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I'm curious. What do you use for storage and backups at home? SAN? NAS? Cloud? USB drives? Optical media? A combination of these?

I use a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 in X-RAID2 to store all of my media and important documents. Once a week, I back the whole thing up to a USB drive via rsync. Currently, I do not backup my PC (bad, I know but it's in the works). To mitigate data loss as a result of some catastrophic event, I will probably begin backing up pictures and important docs to the "cloud" as well since my current backup is collocated with the NAS.

So, what do you use? I'd like to see some things about tips, tricks, and best practices for SOHO data storage and backups if anyone has them to offer. Also, what do you use to monitor the health, performance, and operational status of your particular storage solution?

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I've got 3 PCs at home that I keep backed up (my sig rig, wife's laptop and our HTPC) and I have a RAID1 setup on my PC with a pair of 3TB Caviar Greens. I keep images of my system on the RAID1 array and for my Wife's lappy and the HTPC I've just mapped network shares to the same RAID1 setup to store images for those machines as well. For imaging I use Macrium Reflect which has worked great for me - very quick to capture an image and has been reliable. thumb.gif

For really important data, while it's captured in my regular images, I also like to have it saved to an off-site backup so I Dropbox for this. I have 100 GB to use and it's enough for things like family photos and videos, etc... I've also given some thought to using M-Discs since they claim to be archive-grade optical disks and my burner supports them...besides, another backup method never hurts! smile.gif

On a side note, this is a good thread. thumb.gif It's crazy to see how few precautions the average user takes to protect their important data.


Data doesn't exist unless it's in several places at once! teaching.gif
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I've got 3 PCs at home that I keep backed up (my sig rig, wife's laptop and our HTPC) and I have a RAID1 setup on my PC with a pair of 3TB Caviar Greens. I keep images of my system on the RAID1 array and for my Wife's lappy and the HTPC I've just mapped network shares to the same RAID1 setup to store images for those machines as well. For imaging I use Macrium Reflect which has worked great for me - very quick to capture an image and has been reliable. thumb.gif

For really important data, while it's captured in my regular images, I also like to have it saved to an off-site backup so I Dropbox for this. I have 100 GB to use and it's enough for things like family photos and videos, etc... I've also given some thought to using M-Discs since they claim to be archive-grade optical disks and my burner supports them...besides, another backup method never hurts! smile.gif

On a side note, this is a good thread. thumb.gif It's crazy to see how few precautions the average user takes to protect their important data.


While I've looked into disk imaging, I've never really put forth the effort to actually do it. I should tinker with that soon...especially for my kids' PC.

I have never heard of M-Discs. They are definitely interesting and only ~$0.64/GB.

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Damn skippy! thumb.gif
 
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While I've looked into disk imaging, I've never really put forth the effort to actually do it. I should tinker with that soon...especially for my kids' PC.

Yeah there's nothing to it. It's really as simple as picking a disk/partition and then pointing to where you want it saved. The result it just one giant archive file. What's nice with Macrium (and alot of other imaging software too) is it will let you mount the archive as a removable device so you can browse the archive just as if it was a regular disk in Windows - it makes it easy if you want to go back and copy a file you may have accidentally lost or something, for example.

Also, it might be worth mentioning there's a free version as well with some limitations - most notably the ability to backup incremental/differential changes is missing. But, if you already have a disk to backup to, this is a nice way to get started for free. smile.gif
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