Hey guys, My MediaSmart Windows Home Server is still hanging in there, but aging quickly and I think its time I rethink my overall Data sharing and backup strategy.
Currently my WHS houses my movies, photos and music, and serves them mostly to my HTPC in the living room. My Workstation holds my cad files for work, and backups up to the Mediasmart nightly, while also backing up to the cloud via a single PC carbonite plan. My laptop and HTPC are also backing up nightly to the WHS, but no cloud for them. Though the WHS has internal redundancy, I'm worried that I am running on borrowed time with my personal data, and would prefer to get some better redundancy in there. Ive got about 3-4 Gigs of Data (which includes the movies, music and photos; as well as backups from unique machines) on my WHS; but obviously the stuff its all on borrowed time.
I'm a born again newbie with this stuff, so let me know if you think I am on the right track with this gameplan...
Retire the WHS
Move the movies, photos and music to a big drive on the HTPC
Keep clients data on the workstation
Set up family Crashplan to backup each machine independently (cloud copy for every box)
Pick up a Synology NAS and set up nightly backups for each machine locally (local copy for every box)
1) It seems like this is a better plan for multiple backup locations, no?
2) Synology has a ton of features, but I am really only using it as a dumb network drive since the raw data is stored on the htpc and my workstation. I had hoped to store ALL of the data on the NAS (not the local boxes) but none of the affordable cloud backup services willing work with NAS's without a hack, ...should I reconsider this?
3) Would it be a better idea to create duplicates of my important files on the NAS using a sync tool like GoodSync? The advantage would be backups that are not buried in some "backup archive" file type and that it might let me use some of the other Synology tools; but Ive never heard of anyone doing this and have to believe there must be a good reason...
4) I am really looking for a set-n-forget setup, Is there a better way to set up a network that gives me both internal and external backups that are completely automated?
Thanks in advance guys, I really appreciate the feedback