If you say use the Synology for your main storage and then your Drobo for a backup, where is this second copy coming from? Would this be in the cloud or another backup device (large external hard drive or another NAS)?
In a side note I love Carbon Copy Cloner! Definitely a great choice.
When I upgraded (late) to High Sierra, my NTFS formatted external drive has been a pain.
Trying to move everything off that drive has been a 5 day 4 software test that hasn’t finished, that’s what’s making me paranoid… actually having to test it all.
The cards it’s more just keeping them as a backup / forced card rotation since it takes about 6mos - 1yr to fill a card these days and each year the higher capacity gets even cheaper.
There is no charge based on amount uploaded. I have Crashplan Business.
With the portable drives, I used to copy everything. Lately, I re-evaluated what is most important to me. Everything is replaceable except for Photos. So I focus now on just a regular copy of that parent folder.
I use parent folders on the Synology (music, photo, video, documents-username)
This is what I am doing, looking for advise. At least on the Photos side I am using iCloud to backup my iMac/MBP and iPhone.
I backup my iMac and MBP to my NAS using Time Macchine.
I have my NAS upload all data to backblaze. However, What I am not sure and still need to check is if the Time Machine is backing up my Photo Library since they are running on an “external” (always connected) drive. the drive is NOT excluded from Time Machine so I believe I am doing it correctly.
Side Note for Photos:…
I am using Power Photos to remove duplicates, and on my experience is working fine. Not a heavy user by any means since my photo library only have 100GB of Photos and Videos. Hopefully this will give you an idea.
That’s easy enough to do. I have my backups in one folder and my media in another. The backups are done with ARQ and is encrypted, so I can’t easily share those files.
Media is still manual as I haven’t had time to automate it. I should be able to set up an rsync job on my Mac to push the pictures to unRAID. I need to look at this tool or something similar to automate downloading the iCloud photos.
Awesome! Now I’m really wanting to build one! Do you keep your photos on it? I’m in between using Photos and Lightroom right now so that’s part of my issue. I’d also ensure certain critical files and photos are backed up to the cloud.
It’s a full desktop that I put together back in 2013 and have upgraded it with inexpensive or free parts (scored a gen 2 i7 processor for free a couple months ago). The case is some cheap brand that I’ve managed to fit 6 drives into. I don’t recommend it :-).
unRAID doesn’t need a lot of CPU unless you’re doing a VM stuff. Even transcoding, while intensive, depends on the number of streams you are casting.
The main reason I went with unRAID instead of going with something from Synology was that I running a Windows 7 box as my SageTV server and I could repurpose the hardware to unRAID for just the cost of the SW license.
I also think that unRAID is more powerful and flexible then most NAS solutions, but it comes at the cost of being less user friendly and the hardware consumes more electricity.