Can I Recover Data From Local Drive Straight To An Online Storage?

  1.    06 Jan 2017 #1

    Can I Recover Data From Local Drive Straight To An Online Storage?

    Is it possible to recover data from my local drive to an online storage like iDrive, iCloud or OneDrive?
    I have a 3T external hard drive with about 2.2T of data to recover and I do not have a drive that would hold all the recovered data. I have spaces here and there and none is evern up to 1T. If I can split the recovered date, I wold be able to.

    This is where I am asking if it is possible to recover data stright to an online storage, temporarily for a few days?

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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       06 Jan 2017 #2

    Yes. Cloud storage doesn't really care where on your device or your network the data resides.

    Connect your device to your computer and upload it to your chosen destination.

    Now most of those services give up 5GB for free and you have 2.2 TB so it is going to cost. Next you have to consider the amount of data you need to move in terms of how fast you can upload and what is your monthly data cap.

    You can check out this calcualtor

    Download Time Calculator | File Transfer Time | Data Transfer Speed

    With my service I get 1/10 of my download so 10Mbps. 2.2TB will take 22 days and 9 hours and I would recommend you connect with a wire. Now some of you lucky folks in the US have fiber and matching up / download speeds. The 2.2 TB will count against data cap, yours could be unlimited.
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  3.    06 Jan 2017 #3

    Its simpler and probably cheaper to just but another drive and use that to back that up to the cloud will take forever and the same to recover it. If your going for the cloud it would be better to zip or rar lots of the files first less time uploading and less space needed maybe 50%
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  4.    06 Jan 2017 #4

    Well said, Samuria: as I read this post over and its first reply, I remember thinking "Does the OP mean: 'Can disk recovery programs target cloud storage as the destination for their output?'" You are absolutely correct to observe that this will be slow and subject to all kinds of possible limitations. Your counter-suggestion: buy a new or use another drive, and let the software handle things locally is what I also thought was indicated. This approach makes the most sense for the reasons you outlined, and also because it's not clear based on my experience with MiniTool Power Data Recovery and TestDisk that recovering into the cloud will work at all, or work well, with cloud storage targets such as OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, and so forth.
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  5.    06 Jan 2017 #5

    I vote with Samuria and EdT -- purchase a usb ext HD large enough to hold a compressed full image of your data folders and files.
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