Running out of remote backup options…and other stuff

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So for about 2 years or so I’ve been using Crashplan to have a remote backup of our home computers. It worked great for $15.00 a month I had unlimited storage for up to 10 computers. All total I was/am backing up about two and half terabytes of data. Yesterday the news went out that Crashplan will no longer be offering a consumer version of their service. I have until November 5th to figure out another option. The problem is there really is no other option, at least not one that doesn’t cost and arm and leg and that actually has a Linux client. I’m doing my best to follow the 3-2-1 rule of thumb and having a very difficult time doing so.

Just so you know the 3-2-1 rule is

  • Have 3 copies of your data
  • Have 2 local copies on different storage types (one is the original, and the other is a copy on a local external drive or Network attached storage system)
  • Have 1 backup off-site in another location.

Following this, if the original gets lost you can restore from your local copy, and if anything catastrophic ever happens (fire, lighting strike etc..etc..etc.) then you can get your data from the off-site backup. The problem is I’m running out of cost effective ways to have off-site backup.  I’m possibly looking into using Google Cloud storage, or Amazons S3. But I’m not quite sure yet.

In other news….. I went and took my placement test yesterday for college. Turns out I need two math classes. The bad news is they have no online math classes and I don’t know how I’m going to be able to the math credits I need. I’m still working on figuring that out…..

On February 14, 2014 at 08:09AM Angel Said…

Here’s a few photo’s of Mark‘s new computer. Pardon the mess in the pictures we had the living room torn up moving things around.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

This computer was a purchased to replace an 8 year old Gateway AMD Quadcore. It’s being used in the living as both my husbands primary gaming rig and our Media center using XBMC to serve up media off our home server.

We’ve built our computer, but this time we didn’t feel like the hassle. We have Microcenter about 15 minutes away and purchased all the component through them. We decided it was worth the cost ($100.00) to have them do the assembly. They Did a fantastic Job and had the rig ready for pickup within 48 hours. If you know what you want in your computer but don’t want the hassle of assembly and have a microcenter nearby I highly recommend their service.

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