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I started looking into SnapRAID a bit and ran into this thread. FlexRAID looks like the ticket, so long as you don't mind paying for it. I believe it's just a one-time fee, so I'm down. I can use something like Acronis to schedule OS drive backups, but this is more what I was looking for. I've known about and used RAID for some years now, but I love the flexibility and verification options here.

Anyone have experience with FlexRAID?

Also, if I use Acronis to image a pool of drives onto another, similarly-sized pool, does anyone know if Flex or Snap would recognize a restored image or what could be done to achieve something similar? I know RAID isn't a backup, as it doesn't protect against user error or malware, so I'm looking to cover all basis. I'm not too concerned with malware and I pretty much never accidentally delete anything, but hey, might as well for safe keeping.

FlexRAID is quite similar to SnapRAID although with a bunch more features and a much improved user interface. Last time I used it, it was still in free beta so that was a long, long time ago. I ended up going with unRAID back then. unRAID is still nice but I wanted something that can run on Windows (for various reasons). RAID isn't a backup, but both FlexRAID and SnapRAID are JBOD+parity solutions and are not traditional RAID. Both should be able to recover deleted files as long as you've got enough parity data and you have real-time protection disabled in FlexRAID.

I reckon both SnapRAID and FlexRAID won't have any troubles with restored drives since they're file system based. I'm not familiar with Acronis' back-up features but even Robocopy or FreeFileSync would probably work well enough for array back-up (including parity drives).
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FlexRAID is quite similar to SnapRAID although with a bunch more features and a much improved user interface. Last time I used it, it was still in free beta so that was a long, long time ago. I ended up going with unRAID back then. unRAID is still nice but I wanted something that can run on Windows (for various reasons). RAID isn't a backup, but both FlexRAID and SnapRAID are JBOD+parity solutions and are not traditional RAID. Both should be able to recover deleted files as long as you've got enough parity data and you have real-time protection disabled in FlexRAID.

I reckon both SnapRAID and FlexRAID won't have any troubles with restored drives since they're file system based. I'm not familiar with Acronis' back-up features but even Robocopy or FreeFileSync would probably work well enough for array back-up (including parity drives).

File recovery between syncs is a pretty nice idea for accidental deletions. It seems the main issues would be malware, which I can't say I'm particularly worried about, or physical disaster. I ideally need an offsite backup I know, but I'm covered in most cases through a flexible raid solution with daily backups rather than real-time. A combination of FlexRAID and Acronis backups to a pool for the OS seems mostly comprehensive.

Thanks for the input.
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You might consider a multi-tiered backup approach. For example:

In-house backup options include tools like Acronis True Image, Macrium Reflect, or even Windows Backup. These can make automatic scheduled full and incremental backups to a NAS or external HDD. To be completely effective, you would need to rotate that backup storage off-site periodically, which means having two NAS or two external HDD at a minimum. The offsite storage doesn't need to be Iron Mountain, it could be something as simple as keeping the disks at a relative's house or the office.

Third-party synchronization tools allow you to replicate important data off-site to a cloud can insulate you from total disaster in the event of a fire, flood, tornado, whatever. If the PC is lost, and the HDD backups you have at home at lost, you're up the creek without a paddle. If you've replicated critical data off-site, at least you have a recovery option once the hardware is replaced.


My own personal backup solution has several tiers of protection:

1. I keep a Windows System Recovery image of my EFI partition, Recovery Partition, and C: drive on a locally stored external HDD. I update this image periodically, when major system changes are expected or licensed software is installed.

2. Critical data, such as my QuickBooks files, checking account spreadsheets, customer quotes, E-mail archives, etc., I backup daily to a NAS volume on a Server 2012 system I keep in the basement. This data is in turn copied via a FTP scheduler job from my Server 2012 system to my web storage space in the middle of the night. (consider the web storage a "private cloud" in my case, as I own/operate an ISP).

3. Second-tier critical data, e.g. ripped DVDs and CDs, disk images, periodic system images for systems in the house, etc., are stored in parity spaces on the Server 2012 system for some basic disk redundancy. This data is then backed up to a NAS "periodically".

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Duckie - do you, or anyone else, have experience with ShadowProtect? It's apparently a desktop version of what was originally exclusive to the enterprise environment. From the bit of research I've done, it's considered to be in the top two with ATI, with many considering SP to be better.

Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.
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