After a disk crash of 3 disks at once, I need a better backup strategy. In principle, Backblaze would be the right thing for me, but my data volume and my DSL bandwidth just don't match. Since I handle large files (VMs) frequently, syncing via DSL would simply take too long.

Therefore I am looking for a local solution that works similar.

The software must

  • sync files from my PCs to the server
  • client runs on Windows 7 x64 and Windows 10 x64
  • server could be OS (Ubuntu knowledge is available), but should be easy to administrate
  • server supports RAID 1 mirroring
  • file system support for disks of 8+ TB

Once set up, the client should not ask any questions, so my children and my wife can simply continue working without any interruptions.

  • If you plan to crash disks 3 at a time, you'll need more than RAID 0 :) More seriously, mirroring is RAID 1, and for large disks you may want RAID 6 (that's the one I use for a 16 TB NAS). Feb 9, 2016 at 23:44
  • @FranckDernoncourt: if I have RAID mirroring in my PC (2 disks) and RAID mirroring (2 disks) on the NAS side, that's 4 disks in total. Hopefully this will be sufficient. And I have learned to buy disks from different vendors. Feb 11, 2016 at 19:45

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Inside your own home network, it keep it simple - your backup system dosen't need to be aware of what its talking to.

I'd set up a ubuntu server to taste and consider two possible options.

Bitorrent sync is a good option if 'you don't even want to think about it'. Set it up on both ends, optionally disable its ability to connect outside a lan.

I went with a samba share (or three. I like redundancy) and a application that does file syncing. I went with bvckup2 - its not free but I've run it since the betas and its fairly competent, fast and reliable. You could swap it out for a free alternative, but I'd like to leave that as an exercise for you.

Both alternatives should work great on any platform. Btsync is polished and runs on everything under the sun. Samba + bvckup gives me a little more flexibility since I do local backups to a second drive as well.

  • bvckup2 is great. Bought 5 licenses. Feb 27, 2016 at 20:47

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  • Price info: for >1TB storage it requires the Enterprise Edition for ~300 USD Feb 11, 2016 at 20:02

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