I have a backup strategy. Both laptops we have are backed up to the NAS (network attach storage). I monthly backup data stored on NAS to the external disk. The disk is usually turned off. Moreover it is located in my office.
Sounds safe and paranoid enough, right? Wrong.
There are files which should be available from any of our laptops. The simplest solution is – place them to network drive, i.e. to the NAS. I like simplicity, therefore I did this. Unfortunately, simplest solution was also a wrong solution in this case.
I was updating one NAS located documents and something went wrong. As result file was corrupted. When this happened, I discovered that:
- Recent backed up version is about 1 month old
- Disk with backup is in my office (not easy to access weekend afternoon)
Luckily, I paid very low price for this lesson – I lost very few data.
Now, I only store very static data on the NAS. Like music I collected before spotify made this obsolete.
Files, I regularly edit are moved back to laptop. However, I still want them be reachable from all laptops.
I use entry level NAS from Synology. Synology packs a lot of features in their units. One of them called “Cloud Station” – a locally hosted “dropbox” (with clients for Windows, Mac, Linux, mobile). Now my shared files are stored in “Cloud Station” and are automatically synchronized between laptops.
I feel safe.
By the way, do you know that there is a “world backup day“?