Which home NAS with online backup for 2013?
February 10, 2013 8:58 AM Subscribe
I have a mess of ad-hoc backup systems, none of which “just work”. I would like to have a NAS that quietly backs up the cross-platform content I have, and also mirrors it online securely. I should probably budget for about 1-2 TB. I have no problem doing geeky setup stuff, but the less routine stuff I have to remember, the better. System details follow.
posted by scruss to computers & internet (10 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
These are the computers we have:
- My MacBook, with about 300 GB on it. Backed up locally to a USB Time Machine (desperately, annoyingly slow) and mirrored to SpiderOak.
- ms scruss's iMac (200 GB). Only locally backed up to a FireWire Time Machine.
- An mp3 collection of about 300 GB, currently living on 6 year old USB drive connected to a SheevaPlug.
- An old Linux box with pretty much my entire (online) life from 1991–2010 on it (300 GB).
- Many little Linux boxes, from Raspberry Pis up to a ThinkPad, running various video/audio/multimedia/radio control applications around the house. Probably no more than 50 GB on all of them.
- A D-Link DNS323 two-bay NAS running 5+ year old 1 TB WD drives. These drives are likely about to conk out any time now. Mirrors the music backup, and haphazard bits of everything else (when I remember). Likely has about 100 GB of stuff that's nowhere else
There's likely a ton of duplicate files on all of these. I'm unlikely to be bothered to go through and clean them up manually.
I have 25/10 DSL, and no bandwidth cap. I'm not wild about staying with SpiderOak; while its de-duping and security is rather good, its pricing and cross-platform/architecture support isn't. I would like to have occasional online access to files should I need them when I'm away.
The NAS would be on our wired network, and powered through a UPS. Swappable drives would be good; are home/office NASs there yet for seamless redundant drives? I'm not looking to run a desktop machine as a NAS, as they're too loud and draw too much power.