How can I improve my sync/backup plan?
December 3, 2012 10:01 AM Subscribe
Currently my computer backup/sync setup seems to be working ok, but I think it can be improved. Please give me some ideas/suggestions.
posted by aarondesk to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have what I call my "master" computer. The computer is backed-up nightly on a network drive. I also backup the computer about once a month to an external hard drive (probably should be more often to the external drive).
I also have several other secondary computers that I use (some laptops and desktops). On these computers I use VPN to get to the "master" network and download/mirror the files from the "master" network. This is strictly a 1-way process (master network to secondary computers). If I alter a file on the secondary computer I use Google Drive or Dropbox to transfer files, then will eventually copy the files from the Dropbox/Google Drive folders to the "master" computer folders.
The method seems a little clunky, but it works ok. I could get a paid subscription to Dropbox or Google Drive and have all files sync across all computers, but I'm terrified at the thought of accidently deleting/changing a file on one computer and having it propogate to all computers. The current method adds a little extra security, because I have to manually copy a file to my "master" computer to include it.
Am I paranoid about maintaining a safe "master" computer? How could I streamline the process?