Please help with my major photo backup plan!
May 14, 2012 1:25 PM Subscribe
I want to consolidate the photo collections from 5 PCs and a Mac, fling them onto one drive (regularly backed up) and then access the drive from any of these computers with great convenience. Have you ever done anything like this? Any pointers? More inside...
posted by razzman to computers & internet (2 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I have tens of thousands of photos (estimate around 600gb) spread across about 5 PCs, some of which are vulnerable to failure, others I have just bought.
Wife is always asking for pics and I never even know which PC (or Mac) they are on. Some PCs I have backed up, others I’m not even sure about. I want all my pics to be safe and accessible but this is also about consolidating the collection onto at least one version of the truth.
My dream is to have all photos in one place, on one drive that will be regularly backed up. The drive will be accessible from all PCs, smartphones would be a bonus too.
I’m planning to buy a 1-bay NAS enclosure from Qnap or Synology and add a 2TB drive. Then I’ll add a 2TB usb drive and automate a backup every night.
I’ll also buy a homeplug system so I can get a fast connection via Ethernet in power sockets.
My question is, have you done a similar project, what did you do, has it worked or do you wish you did things differently.
Does my approach look like a good way of solving my problem or have I missed something fundamental?
Any other ideas I should consider? Any software which would help de-duplicate or catalogue the collection?