Which backup solutions do you use?

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asked May 20, 2012 by Lee Wood (2,385 points)
Most people have plenty of opinions on backup, and I am no different at the end of the day.

Some people use just a harddrive, others use an cloud storage, others use more than one solution.

What are your opinions and describe your backup solution?
Windows or Mac what do you do to make sure your data is safe in the event of an harddrive crashing, a fire, theft, earthquake or whatever happens.

My backup solution is the 3 - 2 - 1 backup solution. I have 3 backups of everything.

 1. External harddrive that is always connected to my computer.
 2.  Carbonite online backup - So I know my data is as safe as it can be, and I can always access my files quickly via my smartphone or tablet too..
 3.  An external harddrive that is connected to my iMac every 14 days or so and is kept off site. Actually in the money safe at work, which is actually fire proof...

This solution gives me peace of mind when it comes to my data.

Now for the little plug:
If you don't mind I have actually made an YouTube video about my back up solution on my channel. Opinions are always welcome :o)


12 Answers

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answered May 20, 2012 by Jonesm (391 points)
Google account and USB stick
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answered May 20, 2012 by David Pulliam (16 points)
Custom built NAS, Dropbox, Box, Skydrive and Google Drive.
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answered May 20, 2012 by pjob797 (2,635 points)
I hate to say, the only back ups i ever do, is saving a couple of documents and my music to a flash drive.
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answered May 20, 2012 by Jackster1337 (8,481 points)
I have a 5TB NAS that holds videos and photos.

Videos as in TV shows stay on that.

Family photos and videos are mirrored over 3 houses 9 miles apart from each others :) ~1-2TB

My own docs are on Google Docs or my FTP mirror server that is in London.
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answered May 20, 2012 by gregam (16 points)
I use Crashplan (free version). I backup to one external hard drive, one local computer on my home network and to my friend, so I always have two local and one "cloud" backup for free.

I highly suggest trying Crashplan, you can create personal cloud with friends, so everybody is backed up safely and offline.

I also use Macrium Reflect free for system images in case of hard drive failure, that are only stored locally.
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answered May 20, 2012 by Miendsley (46 points)
At work, we employ an automated Amazon S3 differential backup solution for backups of crucial data. Personally, I have barely anything that I can't bear to lose, and that I do with a USB stick or two. Amazon S3 stores your data in several physical locations, and it works well for us.
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answered May 21, 2012 by Drmgiver (1,266 points)
I generally just use Deja Dup to back up my files to an external hard drive.
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answered May 21, 2012 by geekomatic (1,842 points)
NAS on the home network, two external drive backups, plus all important docs at Skydrive & Google.

If I lose it all now, I wasn't meant to have it.

I just started to gather some older HDD's and a tower to put together another little data safe (maybe FreeNAS?)...

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answered May 21, 2012 by stfamanda (16 points)
I have one external hard drive attached to my pc and using genie timeline to do the backup for me.
I've recently started to use online backup but iam finding it a bit expensive to backup all my stuff online,so i decided to only upload my personal pictures.
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answered May 21, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
I use Dropbox, my jump drive, Google Drive and a server I have here at my house, 1TB.
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