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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.

If you have data you can't afford to lose (or just don't want to lose), then you need to back up to avoid losing it should the drive the data is on now fail.

If you don't have room on your backup drive for all of your data and can't afford to get a bigger drive or and additional one, you will have to decide which files are most important to you and back up just those files.
     
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Yes. However, Crahplan has had some issues in the past so I don't recommend using their paid plans.

What kind of problems?
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What kind of problems?

Mostly, ridiculously slow upload speeds at times on their paid plans to their servers (rendering it pretty much useless) although I seen complaints about lost data. One involved a person who didn't connect to connect to Crashplan for over a month and, per Crashplan policy, Crashplan deleted all of the data, even though the plan was paid up (you have to read the fine print...twice).
     
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I believe one limitation with CrashPlan is that they only support non-server OSes? Can't remember... did this research a few months ago. Personally, I have a Windows Home Server v1 in the process of migrating to Server 2012.
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I believe one limitation with CrashPlan is that they only support non-server OSes? Can't remember... did this research a few months ago. Personally, I have a Windows Home Server v1 in the process of migrating to Server 2012.

The only one that I could find that did server os's is the carbonite one for $599.99 a year. :/
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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.

I bet you could get an Arduino or Raspberry Pi to override your sound system with an alarm if a pressure switch on a window is released or wires across a screen are cut. That saves you three or four hundred dollars a year (also from that ad: "for around a dollar a day" to make the price seem lower than the actual) minus the initial cost of setting up the system in the first place.

All depends on the dog. Several years ago, my dad, brother, and I all went out to see a movie and came back at 11ish P.M. Instead of seeing my two furballs happily greeting me with gifts of dog toys, they were upset that three men had come to disturb my mom, who was alone, and did not at first recognize us. They are far from aggressive though, but they'll defend the pack. As long as Mom approves of somebody, they will love that person forever. If not and she's alone, then we can assume F = MV, with two 25 kg dogs moving at, I don't know, 3 m/s? Times mechanical advantage from leverage if they jump at your chest.

True about needing to be there for the gun to work and being safe. Though I personally do not understand the people who get a deadly weapon and then treat it like a toy. "Hey y'all, watch this!" does not end well.

I'd run out of SATA ports (and money!) since I'd like to keep as much of what I can internal rather than external. That's two for RAID 1 all back-up, four for RAID 5 back-up and media, and one for an SSD. That leaves me with one left which I think is linked to an eSATA port. Oh, right, PCIe cards...
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...If you want backup over time.... you can adopt incremental backups. First initial backup... and then periodically calculate and save only the differences.

Macrium Reflect's paid plans have the capability to all the calculating for you. Some people prefer to use differential images over incremental because they can be faster. An incremental image includes only the changes and/or additions made since the previous full image or incremental image. A differential image includes all the changes and or additions since the previous full image. To restore from incremental images, one has to have the original image and all of the incremental images since the original image. To restore from differential images, all one needs is the original image and the latest differential. If one had very many incremental images between full images, the chances of losing one is increased. Otherwise, it's mostly a matter of choice.

I have three 160GB WD Blues (two I salvaged from earlier netbooks I had and bought the third one to match) I use to image the SSD boot drive on my desktop once a week. Since each image is only around 18-19 GB, I have plenty of room for full images (I also keep the first image since building the machine should I want to go back to square one). It also doesn't take long to do an image; maybe 15-20 minutes each. I can do two of them (one on each of the two HDDs I keep at home at any one time) easily while watching one of my Saturday morning TV shows.

I prefer to clone my data drives. That way, if a data drive goes belly up inside my machine, I can just pop one of the clones into the hot swap bay in my machine (that's also where I make the backups) and keep on chugging along until I can get replacement for the deceased drive. Cloning takes a lot longer but I just let it run when I'm busy doing something else, like watching a movie on TV or sleeping.
     
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The only one that I could find that did server os's is the carbonite one for $599.99 a year. :/

It depends on how your computer sees the server. If it appears as a single, ginormous external drive, then I would think the $99/year plan would work. A NAS, on the other hand, would be different unless you can get Carbonite to see it as another computer.
     
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...I'd run out of SATA ports (and money!) since I'd like to keep as much of what I can internal rather than external. That's two for RAID 1 all back-up, four for RAID 5 back-up and media, and one for an SSD. That leaves me with one left which I think is linked to an eSATA port. Oh, right, PCIe cards...

I agree about keeping as much internal as possible. It cuts down on clutter, something I just don't have room for. That's one reason I built my machine with hot swap bays for my backup drives. I don't need to have any docks knocking about or deal with bulky external HDD enclosures and their PSUs. However, I don't like keeping my backup drives in the same case as my OS and data drives due to the danger of whatever causes the drives in my machine to go south could also take out my backups.
     
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just throw everything in a Freenas rig and be done with it.
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