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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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Skydrive ftw.

I also have some hdd's laying around, but I appreciate cloud because my biggest fear is something happening to my house in which case a NAS / DVD / HDD copy at home wouldn't fix that..

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!

SKydrive apps work fairly well and there are a few dozen 3rd party apps that are designed for backup solutions.

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Personally, I use Skydrive only to sync files between remote machines, not as backup. They have a sketchy history when it comes to file scanning and account lockout, ask Tom Warren.. :p

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For music > all of my music is uploaded to google play music online > My Music Collection is store on a 1TB HD and is backed up on another 1TB HD.

For Pictures > All mobile pics are backed up on dropbox > All pictures on computer are backed up on a 1 TB HD.

For Docs > All docs are stored on Dropbox

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I have a 12TB Raid 50, and a Mirror 2TB, haven't gone to Cloud yet, but im tempted. Not sure what service would be considered the best at this point for windows intergration and syncing, etc. I would need at least 2tb offsite somewhere. :-/

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I also backup my D drive to the cloud.

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House fire/theft?

Which is why I also bought 2 2TB hard drives, that get rotated monthly. One stays in my house, one goes in my safety deposit box. A Sata dock makes it easy to backup to the drives.

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Backup? What's a backup ? :rofl:

I live on the belief that a few tears after a loss is better than duplicating hardware I already have when I can spend the money on improving the hardware instead :p

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I backup pix to dvd. Personal files and pix are backed up to multiple computers around the house.

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Backup? What's a backup ? :rofl:

I live on the belief that a few tears after a loss is better than duplicating hardware I already have when I can spend the money on improving the hardware instead :p

U Funny! Sense of humor this one!

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U Funny! Sense of humor this one!

:D I try, I can only dream to come anywhere close to you in sense of humour though :p

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Crashplan as a headless install on my linux box for online backup and an external hard drive too. It's all automated. I'd not consider either one a MAIN backup solution.

Offsite+Onsite keeps my mind at ease :)

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Right now I backup to external drive and also to DVD. I want to move away from DVD next year because they are so small. Im thinking of buying a 3TB external drive which I can move all my DVD backups onto and then continue to let it grow.

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external hard drive is the best solution i think

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i use a combination of cloud for some things and external HDD for other things

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Many people are under the impression that putting things on an external is a backup. It's not. You must also keep a copy on your PC's hard drive.

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Many people are under the impression that putting things on an external is a backup. It's not. You must also keep a copy on your PC's hard drive.

I would think most people here keep stuff on more than one hardrive. The topic title is regarding backups.

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In this order: Laptop, External HDD, FlashDrive (Most used docs) and finally Cloud.

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You'd be surprised.

I have had customers tell me they bought an external drive backed their photos up onto that, and removed them from the computer.

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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

So only insecure filesystems...

Hmmm, hardware-wise you're everything but failure-proof.

Ever heard of bitrot?

I'd suggest ZFS, one of the few filesystems one can actually trust.

Backup? What's a backup ? :rofl:

I live on the belief that a few tears after a loss is better than duplicating hardware I already have when I can spend the money on improving the hardware instead :p

Wow, we're VERY different.

Or you just don't have any valuable data. :p

Many people are under the impression that putting things on an external is a backup. It's not. You must also keep a copy on your PC's hard drive.

Haha, those fools...

I would think most people here keep stuff on more than one hardrive. The topic title is regarding backups.

Indeed.

You'd be surprised.

Nah, human stupidity is endless. No surprises here anymore.

However on a tech forum I guess the amount of people who consider external-only a backup would be much lower than amongst Average Joes...

Glassed Silver:mac

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I hear ya on the bitrot issue, however, to counteract it, I have forced weekly consistency checks on the data written to my raid arrays

Edit: I'm mainly a windows/intel guy at home, so zfs isn't really an option

And every time the server is rebooted, a check is triggered by the controller

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Wow, we're VERY different.

Or you just don't have any valuable data. :p

Glassed Silver:mac

I have some photos, and a collection of files I use for repair, a load of drivers etc etc, but nothing I couldn't re-scan / download again really, it would be a major PITA but not worthy of a backup drive really

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I use a 2TB internal HDD for backup within my main desktop computer but I also sync the most important stuff to a 3TB external drive regularly.

In addition to that, I always keep 1TB external drive with my personal stuff.

Synchronizing and backing up with Syncovery is great and is not expensive. This is the software I'm using.

I have planned to add a home server in 2013 to move all my internal backup data to it.

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