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stoanee January 12, 2012 05:38 PM

Storage & backup options
Well, I'll be the first to admit I have been very lax in backing up data on my computers. A couple of things have spurred me on to do a better job with it. First, my computer at work shat itself and needed to be re-imaged, losing some of my documents and diagrams in the process....:blarg: I harassed the IT people stating that my home computers never had these problems, so karma kicked in and the hard drive on my wife's computer locked up ( damn you Seagate!). I have yet to successfully recover the images and documents she lost.....:blarg::doh:

I gutted her rig and gave her shiny new components instead of my hand me downs and now I would like to solicit the gurus here on a backup & storage strategy. We have a Vantec enclosure with a Seagate hdd in it, *shudder* but I am wondering what other options there are. I hear everyone talking about "home servers" but I have no clue if I need something like that, I do not have terabytes to back up. My needs are quite simple, but my wife is taking a business course so she needs to retain her data. I have two laptops and three desktops, and could build a server with the guts from my wife's last computer. All ideas and advice are welcome and appreciated.

chrisk January 12, 2012 05:52 PM

Use one of your folding rigs as a storage server? My folding rig has a couple of WD greens in it that I have network shares on.

3.0charlie January 12, 2012 06:05 PM

Server = Raid setup. Back-up = multiple save locations. Raid does NOT equal back-up. I know. I've been caught by that.

You don't need that much storage space? 2 solutions:

1. Add a second HDD in 1 computer, make it a share for all and everyone backs up on that specific HDD. This means they also save on their primary HDD (local).
2. Build a server, with a Raid card set up for Raid 5, with 4 500Gb HDDs (viva Samsung). This will give you a level of protection and 1.5Tb of storage space. Now users can save directly to this array.

But. With either solutions you need a back-up. You buy an external, USB HDD (if you trust your Seagate, go for it), and manually back up the data monthly. Store the HDD in a safe, dry place.

I use solution #2 with 7 Sammys in Raid 6 (with a hot spare), and back-up on a USB3 WD 2Tb monthly.

Chris January 14, 2012 07:58 AM

I crashed my computer 2 says ago, while playing with the partitions. Lost WIN7/Linux debian installations and files. Fortunately, I had backed them up to my external Vantec with WD Green 1.5G. I used free imaging Linux software, clonzilla, and it backed up both NTFS and Linux extfs partitions. These are image backups, so you cannot read them, only used for recovery. For day to day use, I use rsync to back up my files (just files like docs, photos, music files, etc) which is convenient if I accidentally deleted a file. rsync gives you incremental backup which is fast, and you can actually read the contents. These 2 software are included in a very convenient Parted Magic package.

Shadowmeph January 14, 2012 10:15 AM


Originally Posted by chrisk (Post 589679)
Use one of your folding rigs as a storage server? My folding rig has a couple of WD greens in it that I have network shares on.

I am interested in how you set this up , is it a scheduled backup ?
I am currently using my main PC with a spare drive and ease us to backup my main PC but it only supports windows but it does have a scheduler, I would rather have it abale to back up both my folder and mya main pc but have know idea on how to do this.

Oh man oops sorry I kind of stole this

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Chris February 1, 2012 12:18 PM

Sound good. But, what happens when it goes belly up?

enaberif February 1, 2012 12:30 PM

This is something I plan to do as well.. but I plan to actually invest into a RAID card with capacity expansion abilities so that I can start small and work bigger.

musicman February 1, 2012 12:40 PM

depending on your budget you may want to just build a good server and set up a LAN for you home

supaflyx3 February 1, 2012 12:48 PM

HPCS once they go live? I would pay some coin for my own private server on a fast connection for backups :P

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