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When trying to backup using deja dup to an FTP server, I find it takes about eight hours to backup what little I have in my home directory. This is a laptop, and so I have only had the time to have it make one complete backup. This worries me and I would like to have it upload faster. Is there some setting I can change to make it go faster? I'm already running low on Ubuntu One space and want cloud backup. Any suggestions?

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Upload speed is usually a small fraction speed of download speed. What is your upload speed? You can go to a site like speedtest.net to check it. –  Tom Brossman Nov 27 '11 at 17:00
    
My upload speed is 0.82 mbps, 11.9 for download. –  William Nov 27 '11 at 20:05
    
You are looking at about 3 hours per Gigabyte backed up at that upload speed. That assumes it stays constant and you aren't using the connection for anything else. More info here: dslreports.com/… –  Tom Brossman Nov 29 '11 at 7:17
    
Could you make this an answer so I can mark this as answer? –  William Dec 14 '11 at 14:45
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  1. Check your upload bandwidth/speed somewhere like Speedtest.net
  2. Calculate your upload time by inputting your total amount of data and your upload speed into a bandwidth calculator, one is here at dslreports.com

You are looking at about 3 hours per Gigabyte backed up at that upload speed. That assumes it stays constant and you aren't using the connection for anything else. I've already entered the values for your connection speed, with one Gigabyte of data, that link is here.

This is a common problem with asynchronous connections like home ADSL. The more data you want to send into the 'cloud', the more this becomes an issue. Some services like Amazon's S3 allow you to mail a hard drive to them so you don't have to spend weeks uploading. It's not cheap though.

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