Online Backup Options for a LOT of Data

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    Online Backup Options for a LOT of Data

    Before I pull the trigger and start backing up, I wanted to double check. I use Synology SHR. So, when a drive goes bad, and I need to recover, I can't just restore the G: drive or whatever....since it's all combined into E: (which I like). That and because BackBlaze doesn't support NAS is why I am not using it. So, my question is this.... Which would you pick, not considering cost as a factor on any of them (because I already own licenses for CloudBerry and GoodSync) for someone backing up many TBs.

    G Suite + Good Sync
    G Suite + CloudBerry
    Or something else.

    Speed of uploading and downloading is a factor.

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    Hi folks


    Assuming a decent size backup -- say 1 TB you are looking at plans of at least 30 USD a month (400 a year). These cheap plans usually are only good for up to 1TB and then will have some restriction like "fair usuage" or other B/s -- for really large data volumes (>4TB usually ) --apart from Internet speed problems you could be paying 50 to 60 USD a month or even more

    In the long term this is IMO just money down the drain.

    Cheapest way is say a 2 or 4 port USB external HDD box -- with built in RAID --these have several RAID versions as well as options for JBOD (just a bunch off Disks) or even unique discrete discs.

    then take regular local backups to this box -- also easy if you need to restore.

    Personally though I'd go for a separate (2nd self build NAS) box -- you can build a really good cheap one --I recommend the HP Proliant Gen 10 Microservers -- they have built in 4 ports for HDD's you can put an SSD in the DVD port and run say a Linux distro for the NAS.

    Works a treat --remember after 2-3 years your "Cloud Plan" depending on your options selected would have cost you over 1600 USD - assuming no price / tax rises plus of course the inconvenience of backup / restore from the Internet even at 1Gb/s - and assuming no Internet caps.

    Using Linux as the OS for the NAS is really easy -- software RAID works a treat (mdadm) and backups are easily and automatically controlled using crontab for automatic job scheduling and rsync (or grsync if you want a GUI version) for file / directory backup.

    That NAS can also store Windows client backups made say with Macrium etc. Linux reads / writes NTFS these days -- ensure package ntfs-3g is installed --it usually is these days anyway. You can also run it headless andf if you don't want to install a GUI you don't need to. Networking is a doddle, file serving / media streaming brilliant and SAMBA makes file sharing also a doddle.

    Why pay around 1500 USD every 2 years when it's easier, much faster and cheaper to do it yourself (and probably safer and more convenient).

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