I have no upload limits so I just let it run for my Carbonite Backup. However, I'll also add that Carbonite freaked out for a good while and didn't appear to be working properly (why I have different backup systems), resulting in massive uploads over a long period of time. Seems to be working correctly now at a few tens - hundreds of MB a day.
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I've been looking at some sort of NAS solution for my backups, at the moment my backup solution is;
1. External HDD for Time Machine
2. External HDD for SuperDuper which is kept at the office and backed up weekly (or when I remember!)
3. Crashplan (for that extra peace of mind - you can't have too many backups)
4. Non essential media (video files etc) on another external HDD that isn't backed up
The holes in my plan are the non essential media isn't being backed up. The TimeMachine is on an external HDD and the first one I had died - not a show stopper as I just replaced it and set up the new HDD as the TimeMachine backup. I lost the history but thats life - you build a bridge and get over it.
I had considered getting a Drobo (blame all those sponsored podcasts that spruik them) but they are pricey, and in doing some research I'd found a few stories I people having issues (I’m Done with drobo | Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider). Due to its proprietary format, my main fear is the Drobo dies and I'm stuck with HDDs containing my data in a proprietary format - I'd need to get another Drobo just to get my data.
I'm now looking at other solutions, and I was wondering what other Mac users use. Ideally it should be something that I can plug into the Airport and forget about, and it should be easy enough for the family to access with me not home.
The ability to store TimeMachine backups and non essential media, photos and music on is preferable. Also, the ability to back up several Macs all with TimeMachine to a single drive. At the moment there is a pocket drive on the kids MacMini and my wife has a drive for her laptop too. I'd prefer everything to be in one place on one RAID setup.
One I've looked at is Synology (DS212j Products - Synology Inc. Network Attached Storage - NEW NAS Experience) doesn't sound bad but I was wondering what other people use and recommend.
Thanks in advance
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I don't think I need 18 drives (yet) but thanks for the feedback - this looks like the way we'll go
Lol - saw this page with the mention of up to 18 drives! Synology Network Attached Storage - DS1812+ Products
For home use the D212j sounds fine, computer shop near work is listed as a retailer so I'll pay them a visit tomorrow
Glad to see I'm not alone
I have a dedicated Time Machine for real time backups of the Macs. This doesn't go offsite or anything, but has been awesome to recover a file from time to time.
I Have a QNAP TS-859 Pro running RAID 6 to hold all the family photo's and video (as well as all the DVD rips etc). This then serves content to both the MBA's we use as well as the Mac Mini HTPC and the ACRyan box in the bedroom.
I also manually do an incremental backup of all the documents from the MBA's to the QNAP. This is the one part of the process I want to automate.
Attached to the QNAP is a USB HDD which automatically replicates all selected files (family photo's, video and documents). I have two of these HDD's which are swapped periodically with one stored offsite.
So today I can have a HDD crash and recover from TM, or if they gets fried too I have to rebuild the machine by hand but then grab all the files off the NAS, if the house burns down I grab the HDD from offsite although then have lost the last few days/weeks worth of files.
I keep toying with getting a paid dropbox account and attempting to push all documents from our Macs to that which then automates pretty much everything. My only issue is that I don't quite trust someone else to manage my data... I would prefer to run my own server somewhere and have full control (and access) to my own data... One day.
For the moment I just keep thinking about a 12 bay unit... :P
(either that or try out netflix )
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I have an Ext HDD acting as Time Machine, then a WD Sharespace with 4 bays acting also as TM and separate mirror for movies photos etc.
The WS SS is having issues (2 months out of warranty) and now I am looking at alternatives - QNAP TS420, Snology, Drobo or WD EX4???
I'm happy with my solution, 2 x Synology NAS, 1 for main storage, the second one for backing up the main unit. Pretty basic but suits my needs..
I guess I have the most basic of all. No NAS, just multiple HDDs. No Time machine. Cloning with CCC of both my internal hard drive and my media drive (but really starting to think theres little point in doing that, its just laziness on my part because I have almost all of it on DVD anyway) and the last drive is just for dumping junk I dont much care about but might end up p'd off if I lost it. I think I really need to start using Copy more effectively. I have 380GB there and have barely scratched the surface. It would make sense to use it for my ebooks and photographs.
Five drive 10TB RAID5 NAS.
I back up my iMac to an external USB3 hard drive using Time Machine.
I also back up my photos in Aperture using vaults to another external hard drive and also back up my FCPX 10.1 libraries to the same external. I then back all that up to a Synology NAS.
All the other business data lives on the Synology NAS and is automatically backed up to a second Synology NAS.
For some other data, I use a combination of DropBox and Copy.com for cloud storage that's also backed up locally in TimeMachine aside from the mirroring to other devices and into the cloud.
Drop box for documents, all data on my synology and a portable hard drive with all data kept in the safe at work.
Oh hi, you have reemerged after all these years..where are you working at these days Scott?
I have a 2 bay synology so instead of using a redundant array I use one drive for time machine and files I can afford to lose and the other drive for a Super duper backup. Also have an external portable HDD that I bring home once a week and then return it to work. One day when the Synology is older I will stick it at work or at my in laws and use it as a remote backup for the newer unit. Technically I'm at risk on the nights were the externally kept drive is here. 2 would be better but is more expensive.
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Wow, interesting replies here. For me, my system lacks an offsite/fire proof backup.
I don't trust online services (nor do I have any sort of internet that could support it) so I've gone with a mini running SL server, RAID1 hanging off the back with a single drive backing up the RAID and another for TM and a snapshot of the mini.
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