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What Is Your MAIN Backup? Cloud, DVD or HDD?

Backup Solutions   97 members have voted

  1. 1. What Do You Use as Your Main Backup Device?

    • Cloud (SkyDrive, Google etc)
      21
    • Hard Drive / NAS
      67
    • DVD/Bluray (or other similar type of media)
      5
    • Something else not listed (what?)
      4

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1TB + 2 TB External HDD

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Server with a 6TB RAID 5 backed up regularly to separate HDDs stored elsewhere.

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Windows 8 File History to a USB HDD for now. I would like an offsite backup as I worry about loosing my pictures which has happened once before!

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HDD on my server which is mirrored on to the amazing CrashPlan service. Unlimited space plus unlimited versioning so files will never get deleted, even if I delete them - they will always be recoverable.

It's all about reducing the chances of data loss. Chances of HDD failing + CrashPlan failing together are very slim - there is a chance, but very slim.

I may plan to backup to another HDD soon as a just in case.

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Everything goes to external HDD and those extra important things go off to Google Drive, SkyDrive and Dropbox depending on if they're work or personal based.

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Multiple copies on hard drives for my media files, I use robocopy to keep things sync'd up about once a week.

For personal files, Skydrive, it's so useful

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I backup to a 2TB external occasionally, then another copy to BD-R (using a burner I recently bought).

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DVD's!!! derp.

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external HDD (Y)

Glassed Silver:mac

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I know it's naughty, but I only back up my data to one main HD... Though in all fairness, that hard drive changes every couple of years, so it's not like I'm trusting a 10 year old hard drive to keep my precious data safe.... Right now I'm using a 2TB connected to my desktop (which I set up basically as just an interface to transfer files back and forth between computers.... True NAS is a bit more expensive)

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My data fits on a 1.5TB drive, and my VMs fit on a 2TB drive.

I have a pair of each, which are used for weekly backups (using robocopy). Then at the end of each month, I bring the drives to the office and swap them for the pair I left there the month before.

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Files on my workstation (Photos, documents, etc) are backed up daily to the Raid-5 array on my server, and whatever is on my server (add movies, music and VMs into the mix) is backed up weekly on my Qnap TS459 Pro2 NAS, which also has a Raid-5 array.

So yeah, it would take quite a lot for me to loose anything

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I guess it depends. For a lot of small files my main backup is on BOTH cloud and hard drive. For larger files they are on mostly hard drives. Both cloud and HDD backup automatically.

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Files on my workstation (Photos, documents, etc) are backed up daily to the Raid-5 array on my server, and whatever is on my server (add movies, music and VMs into the mix) is backed up weekly on my Qnap TS459 Pro2 NAS, which also has a Raid-5 array.

So yeah, it would take quite a lot for me to loose anything

Not really, unless you use good filesystems.

What do you use?

Glassed Silver:mac

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external hdd

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Not really, unless you use good filesystems.

What do you use?

Glassed Silver:mac

NTFS Everywhere, however the underlying FS for the NAS iSCSI volume is ext4.

Hardware wise, I'm pretty failure-proof

Edit, did I mention I also snapshot my server and workstation system volumes? :D

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A combination of HDD + DVD.

I'd use the cloud fulltime, but my ****ty internet connection prevents me :/

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Considering that SATA 3TB HDD prices nowadays are acceptable, i don't see any advantage storing your data on cloud where data security question still is controversial. Therefore, my vote for using external or internal SATA HDD for your backups.

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SkyDrive and robocopy /mir as a scheduled task to a dedicated 1TB drive on Server 2012 (DFS Snapshot enabled).

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Considering that SATA 3TB HDD prices nowadays are acceptable, i don't see any advantage storing your data on cloud where data security question still is controversial. Therefore, my vote for using external or internal SATA HDD for your backups.

House fire/theft?

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I use a Synology 212+ NAS. It has a Time Machine server built-in for my Macs. My PCs back up to the NAS also, using Genie Timeline backup software. The NAS also has it's own Cloud service built-in, which has replaced Dropbox for me. No more of my personal data sent out to the web where it can possibly get lost/stolen/compromised. Finally, the entire NAS is backed up nightly to an external HD connected to it.

Tim

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House fire/theft?

Still better than give your data to some company which will store them in random country, besides you don't know who can access your data. Yes, you can use something like truecrypt or similar, but anyway i'm not sure that this is worth the bother. Though, i was more speaking about "ordinary home joe" HDD data backup, which main content are some family movies, pictures, some p0rn and game saves, maybe some work docs which copies, anyways scattered around the internet and devices like e-mail, work computer etc.

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I need something new. My HP MediaSmart Server, which I had upgraded to WHS2011 kept crapping out on me so I took it offline. I am thinking about a Windows 2012 Server Essentials box to replace it, but I think I'd rather just do cloud backups. I tried carbonite but... meh. I wish SkyDrive would add a backup solution like that though. Would sign up for that in a second!

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I use SpiderOak as my online backup, which also syncs my documents to my laptop and my Linux install. I also have an external HDD that I back up. I currently have 4 copies of all my important data, plus online access if I need it :).

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