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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15' Retina MBP, 13' MacBook Air, 27' Thunderbolt Display, iPad 4, iPhone 5, iPod Touch & Nano, AppleTV 3, Time Capsule, Promise Pegasus R4
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
I have a Synology 1812+ ..... highly recommend it.....awsome
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 )
Last edited by The_Hawk; 21st December 2012 at 10:45 AM.
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