Backup Software To Server

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  1. GulfVetSAF macrumors member

    GulfVetSAF

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    Got a quick question. I am a firm believer in redundant backups... I have Time Capsule for my Mac devices and a portable HD for my Windows (boot camp) partition etc. In the event of something unfortunate happening (like a bomb blowing up my home), and my Time Capsule & externals are destroyed... I'd like to have system backed up to a remote server.

    I have a personal website that has unlimited storage. What I'm wondering is, is there a program out there that can run scheduled backups for me uploading them to my server (compressing, encrypting, uploading only changed files with an ability to schedule etc.).

    I really don't feel like using FTP to transfer everything... for obvious reasons (security, lack of the aforementioned protocols etc.). It would only end up being a mess anyway as I wouldn't remember what files I've added/changed. I'm wanting to upload my movies, pictures, docs, and music (which is a significant chunk of hard drive space), but it would be nice to have something to do it for me!

    I did just find AASync, but it's a purchased program (using the demo now just to check it out). But I'd prefer an open-source application and something that runs a little faster with a better interface.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Reread your TOS for your web host. Typically those unlimited space providers specifically disallow using their storage for backups. Besides, unlimited really isn't unlimited, once you start using a lot of space, they typically throttle down your bandwidth and/or send you violation notices.
     
  3. Bear macrumors G3

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    Make sure you encrypt everything that you're backing up online then.

    Do you have a safe deposit box at a bank large enough to hold an external drive? Or a friend you trust to hold on to a backup drive? Of course I'd encrypt those drives.
     
  4. GulfVetSAF thread starter macrumors member

    GulfVetSAF

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    Thanks guys... I read up on my host's TOS and you were right (which I had actually thought might be the case).

    For now, I'm just going to create an encrypted sparsebundle with my important docs- a small file which includes my will, and a few other things I want offsite and I'll just upload that to my server.

    I looked into several of the online backup sites and they simply don't cut it considering the cost, alleged security and features available (SOSBackup looked the best but I'm declining).

    I have a kick ass firesafe (commercial type) that is bolted to the floor inside my office closet here at home. I already have one external drive that I have my windows partition backed up on locked in there... so I just went ahead and ordered another one to backup my iMac using SuperDuper.

    Appreciate the comments.
     
  5. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Have you looked at Crashplan? $3/month for unlimited backup of a computer... or $6/month for unlimited backup of all your computers. The encryption is done on your own machine. This is as close to "free" as I can imagine. My main computer backup set is 1.4TB. I back up 6 computers.

    Jim
     

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