Most Mac users have far too many files to utilize an online cloud storage service as a primary backup. It’s just difficult and time consuming for the average Mac user to upload and sync hundreds of gigabytes of photos, movies, music, and documents.
Though I backup all my Mac files on multiple disks, I have more than my share of highly valued documents that I store online using Amazon S3, the online service with massive storage capability that’s modestly priced. In fact, pricing and dependability are such that I store all the graphics and photos on Amazon S3 from the dozens of websites I manage.
How do you get files uploaded to Amazon S3? First, you’ll need an Amazon account. Then you’ll need an app that makes it easy to log into Amazon to upload and download files. A web browser works, but the interface, as is typical with web interfaces, is cumbersome and clunky.
I’ve used a number of Mac apps through the years to manage files on Amazon, including Transmit, CyberDuck, and other standard FTP/sFTP file transfer apps. If you’re on a budget, though, you might like Buckets.
Buckets is the term Amazon uses for folders, and the Buckets app logs into Amazon and lets you create new buckets, uploaded files to buckets, and download files back to your Mac. It’s all drag and drop in a simple interface.
You’ll need your Amazon S3 account information (access keys), but Bucket remembers those after the setup.
Then all you need to do is use Buckets to create buckets (which work like folders) on Amazon’s S3 account, then drag and drop files from your Mac to the buckets you want. Buckets is inexpensive and it’s mostly a manual operation.
If you prefer to automate the uploading process, I recommend that you take a look at Arq, which uploads files from your Mac to Amazon S3 automatically, in the background.