[sclug] NAS

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Thu Nov 3 17:13:25 UTC 2011

On 03/11/11 13:46, Neil Haughton wrote:
> Has anyone built themselves a low-power NAS?
> I need to make my burgeoning collection of photos and music files (and
> other things) more resilient than at present (currently it is all on a
> single SATA drive). 

I tried NAS but it did seem a bit slow  using conventional 100Mb/s
ethernet. So I changed tack to use a large HD (2TB) 'A' in my tower PC
and used this as a 'data' HD. For backup I use a similar 2TB hd 'B' in
the same PC case, and at the end of each day I use rsync to mirror
differences to the backup drive. Rsync is efficient, and within the
same PC it is fast. A small script means it is almost one click.

The PC OS's are on a 300GB 'small' hd and I use the data A drive for
my 'serious' work.
The OS I use day to day (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS) runs an automatic backup
for itself daily, and saves it to the data 'A', so essential daily OS
stuff also gets copied A to B later in the day.

I also use spideroak (and also ubuntu one to some extent) as a large
off site store of stuff such as photos, which are less replaceable
than most  of the A to B contents. After all, A and B are both
vulnerable to local single PC disasters.

alan cocks
Ubuntu user

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