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Old 12-01-2014, 09:19 AM
 
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If this has been discussed before, please let me know, right now city-data is unable to perform a search. I'd like opinions as to the best way to back up your files nowadays. I'm on a Mac and I'm old school - I bought an external hard drive and was using that. Do most of you still do that or do you backup online? I think there are some free sites to use but I am unsure about doing it that way. How secure is it, etc. It is mostly personal files and photos that I need to backup. I used to use CDs, but I don't need a ton of CDs sitting around, and sometimes they go bad. Thank you....
I'm useing a iMac and a time capusal that makes backups of my whole Mac every hour. Love it has saved me more than once. And it's my router ad well.
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Am I wrong in thinking that for the type of files the OP was interested in saving, using a thumb drive is adequate?
Will I end up saying "Oh crap" by only doing this?
All I really care about preserving would be in my Documents section and that is mostly photos with a small amount of "important" files...leases, past 1040's for instance.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I built a 24TB (unformatted capacity) NAS using 8 3TB drives in a RAID 6 config, which gives me just over 16TB of useable space. All of the servers back up to this system, and I also run our Seafile (self-hosted dropbox type software) installation on it. Each night, it backs up to Amazon S3, so I have an off-site copy of everything.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:28 AM
 
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If this has been discussed before, please let me know, right now city-data is unable to perform a search. I'd like opinions as to the best way to back up your files nowadays. I'm on a Mac and I'm old school - I bought an external hard drive and was using that. Do most of you still do that or do you backup online? I think there are some free sites to use but I am unsure about doing it that way. How secure is it, etc. It is mostly personal files and photos that I need to backup. I used to use CDs, but I don't need a ton of CDs sitting around, and sometimes they go bad. Thank you....

I use an external HD. When I had a HD go down, it was easy to by a new one and reload. I wondered then how I would get to my files if they were on line.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:13 AM
 
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Due to the nature of my work, probably 99% of my data lives on Dropbox and Google Drive. I keep a Time Machine backup (updated weekly) on an external HDD in case my laptop kicks the bucket, and I periodically archive old files on Amazon Glacier.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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I built a 24TB (unformatted capacity) NAS using 8 3TB drives in a RAID 6 config, which gives me just over 16TB of useable space. All of the servers back up to this system, and I also run our Seafile (self-hosted dropbox type software) installation on it. Each night, it backs up to Amazon S3, so I have an off-site copy of everything.
Have you considered using Glacier? S3 seems a bit cost-ineffective for that amount of data. IIRC, S3 is around ~$0.03/GB and Glacier is ~$0.01/GB.
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:34 AM
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Well, I do not have my drive continually backed-up. But I do backups to a thumb drive when needed.

I keep all files in one main directory.....that way if something goes haywire, I can easily back-up my important files in a snap:


C:\ ALL_FILES_GO_HERE (all folders/subfolders are in this directory)
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