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


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What Do You Use as Your Main Backup Device?

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#61 Axel

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 18:00

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.

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#62 Orange Battery

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 18:05

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.

#63 arlen2411

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 18:07

external hard drive is the best solution i think

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 18:07

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

#65 xdot.tk

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 18:14

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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Posted 15 December 2012 - 18:17

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.

#67 xdot.tk

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 18:18

You'd be surprised.

#68 Damien

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 19:08

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

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 19:20

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.

#70 Glassed Silver

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 19:37

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...

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#71 Arkos Reed

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 19:41

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

#72 Detection

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 19:48

Wow, we're VERY different.
Or you just don't have any valuable data. :p

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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

#73 ajua

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 20:18

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.