How to simply back up to a remote disk without putting my data in the cloud?
December 29, 2011 1:44 PM Subscribe
Simple way to do remote backups to a network-attached storage device? I prefer to avoid using commercial cloud services like Mozy, but would like offsite backup at a relative's house on a disk I own.
posted by ccl6yl to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have several laptops, but can easily make do with backing up just one computer that holds all my files.
I've spent a lot of time searching, but the closest I've gotten is Crashplan (and others) that allows you to back up to someone else's computer. That sounds exactly what I want, except it involves that remote computer owner having his computer on when the backup is scheduled. I don't want to intrude like that each time.
I'd like to buy a NAS, go to my relative's house, and just plug in the NAS to their router. Or, can you suggest something similarly simple? I see some people have used workarounds to achieve this with Crashplan, but I'm not as computer-savvy, and those workarounds seem unreliable anyway. Or people using rsync with two ReadyNAS units but I'm not sure this is as simple as I need it to be.
It feels like there must be a simple solution to this, but I'm not having any luck. Can you suggest how I can back up remotely without going on a public cloud?