I’ve been doing backups for about 5 years now after experiencing severe data loss of all my files I had accumulated over the years. One of the reasons I started this website is helping people avoid data loss and getting the right online backup service for their needs.
As I get many emails asking me about which tools and backups I use I thought why not create a resource page where I list briefly my tools of trade so that you can decide if you want to apply the same strategy as I do for your data. If you read Cloudbackuping.com frequently you know that I get a little obsessive about backups – so you might not need everything I use on this list.
Online Backup Services
I simply love online backup. For as low as a Caffè Latte per month I can have my data backed up and enjoy piece of mind. Also, I can access my data wherever I want. Here are some of the tools I use myself to protect my files:
I use JustCloud to backup specific files and folders on my hard drive. JustCloud is an unlimited online backup service which also allows me to sync my files (1GB free sync folder) and share them with friends and family. Currently I have around 500GB of my files on their servers.
Backblaze is one of my favorite online backup services. The beauty of Backblaze is that once installed you totally forget about it until you need it. It runs completely in the backup and just backs up everything. You can exclude files that you don’t want to back up, though. Being an unlimited online backup service you never have to worry about running out of space.
As obsessive as I am with backup I always have multiple layers of backups. I feel quite safe with two online backups in place but I’d like to add another layer of security having local backups as well. So here come my current configuration:
1. Time Machine Backup on 2TB Time Capsule
As I am working on a Mac I use Time Machine to backup my files on my main working machine to my Time Capsule. This is enough space for all the data I have to access on a regular basis, or restore prior versions of files.
2. Backup and archival on my NAS
For backup and archival I currently use a Synology NAS DS212+ which I’ve setup as my primary NAS that I can access from everywhere I go. The great part about Synology is that I can create different user groups so that they can upload data to my NAS. This is important to me as I work with a couple of freelancers who frequently send me large video files.
Keep in mind that the NAS doesn’t come with hard drives, so you have to buy a couple of those, too. For me, two 2TB Western Digitals give me plenty of room for extra backups and security. Overall, I am quite satisfied with the speed of both the NAS and the Western Digitals.
You can’t have enough backups!
Some people might say: Mauricio, you’re crazy. However, my personal motto is that you cannot have enough backups. The least you should have is an online backup and a local backup. Please, do me the favor: react before it is too late. I’ve heard so many crazy stories of how people lost their data in the wildest situations. Don’t procrastinate your backups – get one now!
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