A Look at ioSafe and Synology: Two Storage Solutions for Protecting Data From Any Disaster

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    Many of us keep backups of our data on hard drives, using Apple's Time Machine, but how many of us keep multiple copies? And copies that are protected from not only disk failures, but also natural disaster? Estimates suggest 30 percent of people have never backed up their data, and the number of people who keep multiple backups is even lower.

    With World Backup Day coming up, we teamed up with ioSafe and Synology to explore the consumer-oriented backup options they offer and to demonstrate the importance of keeping several copies of your data by simulating the effects of a house fire on the hardware.

    If you're not familiar with ioSafe and Synology, ioSafe is best known for its disaster proof solutions, producing a range of hard drives that can withstand fire and water damage. Synology is known for its line of DiskStation NAS devices and for its DiskStation Manager software, which can be used for hassle-free backups, personal cloud storage, and more.

    We traveled to Seattle to meet up with ioSafe and Synology to test out a Synology BeyondCloud NAS paired with an ioSafe Solo G3, a multi-backup solution that protects data from all kinds of damage, from hard drive failures to a house fire. We checked out some of the things you can do with the setup and then we set it all on fire.

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    If you want to jump right to the good stuff, aka the fire, watch the video below. We filmed everything so you could see how the ioSafe G3 held up and watch the data recovery process. After watching the video, you can read on for more details on how the Synology BeyondCloud and ioSafe G3 work together and what you can do with them.

    Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post -- we're going to be giving away a complete backup solution consisting of a 3TB Synology DiskStation BeyondCloud NAS and a 3TB ioSafe Solo G3.



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  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

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  3. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    Surely neither are as good as saving on the cloud.
     
  4. digitalrampage macrumors regular

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    I can assure you as a frontline worker with Apple customers, it's more like 30% HAVE a backup, of which about 20% are more then 3 months old or faulty.
     
  5. mgipe macrumors demi-god

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    The way this is worded, it sounds like they will be giving the lucky winner a set of badly charred hard disks.
     
  6. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

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    Wouldn't be surprised if that were the case. It boggles my mind how few people backup their computers or their iOS devices.

    And I actually find offsite backup more important than these contraptions. Something like CRashPlan is good because it's on a server in another location altogether.
     
  7. taptic macrumors 65816

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    they specifically said, they think the cloud is great, but for anything above about a terabyte its easier to store it on a hard drive.
     
  8. Saucesome2000 macrumors 6502

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    I agree. I work for an Apple reseller and 30% having backups seems wayyyy closer my experience.
     
  9. MrCrowbar macrumors 68000

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    I use time machine over WIFI (USB hard drive connected to a Mac Mini, all other devices back up to that) and once a month I clone the hard drives (SuperDuper) to another USB hard drive that I keep in the basement in an airtight plastic box.

    I live in the top floor of my building so if my apartment burns down, I still got all the stuff in the basement. If the house burns down, the fire brigade is quite fast and either my apartment or the basement should be fine. If the basement is flooded (from the water used to extinguish the flames or just plain old flood), the tupperware box floats up. It's not connected to power either so it's protected from power surges and small EMP as well.

    Best of all: My data is not floating around in a cloud and I don't run into internet bandwidth issues.
     
  10. digitalrampage macrumors regular

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    Don't worry! I Have iCloud!!

    You'd be amazed how many believe iCloud has backed up everything...
     
  11. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Because in the event of a world devastating earthquake, most peoples first priority is retrieving data. :rolleyes:

    Jk, I know its for smaller events, such as losing the hard drive or it being stolen lol.
     
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    I'm continuously irritated when iOS users buy phones from stores and the reps don't show them how to EASILY set up iCloud backup. Completely unacceptable when it's part of the initial setup process. My wife works for one of the cellphone companies and she said it's because they 1. Don't know how to do it (not sure how that's possible) and 2. Don't want to take the thirty seconds so they can get to the next customer.
     
  14. bennibeef macrumors 6502

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    Anyone know what kind/brand of mini wireless AP this is in the picture sitting on top of the ioSafe?

    Its tiny!
     
  15. glitch44 macrumors 65816

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    Is there a problem with the Rafflecopter widget? I tells me to fill in a line, but doesn't ask a question:

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  16. digitalrampage macrumors regular

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    The cloud just means you are relying on someone else to keep all of your precious memories both protected and secure. Nothing beats something at home for security and speed. Cloud is only handy in my experience for data you do not care if someone else got hold of.

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  17. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

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    I do two separate ones also. Both clones, one at my house and one at a relatives. A week apart.
    As for backups though, yes. Nobody I know personally backs up regularly despite me telling them they need to.
     
  18. gotluck macrumors 603

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    we have a handful of iosafes, better than having to transport backups offsite (burglary risk aside), we also cant use the cloud
     
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    Sorry, there was an issue with this entry. It's fixed now, shouldn't be asked to fill anything in.
     
  20. solamar macrumors regular

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    When you have terabytes of data, the cloud is not a good option. I've whole DVD/Blue-ray collections that would take almost a year to upload to the cloud! LOL

    Local solutions for audio and video enthusiasts is really the only way to go really.

    I love my Synology DS1512+, I backup all my systems, I run a TeamSpeak 3 server, basic blog, file server, and VPN server to connect to my home network securely when traveling.. Extremely versatile NAS solution.
     
  21. JuanAntonioA macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, let's launch a few hard drives into the space in case Earth is attacked by monsters.

    I am sticking with the cloud services :)
     
  22. aerok macrumors 65816

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    I use Crash Plan for cloud backup and 2 external HD for local backup. I think I'm safe.
     
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    Lots of monsters are already living on this earth!
     
  24. aerok macrumors 65816

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    Are you sure? Cloud backups aren't resistant to alien invasions.
     
  25. solamar macrumors regular

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    If it's RAID, maybe, but generally, very true! :p
     

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