Online photo storage solution using JungleDisk and Amazon's S3

After my trials and tribulations with Western Digital MyBook external drives, yes that’s plural, I started looking around for alternative storage solutions and decided to go the route of “cloud” storage.

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I’m now running JungleDisk which is a Windows Tray application using Amazon’s S3 service for storage. JungleDisk is $20 (one time purchase with free lifetime upgrades) for the Desktop Edition that I’m using, includes Windows/Mac/Linux versions, can easily run from a USB key and can be installed on unlimited machines with one S3 account. JungleDisk is a Windows tray application that, when installed and connected to S3, adds a new drive to Explorer where you can easily copy files like you normally would albeit slower and at a price. It took me a few weeks worth of uploading batches of photos at a time but eventually I got all ~65GB uploaded. I’m now paying roughly $10-$11 USD a month for storage of said of photo’s.

JungleDisk Monitor, the software that runs in your Windows tray, comes with backup features that will automatically synchronize your local files with your S3 account though some of the terminology is a bit terse and the UI isn’t exactly parent friendly but it certainly gets the job done.

[Update: Oct. 21, 2008] Added a few more details about JungleDisk (cost etc.)

5 thoughts on “Online photo storage solution using JungleDisk and Amazon's S3

  1. I’ve just started using Dropbox (www.getdropbox.com). It has clients for Mac/Linux/Windows and you get 2GB free to start w/ and the ability to upgrade to a 50GB for $10/month. It too is a wrapper around S3.
    What I like about drop box is the ability to share some files via a public folder. Additionally they version your data, so it’s a nice way to share projects between friends.

  2. Hey Chuck,
    Thanks for the comment. The cost for Flickr is certainly enticing though they don’t support RAW files nor can you backup any arbitrary files its only photos. As you can see from the screenshot above I have a number of other folders on my JungleDisk account storing a variety of file types.

  3. Hey Steve,
    If something happens to JungleDisk, are there any provisions that would allow you to get access to your data directly from Amazon S3? I doubt that S3 would disappear anytime in the near future, but you would never know about a S3 reseller.

  4. Hi Chris,
    There is an Open Source C# API provided for access to files stored on S3 via JungleDisk. I downloaded from the JungleDisk website though I haven’t really played with it beyond returning a list of files. Your point is valid though if the current software I have continues to work (and I can’t see why it wouldn’t) I would at least have the ability to move my files elsewhere. Additionally, you can get access to the files on S3 they just aren’t organized with nice folders and filenames as S3 doesn’t really have that concept rather it’s part of what JD provides.

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