure form of backup) -- my concern is, per experience with dropbox, if the sync'ing service loses stuff, it also gets deleted off of your hard drive without any warning (and with DB, no ability to trace or recover...).
I'm on MAC, and when get resettled (moving soon...), may try a double barrell approach that keeps a sync'ing service running (good for accessing all my current working files from anywhere), and use network assessible storage (a drive connected to network router) to run time machine (which keeps versions back through time). In addition, maybe keep a bootable disk image in a 2nd partition on the same NAS device.
Problem I'm finding is almost all remote discs I've researched appear to have in the range of 10% failure rates; SSDs appear better, but not perfect, lots of stories of them just dying too.
So, whatever my NAS device, will want to see if I can have that backed up to someone's cloud as well...
Just an update on the situation to give what is fair. They did a rollback of the account and the 1066 files that were in there, are back as they were or at least those I checked so far. Helpdesk assisted promptly and for that I am grateful.
I was also informed ( I pass the info as I was given them), that the problem came from the Samsung synch with the Dropbox API.
Apparently, Samsung has released a "deep integration process that doesn't agree well with Dropbox" and Db advises against the auto-synch.
This is a bummer since I have been using the sync for the past 6 years on various Samsung phones without any issues, at the contrary it's proven very useful, besides to backing up pictures that I wouldn't be otherwise bothered to do, when my phone was stolen 3 years back, the auto-synch allowed me and ultimately the police to identify the thief and retrieve my phone.
I'm not a tech, so I have to take the information at face-value, I have deactivated the synch for Dropbox but will install it to another cloud that's not Dropbox.
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Thanks for that.
Like the sound of your approach: belt + suspenders + duct tape.
I'm with you on the RAID5 or equivalent approach -- has occured to me as the only way to hedge against HDD failures (I setup timemachine on my MAC some years ago and external HDD failed within 3 months, poof!)
I'm going to be in Asia/China, so will need to find some cloud service for achiving that I can reliably access...
Thanks for your feedback (and maintaining informed, polite, helpfulness in your posts here).
Absolutely no problem, hopefully my negative experiences can help someone else avoid them!
If you have the skills (and I don't by the way!), the QNAP NAS that I use has the ability to be logged into over a secure VPN while travelling. I had to get someone to set it up for me, but it works a treat on the rare occassion when I'm away from the office (and my dog...) for extended times.
Enjoy the trip as well.
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