Originally Posted by bryansj
Now that you've explained it better it sounds like the free CrashPlan option for PC to PC backup, but using two NASs on each end and other software. Seems cheaper just to fire up the free
CrashPlan on each end and give the other person an external drive. That is what I started with and decided it was still worth it to pay the Cloud fee.
Originally Posted by leebo
Well then, so both ends are running the same software? Or does RTRR do it all from the end that it's installed on, and the NAS or server on the other end simply has it's own static IP?
I think you're both still missing something, so let me start from the beginning. This might get a little long, and for that I apologize.
The reason I'm NOT
using online backups is because I have over 15TBs of data that I want to backup. Regardless of how long it might take to get ALL my data into the cloud for the initial backup, the REAL problem is when I need to recover that data. Restoring 15TBs over the internet would take FOREVER
. I know Crashplan has a Restore To Door feature (and most other online backup sites have something similar), but that costs $165 and the size limit is 3.5TBs. That's quite a pretty penny for what amounts to an external hard drive with your data being shipped to you, and you don't even get to keep the drive. My opinion is, if someone wanted to save a relatively "small" amount of data (under 2TBs) then it is safer and far more economical to buy two external hard drives and just do a monthly backup swap. That means backup everything every night to external hard drive A
for a month, swap out external A
for external B
, move external A
offsite (office, family member, friends house, etc.), backup everything to external B
for a month and then swap again, continuing the cycle. You can easily find a couple of 2TB or larger external hard drives for around $250 total, and there are dozens of free backup programs (find just a few here
) you can use to automate the process. As long as you can move the hard drive every month this is, to my mind, a much better solution than online backup services. Your data is always recoverable, usually in hours, and the cost is cheaper after the first year, when you take into account the extra fees online sites like Crashplan charge for sending a hard drive of your files for data recovery.
However, if you have more than 3TBs of data to backup, the online services simply do not work. Most services like Crashplan don't even offer a recovery method for that much data. And the places that do charge a massive amount of money because they're geared towards enterprise clients, not the personal/home office user.
All of this is why I'm using a personal, offsite NAS. I can do a full backup of ALL
my data in my home and then move the NAS offsite. The offsite NAS will then automagically backup over the interwebnets, with no intervention or oversight on my part and little to no maintenance needed. Since it's starting with all 15TBs of data, the monthly backups will not take very long because only the new (or changed) files will need to be backed up. That's usually less than 10GBs a month which would take a few hours on a slow day.
Each NAS manufacturer has it's own version of automatic backup software (QNap is RTRR), but they all can be made to work with each other fairly easily since the underlying protocol (rsync) is the same. NAS's are self-contained units. So there's no software to install and, after initial setup, they don't need a computer to do their backup routines. All-in-all, I've found NAS units to be the best solution FOR ME
at this time. Every person out there has a different use-case scenario and what works for me may not necessarily work for you. NAS's are not cheap, they can easily run over $2,000 WITHOUT hard drives when you get to the 8-bay units. Sometimes building your own makes a whole lot of sense. However, if you're not the type of person who wants the responsibility of being your own tech support if the server/NAS should have a problem AND
you need to backup more than a couple of TBs of data, then a NAS might be right for you.