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i'm using Dropbox for Backup which means i keep all my files in my Dropbox folder (encrypted using encfs but that should not be relevant). I like this solution because it is automatic and keeps copies of my files on several machines at different locations. The only thing i could see go wrong is that Dropbox has some sort of bug that tells all my machines to delete the files. So currently i do a Backup of the Dropbox folder to an external Harddrive. With Amazon Glacier it seems affordable to automate Backup snapshots of my Dropbox. What i am looking for is a tool that will do this for me - the base case scenario would be that files would go from Dropbox (using their API) directly to Amazon as uploading the ~80GB from my home connection would take forever...

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(I'm the developer of Arq) If you back up to Glacier with Arq, Arq won't delete anything from Glacier. I plan to eventually add a budget feature for Glacier backups where Arq would delete oldest backup versions to stay under a budget you choose, but it wouldn't delete anything that would incur early deletion charges.

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+1 for seemingly having joined Superuser to answer the question related to your tool ;-) –  Florenz Kley Nov 13 '13 at 21:03

Apparently icebox can achieve this: https://www.iceboxpro.com/ (although you have to do some of the amazon glacier setup yourself)

However, be aware of issues around restoring too much data from amazon glaciar, the restore process can get very expensive: https://aws.amazon.com/glacier/faqs/#How_much_data_can_I_retrieve_for_free

Since Icebox depends on your personal AWS account, be aware that you may end up with a large bill if you aren't careful.

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Hmm i know about icebox but my understanding is that it is meant to just archive files in one specifc folder, not the whole Dropbox. –  joekr Nov 28 '12 at 11:44
    
@joekr - Isn't Dropbox design to backup a single folder anyways? My suggestion would be to use some other service like SpiderOak, Carbonite, CrashPlan to perform this function. This general concern was discussed here: superuser.com/questions/193883/… –  Ramhound Nov 28 '12 at 12:57

You can do this with Arq.

I am considering this solution myself. The only question I have not fully answered is whether using glacier for frequently changed files could eventually lead to early deletion charges. My theory is that no, but I would like to see it printed black on white. :)

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I have been working on an application which allows you to archive content out of your dropbox folder and into a Secure Capsule. It's online now in an early beta @ www.securecapsule.com.

The app uses AWS Glacier for storage and provides a web application and dropbox integration for archiving and retrieving files.

It isn't free, though the prices are extremely low, and the price structure is really simple without the possibility of being hit with a big download fee

We have a great team working on Secure Capsule so expect a lot more to come in the next few months.

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