Off topic, but I suspect a fair number of us have Synology or similar NAS devices, so I thought I would seek input here.
I have a Synology which I use several major functions:
– SynologyDrive which is my Dropbox replacement (possibly less useful now that I have gone laptop-only, but I do have a shared folder with my wife’s iMac as well, and it does allow me to use the iOS and iPadOS apps to access my files as well)
– Target for TimeMachine backups
– Target for a daily CCC clone of my laptop’s SSD
– Plex server, with a share where all of my media is stored (I don’t keep any media on the laptop since it is easily accessed via Plex whether home or away)
– “Archival” storage for a fair amount of data that I don’t really need on my laptop, like archived software distributions that I cannot easily reobtain but might need, and all of the archived files from my previous medical practice after I sold it.
– Old clones of previous Macs, which I keep because I have had occasion to discover files that “went missing” (yes, I figured out why, and it was my mistake, but still they were missing) and which I restored from old CCC clones.
I would like a cloud backup of all of this stuff, just in case. For my sole current Mac, my 14" MBPro, I use both BackBlaze and Arq to Wasabi.
What I want is a good and low maintenance approach for backing up the Synology. The amount of storage space is large, but with the exception of the SynologyDrive shares, it changes infrequently (so I could consider Amazon Glacier for cost savings). I don’t have to backup any folders that are part of SynologyDrive since they are backed up to the cloud from the laptop.
I have thinking of two solutions: Either mount the shares to the laptop and have Arq back them up to Wasabi or B2 or whatever, OR use Synology’s HyperBackup utility to either Wasabi or Synology’s C2 storage.
In favor of Arq is that I have used it for years, I have restored data with it, and know it works and is reliable. I can send the data anywhere I want. Even better, if the Synology dies and I don’t or can’t replace it, I can still get at these files through Arq. However, I have to deal with the overhead of either keeping the shares mounted (eg Automount) or a script to mount and dismount on demand, and it makes the Synology backup dependent on the MBPro which means more to maintain if/when I change machines (not that that is likely for a while with this new MBPro). Plus I can easily restore using any computer with Arq installed.
In favor of HyperBackup is keeping everything contained to the Synology. However, the interface and utility of HyperBackup seems less than with Arq (although Synology’s description of C2 implies support for hourly backups, HyperBackup doesn’t actually seem to work to do that, although since the data doesn’t change often, that probably doesn’t matter). If I want to restore outside of having a Synology, I either have to download the entire backup data first OR store it in C2, since HyperBackup Explorer, their utility for accessing HyperBackup archives from a Mac or PC will only connect to a local copy OR to C2, but not to for example any S3 compatible store like Amazon S3 or Wasabi or B2. Finally, I have never had occasion to test a restore from HyperBackup, so I don’t know from personal testing that it work.
I was wondering what others might have hit upon as a solution and what suggestions you might have.