In 2016-2018, my workflow was everything was backed up to the Synology (including time machine). Any file was backed up on there. From the Synology, I had Crashplan backing it up to the cloud. Then I had an additional external passport that I would swap out and update and carry with me when I would be gone for extended periods.
I re-evaluated my workflow and updated the following for end of 2018 and 2019 so far.
- Purchased B2 (in hopes of getting rid of Crashplan) and Synology backs to B2. Many hiccups happened I started noticing huge difference in the number of files on B2 versus my Synology. B2 support said it wasn’t their issue and Synology support wanted file access to my Synology device, I felt uncomfortable at that point.
- 2 external drives hooked up to my computer 24/7. (1 is for Time Machine and 1 is CCC)
- Synology still is my archive of everything. (due to B2 giving me issues, I never cancelled Crashplan)
My goal in the next few weeks is to run another B2 test with a different client or something, perhaps the Synology client is not that great and I should use something else.
I know the backup rule of 3-2-1 but I am looking over its practicality and priorities.
Example - The reason for 2 externals for my macbook (Time Machine and CCC) (instead of backing them up to the Synology). It’s rare that I keep a physical working file on my computer, 99.999% of the time, any file I am working on is being pulled from my Synology. Essentially, my macbook only has the apps that I use and all files are being called upon from the Synology or some cloud service. So this backup is really just about having to reboot or copy settings to a new device for sake of speed.
- Crashplan still
- B2 as a secondary (testing) backup until it’s proven
- External Drive Backup of things I can’t replace (Photos) (in terms of a disaster happening)
Last point (sorry for the lengthy post). But I am also evaluating on my own life. I am the only “techie” in the family. Most of my family and extended family are not tech savvy at all. I have setup their email accounts, icloud, etc. So when my time comes, my Synology and all these systems I created will just be forgotten (and if I wrote it down) it would need to be extremely simplistic to understand and follow up with.