I’m going to use this to ask about my own backup strategy, discuss what I’m currently, and what I’d like to eventually do.
My Hard Drives
To start off, I have two primary hard drives in addition to my internal HD.
I have one HD that is a 2TB HD that is broken up into 4 partitions. These partitions are called as follows:
Backup of HD 1 - 499 GB
Archive - 500 GB
Photos - 750 GB
Backup of iTunes 1 - 250 GB
Then I have my other WD 3 TB MyBook HD that is broken into 4 partitions. These are called the following with their capacity:
Backup of HD 2 - 519 GB
Backup of Archive - 750 GB
Backup of Photos - 1 TB
Backup of iTunes 2 - 729 GB
I also have a HD that is called iTunes that is 500 GB though has 200 GB or so of stuff on it.
In addition I have a collection of three portable HD’s that are backups of sports videos of my sister and other stuff that’s just additional copies.
Tools I Use
- Carbon Copy Cloner - Essential for making my backups. I run this every night and weekly for my other stuff.
- BackBlaze B2 - My online cloud backup solution. Years ago was a Crashplan user but have switched to Backblaze B2 and have been rather happy with it. Switched from regular Backblaze to B2 within the last month thanks to the great users on this forum.
- Arq - I use this to encrypt my backups to Backblaze B2. Also helps with retention and getting data from B2 as opposed to Backblaze’s 30 day retention policy.
- Daisy Disk - Helps me to see what all is on my HD’s.
- Genimi 2 - Helps to manage duplicates
- Diskwarrior - In dire cases helps to figure out drive health.
- Disk Utility - Always a good one to use as a first catchall to issues that might crop up, also created my portions through here.
The Way I See My Data
So in thinking about my data, I have what’s on my internal HD as being the most critical. Next would be my photos that I have backups of and am uploading to B2 with Arq. The other stuff is less important but I still want to hold on to.
I’m at the point where I’d like to use a NAS to manage my data that’s not on my internal HD. I’d also like to set aside a external HD to backup this data on a daily or weekly basis just for peace of mind. I’m due for a computer upgrade (hopefully a new MacBook Pro!) though currently my computer (2010 White MacBook with SSD and 8 GB of Ram) has run my backups and my uploading (scheduled to not clog the network at home) well though at times the fans have been running a bit hot and louder. I guess my dilemma is that I’d rather not tax my computer with doing all this and seemingly run 24/7. Hence why I think I’m in the market for a NAS.
In looking at various stuff, I was debating picking up a Synology that would have 2 bays. Then I thought that’s too little and I’d want at least 4 bays given if a HD fails. In looking at those prices I don’t have that kind of money at the moment. I also would like to be able to expand my HD’s as needed and run Plex and a few other things too. This lead me to my idea of building a UnRaid server. In my researching I came across this example from Reddit that seems to be a rather good first NAS that would be affordable and I would be more then capable of building. For $150 or so that’s hard to beat for the price and would blow a Synology out of the water.
If I build a UnRaid system and buy a 8TB HD or 2, I’d then transfer all my data I have on the external drives onto it. In digging and asking it seems that someone came up with running a VM of Windows 10 to then upload to Arq for B2. Arq doesn’t run on Linux though Duplicati does if I’m willing or wanting to switch to it. I could always run Duplicati on my UnRaid and Arq on my computer and of course create separate buckets etc. My goal is to take a load off my internal computer and make my UnRaid server my main work horse for tasks that involve more CPU.
I’d appreciate any and all nitpicks, questions, and suggestions.