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How Do You All Backup Your Data?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by WuMyster, Feb 10, 2019 at 10:36 PM.

  1. WuMyster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 28, 2012

    Posts: 1,729

    Location: London, UK

    I recently lost a load of photos from a drive that died which I have now sent off to hopefully get recovered.

    Have never backed up my data as all my drives have always given me a little warning to when they die. So how do you all backup your data? To the cloud or into a DAS? Looking to start with either.
  2. andy_mk3


    Joined: Oct 5, 2009

    Posts: 7,804

    Location: Lincolnshire

    I have an unRAID server with a copy of important stuff, which I also have a copy on GDrive (GSuite sub).

    I always have 2 copies at home and on off-site copy of anything I can't afford to lose.
  3. bremen1874


    Joined: Oct 20, 2008

    Posts: 9,432

    Import files are on OneDrive (business) and/or my unRAID server.

    The important stuff on the unRAID server is automatically backed up to CrashPlan.

    I also image the two SSDs in my system to an internal mechanical drive every day. Those images are then copied to the unRAID server (but not CrashPlan because they're too big and change too often for my upload speed).
  4. Rossi~


    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 17,774

    2x Backups.

    1. NAS
    2. External desktop hard drive every now and then and store at work.

    I also use OneDrive.
  5. tonys


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 666

    3 external drives for photos, mp3s and some stuff that I download like drivers or programs
  6. APM

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 9, 2011

    Posts: 1,341

    Location: Wales

    Photos automatically go to Microsofts one drive and the Google auto sync drive or whatever it's called and also copy them over to 2 external HDDs as well.
    Also dropbox.
    So 3 cloud back ups and 2 local,it's not overkill really as it's easy to transfer those files to anyone who uses either MS,Google or Dropbox.
  7. Glanza


    Joined: Mar 13, 2007

    Posts: 9,228

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Cloud backup for most important files / photos. Everything else would be annoying if I were to loose it but nothing major.
  8. Haze

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 10, 2007

    Posts: 2,498

    I have a 2nd drive, and press copy and paste, not to complicated
  9. bimbleuk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 10, 2009

    Posts: 1,368

    Location: Gloucestershire

    QNAP NAS but it also doubles up as a media streaming device as they are quite expensive for a simple backup at home. I also back the NAS up to old desktop drives in a caddie just because I have them and everything else has SSDs now.
  10. SC0TTRS

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 14, 2014

    Posts: 1,579

    Location: The Matrix

    Carryout multiple backups; photos mainly:

    Upload to Google Cloud
    NAS (RAID1), weekly backs up to another NAS(RAID1)
    also back up to external HDD
  11. peige


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,171

    Location: Sussex

    Backed to a separate drive and also use Idrive to cloud it. Used to use crashplan but they went all corporate and priced out the home users.
  12. vanandjuanunited


    Joined: Oct 20, 2005

    Posts: 5,148

    BAcked up to another HDD and cloud
  13. EssexBoy


    Joined: Jun 13, 2013

    Posts: 539

    Location: Essex/East London

    Mirrored server primary backup for everything
    External hdd as backup for server
    photo's also backup to onedrive
  14. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 59,587

    My current setup revolves around a QNAP NAS - I have 2x RAID (for uptime convenience) HDDs in it and an external USB drive that the internal array is realtime replicated to, I also have 2 other USB external HDDs that I rotate using the front copy port to take a weekly (sometimes more like 2-3 weeks) snapshot of the contents to give another level of protection against potential cryptolocker type malware. There is a folder that is backed up to a cloud provider that I use for storing more critical stuff so as to have an off-site copy of anything important.
  15. Firestar_3x


    Joined: Mar 11, 2005

    Posts: 29,000

    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    Main server replicates to backup server which then pushes everything onto LTO 4 tapes.
  16. bloodiedathame


    Joined: May 11, 2007

    Posts: 6,978

    Location: Surrey

    Home photos and videos on Google photos (free unlimited space)
    Music is on Google Music (10k free uploads)
    Documents are on Google Drive
    Work on a drive on my PC and on my Synology, but all final files are uploaded to Vimeo anyway.


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 17,795

    Location: Cambridge, UK

    Microserver Gen8 running XPenology


    Photos also go via CloudSync to Amazon (also on iCloud)
    Don't really have a music library any more as I just "stream" what I want
  18. APM

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 9, 2011

    Posts: 1,341

    Location: Wales

    Music is a different story.
    I remember digitising my vinyl collection,took quite a while so couldn't stand to lose that,lost count of how many copies of that I have but always one to hand.
  19. RetiredIT


    Joined: Jan 21, 2019

    Posts: 5

    I am concerned about both loss of hard disks and data corruption which could come from a ransom virus.
    In terms of disk loss:
    1 - All photographs are stored on 2 local disks
    2 - All photographs are copied onto the cloud
    3 - On an ad hoc basis photographs are written to DVD
    4 - MS file history is used to keep copies of changed files on a 2nd disk
    5 - Bimonthly a full Macrium Reflect image of drive C is taken
    6 - Weekly a differential image of drive C is taken. These images are copied to a second computer and a normally disconnected external disk.
    In terms of corruption:
    1 - A backup disk of Macrium images is kept disconnected and only connected while new images are copied onto it
    2 - On an ad hoc basis selected folders are copied to an external hard disk which is normally kept disconnected.
  20. Rozzy85

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 27, 2008

    Posts: 1,511

    Everyday storage - RAID 1 NAS
    Daily backups - External HDD, FLASH memory or Cloud storage
    Monthly backup or archival - Optical media for small files, LTO Tape for large files (Multiple copies for more important data)