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...But remember this: next coronal mass ejection, all of your data is beyond screwed.

LOL! If it does happen, we all will be in deep doodoo!
     
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Does crashplan encrypt your files before they are uploaded?
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Does backing up data require an equal amount of storage space?

The reason why I've yet to backup my data is I seem to never have enough storage space (on my desktop)
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There are a couple ways to protect yourself from theft. I heard on a radio commercial for a home security system that those with a system like theirs are three times less likely to be robbed. At first I called crap on it. Then I thought about it. A thief would have no way of knowing whether or not you have a security system until they break in. Therefore, the sign in the yard is the deterrent. So get one of those, get a big dog or two (but they're vulnerable to people with food who scratch their ears), and, if you're American and your state has castle doctrine laws, get a big gun (well, small since you'll need to maneuver it indoors). Instead of getting a safe, if it's a data cluster, you can just hide it behind drywall in a protective case. I personally would have a RAID 5 array of WD Blues and make shadow copies of them and back up irreplaceable files to a pair of 4 TB drives in RAID 1 if I had the cash. That'd be $60 * 3 + $150 * 2 = $480. I have other things to spend half a grand on, thank you very much. But remember this: next coronal mass ejection, all of your data is beyond screwed.

Yup, they do sell "security signs". If alarm system as an initial deterrent fails, the alarm going off itself is another form of deterrent! smile.gif

Big dogs don't really work... If a dog is so aggressive that it attacks any strangers.... well, depends on the type of person you are.

Gun is only good if you are there... and are capable of using it safely. Then again, guns are one of the valuable items to steal in the first place.

It would be better to copy RAID5 to two separate arrays rather than a single RAID1.

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Does backing up data require an equal amount of storage space?

The reason why I've yet to backup my data is I seem to never have enough storage space (on my desktop)
Depends! You can compress and de-duplicate data. However, recovery from backup is harder due to extra step.


If you want backup over time.... you can adopt incremental backups. First initial backup... and then periodically calculate and save only the differences.
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How exactly does one backup windows when the OS is on an SSD and the other crap is on a HDD?
I'm thinking of buying a 1tb HDD to backup my crud but don't really know how to backup a 'split' system like mine.

It's easier than you think. You would need to make an image of your SSD with software such as Macrium Reflect (a freebie, btw) that you could use to restore your OS partition should it get scrambled. That can go on your backup drive. It shows up as a file. I would suggest keeping the images for your SSD in a folder of its own. The data HDD can also be imaged and kept on the backup HDD or just copied with a good copy utility like Teracopy. If you are willing to spring for two separate HDD—a small one for the SSD and a larger one for the data HDD— you could clone the data HDD to it's backup. that's what I do.

An image can't be read directly unless you have more advanced software but can be used to restore the original drive or partition. One advantage of images is they are usually compressed and take up less room when stored, possibly allowing more images to be stored (it's always a good idea to keep as many earlier images as possible in a later image is corrupted or you need to recover data that was deleted prior to the latest image).

Here is a tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect.
     
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Does crashplan encrypt your files before they are uploaded?

Yes. However, Crahplan has had some issues in the past so I don't recommend using their paid plans.
     
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Well, most of my vital files are music, folders, and movies which can be transferred to an external HDD.
All my games are already "backed up" b/c they're either on discs or on STEAM & Origin.
My OS can be reinstalled.

Is there any reason for me to back up my drive?

I also have like 800GB of files but only about 200GB worth of free storage space.
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Does backing up data require an equal amount of storage space?

The reason why I've yet to backup my data is I seem to never have enough storage space (on my desktop)

If you are just copying data over to another HDD, then yes, it does require an equal amount of storage space. Images, on the other hand, are usually compressed and require less room. The amount of spaced saved varies.
     
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If you are just copying data over to another HDD, then yes, it does require an equal amount of storage space. Images, on the other hand, are usually compressed and require less room. The amount of spaced saved varies.

Can you give me an example of how much space saved? ie. 1TB of used space compressed = 500-800GB image file?
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If you are just copying data over to another HDD, then yes, it does require an equal amount of storage space. Images, on the other hand, are usually compressed and require less room. The amount of spaced saved varies.

He could compress data he wants to back up and target the resulting file(s) to the remove drive.

Again, backups is a very mature technology... there are many different ways to achieve it. There are cost, complexity, reliability, speed, etc variables to each method.

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Can you give me an example of how much space saved? ie. 1TB of used space compressed = 500-800GB image file?
Depends mostly on the data and some on the compression algorithm used.

A 1GB text file with just 0s in it could be compressed down to less than 1KB.
A 1GB text file with random numbers may not be compressible.
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