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Re: How do you back up your data?
« Reply #50 on: August 20, 2015, 04:58:01 PM »
Synology has a pretty good reputation. As does QNAP. There's also Thecus, Drobo, and a few others out there. You just need to be wary that these devices have had a history of exploits (Synolocker, Ransomware, etc), and there are could be more moving forward... for the most part, as long as you don't open them up to the internet (for remote access, etc) and keep them patched, you should be OK though.
I'll keep that in mind. Ah, I've heard of Drobo before; guess I was wrong.

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Re: How do you back up your data?
« Reply #51 on: August 20, 2015, 05:04:40 PM »
Apparent Luddite here:

4GB DVD,
offsite storage = my Mom's house (everything) and/or safe deposit box  (key personal/tax stuff only)

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Re: How do you back up your data?
« Reply #52 on: August 20, 2015, 05:44:33 PM »
I should look more into setting up NAS system... maybe when I get my own place; I'm not sure that I'd get much utility out of it over manually backing up with a physical USB connection at this point.

It's more for additional redundancy and availability. The NAS itself won't solve the problem completely but adds another layer of availability w/ redundancy (e.g. you can have four disks [or more or less] simultaneously synced up so if one goes down there are still drives that have the data). The purpose is generally to increase 'fault tolerance' and lower complete failure rates. For most people and situations, it's probably a bit overkill but it's mostly about the risk you're willing to tolerate. Buying extra space for backup (and of course using it) is similar to buying insurance in a sense... of course, you could just get a second or third USB drive and figure out a rotation for backing them up (and as someone mentioned, leaving a copy at work and one at home, etc) but it won't be as seamless as with a NAS. The concept and methodology behind backing up to a NAS is a bit different than backing up to 3-4 individual hard drives one-by-one, but they all seek to accomplish the same goal at the end of the day.

If you spend money on the right NAS though (e.g. Synology) you can get some pretty decent quality from it as a streaming media server for movies, recorded tv, etc... the NAS I have by Netgear isn't really intended for that as much as it is just for file storage and backup. But even accessing files on it on a daily basis (from Mac OS) stinks. I think it's a little better in Windows though. As far as data backup is concerned though, it does a good job.

I would warn:  Consumer grade RAIDs are really not all they're advertised to be.   You're just as likely to get multiple failures, especially on very large RAIDs.   When one disk fails and is replace, the rebuild often walks through long unused sectors and triggers multiple failures.  In the consumer grade market, I think RAID generally adds complexity and price with very very little payback in actual recoverability.

Also: remember that RAID is not a backup.  It's redundancy.  If you delete a file, it's gone. 

A real backup plan will give you multiple versions going back, so that one "oops" doesn't torch your entire data set.  It's not that uncommon to have a file where you need 3 or 4 versions back.

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Re: How do you back up your data?
« Reply #53 on: August 21, 2015, 07:52:58 AM »
A real backup plan will give you multiple versions going back, so that one "oops" doesn't torch your entire data set.  It's not that uncommon to have a file where you need 3 or 4 versions back.

Really? I can't think of an instance where this would apply for a home user.

I can see this happening if you run a business or if you work in IT, but home user's files are fairly final.

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Re: How do you back up your data?
« Reply #54 on: August 21, 2015, 10:06:57 AM »
I just bought a Western Digital Passport/external hard drive.  It's easy peasy.  It's "plug and play."  This suits me perfectly and saved my bacon when my hard drive crashed the last time.  We didn't lose anything.

Total cost = $80 (maybe less now on sale)

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Re: How do you back up your data?
« Reply #55 on: August 22, 2015, 10:35:30 PM »
Mac user:

-Flickr for photos. I use an app called Uppr that uploads any images saved in folders I designate. The photos are tagged private by default.
-Box and iCloud for documents. I have 50GB of free Box space as a perk for working in tech years ago.
-Evernote for recipes and random stuff. The free account.
-Spotify for music. The free account.

If my computer was stolen or destroyed I could easily get a new one and have immediate access to the important stuff. I used to use hard drives but they fail too often. Spending money on something that's going to break in a couple of years seems like a waste.

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Re: How do you back up your data?
« Reply #56 on: August 23, 2015, 02:14:13 AM »
If my computer was stolen or destroyed I could easily get a new one and have immediate access to the important stuff. I used to use hard drives but they fail too often. Spending money on something that's going to break in a couple of years seems like a waste.
Failed too often? That's kind of frightening. I tend to stick with portable hard drives since they seem to have lower failure rates when compared to desktop drives.

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Re: How do you back up your data?
« Reply #57 on: August 23, 2015, 03:43:24 PM »
I make Ghost images to external USB drives.  I have a couple of 1T and a 2T, as well as a network drive.  I keep one at work in my locker, another in Mom's safety deposit box.  I keep a thumbdrive with my current desktop and documents in my backpack.  I always have one copy of all my digital life offsite at all times (why there are 2 of them).  So far, so good.  I have images back for many years for all my computers.  I can pull a file from an image with Ghost Explorer.  I'm gonna be sad when this doesn't work anymore (I know it is old technology).  I did have to work and finangle to get an image of my new Win 8 HP laptop as the bios didn't recognize my old boot disks.  Used Rufus and made a new boot sector and all is good again.  I just start the image backup when I head to bed and it is done when I get up.

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Re: How do you back up your data?
« Reply #58 on: August 23, 2015, 09:29:08 PM »
A real backup plan will give you multiple versions going back, so that one "oops" doesn't torch your entire data set.  It's not that uncommon to have a file where you need 3 or 4 versions back.

Really? I can't think of an instance where this would apply for a home user.

I can see this happening if you run a business or if you work in IT, but home user's files are fairly final.

LOL.  I had to fetch config files from a week ago since I posted this -- due to an error in an upgrade.

It doesn't happen often.  But I've done restores going back days/weeks/months for myself or my wife multiple times.