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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:41 pm    Post subject: Backing up our home data storage (NAS) - Cloud storage? Reply with quote

We've put our whole life onto a home server (Seagate 2Tb), Network Attached Storage.

Realising we're now vulnerable to potentially lose everything in the event of failure, we need to back-up our back-up!

I was planning on just buying another NAS and copying over 1Tb of photos/videos etc. across, but ideally could do with something that does all the syncing automatically as we upload photos and things.

Asking in PC World, the young lad suggested, instead, that cloud back-up was far better for all the obvious reasons. Although I'm a little nervous about putting my life on the cloud and potentially open to anyone bored enough, or a nosy Government (Sloggers?!) sneaking a peak, it does make some sense.

PC World offer 2Tb at 60 for 5 years, which seems a reasonable deal.

Anyone any advice/alternatives/suggestions?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't use the cloud. Just because you're storing it on someone else's machine and it's out of your control as to what happens with it. I'd get another NAS. I have two, one is on the shelf above the PC in plain sight and the other is hidden in the cupboard under the stairs. Both are RAID.

I read a report from Google about hard drives, it basically said they either fail when they're almost new or last a very long time indeed. It's laptop HD's that fail because of the bashing they take.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyS.. wrote:
I wouldn't use the cloud. Just because you're storing it on someone else's machine and it's out of your control as to what happens with it. I'd get another NAS. I have two, one is on the shelf above the PC in plain sight and the other is hidden in the cupboard under the stairs. Both are RAID.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have your local seagate as your backup, and cloud storage as your online.

Cloud benefits are primarily around availability.

I would also add an archiving device.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cloud backups take way too long at home. I have one NAS and two small portable HDDs which live in the safe and are backups every few months or do.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GrahamO wrote:
Cloud backups take way too long at home. I have one NAS and two small portable HDDs which live in the safe and are backups every few months or do.


If you have a trusted relative with a decent internet connection you could ask them to host a NAS drive for you? Password protect it (obviously) and you have a simple and cheap offsite backup. You could host one for them in return.

The key bit about using cloud is that it is offsite, i.e. if your house burns down/floods it doesn't matter how many copies of the data you have, if they're all in your house you could lost the lot.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Data syncs are incremental by nature - you take a few photos with your camera or you update only one Word doc at a time. It's absolutely fine to sync to the cloud day-to-day, although the initial push can take a while.

I've stopped doing machine backups. All the data is on the cloud and if my machine fails catastrophically it's less trouble to reinstall on a new HD or new machine, than it is to manage machine backups.
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