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My local backup and sync schema is quite and likely too redundant? It involves 2 WHS servers, Humyo, SyncBack, CrashPlan, NomaDesk and Dropbox to begin with. Not all files go through all of these services, but some are accessed by 3 of them. Am I at risk for corrupting my data, or is just the metadata appended?

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Not sure howe you have this setup but it does seem a bit of an overkill. I do not think that will corrupt data, the possibility exists that you could overwrite some stuff if it is not set up correctly. I would definetly think about streamlining.

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My schema involves a 3 step process. The local files residing on the client, local backup on the WHS and online backup. I use Dropbox for the core files which I want on all of my computers. Picasa for my photos as I love it's software and it's simple sharing methods. I am testing Humyo vs. Nomadesk at the moment for the files I don't want to lose, but don't need immediately. This all supplemented by CrashPlan Central and Backup to the external HD.

I am trying to use no more than 2 syncing services per file type, and have had good luck so far. At the moment At the moment I am trying Oops Backup which is a Time Machine like software. It is fast, graphically appealing and "original". I know it's overkill, but after nearly losing my wedding and honeymoon pics I am being very cautious. I love, but don't depend entirely on WHS.

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Vail looks to finally solve all our back up problems. Scheduled backup of everything including the OS! You can never be too paranoid with backups.

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<p>My schema involves a 3 step process. The local files residing on the client, local backup on the WHS and online backup. I use Dropbox for the core files which I want on all of my computers. Picasa for my photos as I love it's software and it's simple sharing methods. I am testing Humyo vs. Nomadesk at the moment for the files I don't want to lose, but don't need immediately. This all supplemented by CrashPlan Central and Backup to the external HD. </p><p>I am trying to use no more than 2 syncing services per file type, and have had good luck so far. At the moment At the moment I am trying Oops Backup which is a Time Machine like software. It is fast, graphically appealing and "original". I know it's overkill, but after nearly losing my wedding and honeymoon pics I am being very cautious. I love, but don't depend entirely on WHS.</p>

 

1) yes, there is such a thing as too much backup, but you're so far from it I wouldn't worry about it :D

 

2) the one serious comment I have is that I think your setup is too complicated; it must be a nightmare to manage. For backup, I stick to a local copy, a copy on WHS, and a single copy offsite. BTW, I consider Picasa to be a photo sharing service rather than a backup service. I feel you should be able to retrieve any of your backed up files from the same service/location. If you want to be super cautious, you could use an external HD in addition to the local, WHS, & offsite copies; something like an IOsafe should work well.

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