Backing up and Dropbox.Posted on March 29th, 2009 2 comments
I really need to sort out my backup scheme for files at home. I don’t want anything elaborate, basically just syncing folders between drives and between computers.
I was put on to dropbox a while ago by Jason. It’s basically something like “My Briefcase” but works, and is available on a number of platforms.
You run the client app on multiple machines. Anything in the specified folder is synced between all those computers, assuming they have internet access. It has conflict resolution and change history. You can share parts of the directory structure publicly if you want. It’s great for putting things like wip demos, small codebases/repos etc on so that you automatically have them at other locations, without fiddling with a thumb drive. The other great feature is that it has a web client that can view most content and fetch via http.
The only reason this wouldn’t be great for home backup is that it uses the internet for all traffic. It’s therefore not suitable to backup say gigabytes of photos, art or video heavy projects, music etc between machines on a LAN or between drives within a machine.
Does anyone know of a super simple free software solution? The main requirement I guess is you can tag directories and have them synced up on a LAN (and perhaps certain subdirectories remotely also for offsite backups of important but small data). The other requirement is that it behaves peer to peer and sort of opportunistically. At home we don’t leave our computers on 24/7 and there is no always on filestore pc or anything either. Extra points if it has clients for other OSes.
It wouldn’t be a big project to write something like this, therefore I can’t help but feel it must already exist
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2 responses to “Backing up and Dropbox.”
DeltaCopy makes scheduled rsync easier under Windows (without cygwin):
Even though it will cost you, I’d recommend getting a decent NAS. They are low-power and should provide backup-scheduling pulling files from LAN or WAN. Plus they can be used as media servers.
I have a ReadyNAS Duo with 2x 500GB HDDs (X-RAID mirrored) and it’s great. Alternatively, you could run FreeNAS if you have a Linux machine (in a VM).
Cheers for the input. I’ll look at DeltaCopy.
A little awesome nifty NAS does seem to be the ideal answer for backup at least. (not so much syncing of photo and music libraries etc).
I guess one that can double as a mini media centre for the TV would make it even more worth it. Maybe down the track when I can better justify the purchase