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I won't elaborate on how it went missing because I'm too embarrassed. Let's just say it's no longer in my van where I kept it. This has caused me to reevaluate my 3-2-1 disaster recovery plan. It caused me to investigate CrashPlan. CrashPlan is designed to backup your files and not your complete system. I also like to have images for quick recovery so I don't have to rebuild my system.

 

1)WHS 2011 backs up all my computers for BMR. WHS Server Backup backs up my server for BMR. Since my Server runs as a VM on Windows 8 Pro Acronis 2014 backs up my system drive.

 

2)CrashPlan Cloud Backup backs up all my documents, videos and music to the Cloud. I will also backup Acronis images of my computers to the Cloud since CrashPlan has unlimited data storage. I know, I love my music.

 

3)Now for Near-Site storage. I have a WHS 2011 at my parents house. CrashPlan has a function to backup a friends computer. You can actually create a backup archive of your files and move it to a friends computer so you can start backing up only changed files right away. I will also have Acronis images of my computers on the hard drive with my CrashPlan backup archives.

 

I know this sounds like a CrashPlan commercial. I've been really impressed with what I've seen so far. Please let me know your thoughts on how I could possibly improve this plan.

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How much data are you looking at for the nearline?

I am using IOsafe products for this type of application.

 

Fire safes can be a good choice, but you need to be careful and get one that is disk drive rated. Generally, max non-operating temp for a drive is 150-170.

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Not sure about total amount of data at the moment. I purchased a 4TB drive just to be safe. My only concern about having it in the home is theft.

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So whats the difference between someone stealing it at your place as opposed to the in-laws?

 

If someone breaks into my house, stealing data is going to be the least of their concerns.  One thing to consider is putting the NAS, server, or data storage unit in a out of the way place that no one is going to take the time to search for.

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They can steal my On-Site and Near-Site if both are at my house. If they steal it from my relatives house they will only steal the Near-Site. This is like a Chess Game you have to anticipate several moves ahead :D

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Or get yourself a nice, high end gun safe. One that is water/fire/disaster proof. Store the HDDs in there. And that way.... you don't have to worry about somebody breaking into your va-- house and walking off with it. (I mean one of the 4-5ft tall ones, that way 600+lbs). :)

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I've always wanted one but never was able to find the funds or the place to put it. I'm also trying to alleviate having to disconnect a drive and store it somewhere. 

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Or get yourself a nice, high end gun safe. One that is water/fire/disaster proof. Store the HDDs in there. And that way.... you don't have to worry about somebody breaking into your va-- house and walking off with it. (I mean one of the 4-5ft tall ones, that way 600+lbs). :)

You need to be careful with gun safes, most hold the temp between 200-300F. If you have a gun safe, I recommend putting your drive in a small data fire safe/box and putting that in the gun safe. Something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/First-Alert-2040F-Water-Media/dp/B000GB0K8U

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