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How do you backup your data to protect your files and important media?

For me I was backing everything up to an external hard drive and hoping that would keep me safe; however, for some time I've been saving up for and planning to make use of a NAS device and just recently I purchased one and a couple of NAS-level hard drives. So now I have my data backing up to an external weekly, which then backs up to the NAS weekly. I have my data saved in two different ways, just to be safe. I would like an offsite option, as well, so I have my data in triplicate, but the one I was using I've found to not be ideal for my situation, so I'm looking for an offsite backup solution, as well. Just for safety.
 
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Google Photos is a good option for photos. I have a local copy as well.

I use Google Drive and OneDrive for cloud storage. I keep very important files in local storage.

NAS is very tempting. I am thinking about using a lightweight home server using Raspberry Pi.
 
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@Abhi I think a lightweight NAS Would be a great option for a first NAS. I would 100% advocate for having a NAS device of some description, they're fantastic! I've only had mind for a little while now and it has completely automated so many processes for me. I adore it! Backups are automatic, photo storage is auto-synced, off-site cloud backups of it's backups are automated, just a fantastic way to keep everything organized and safe!
 
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I back up my Word Files often as I use them daily. We also have Carbonite. For those who don’t know, it’s an American company that offers an online backup service available to Windows & macOS users. It backs up everything. It is great for when you get a new computer. Also beneficial for when you lose a file, they keep them for so many days. Backs up files, pictures, anything stored on your computer.
 
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Do you know that you can install something like NextCloud in one of those hosting services and still get it done ? There is peace of mind that no one else has access to your data.
 
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@admin Oh yeah, NextCloud is a fantastic option! It can indeed be deployed on shared hosting, it can even be deployed on the free tier of AWS, though that quickly becomes limiting, but it is, strictly speaking, possible! It's amazing how diverse cloud storage options are becoming for personal control.
 
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> @PGen98 it can even be deployed on the free tier of AWS,

That is very useful.

I think there are a couple of alternatives too for NextCloud.
 
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@admin Yep, there are options like pCloud, OwnCloud and so on! All great options!
 
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Try backing up a site daily gets annoying I might find a back up system :D
 
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Oh for sure, automated backup systems are fantastic!
 
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I just enabled it on my web hosts end :)
 
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How long does it take to back up your site or forum? Is it quite easy to do?
 
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Normally under 10 minutes if it is not a huge forum. I am talking about database backup. Then there are attachments and software files. Full backup might take much more time to generate.

But in most cases, SQL backup is more than enough.
 
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I agree with the above. If you forum is immensely popular, lot of posts and topics, avatars, images, attachments etc, then it will take some time. Otherwise, 30 minutes or less is more or less a standard.
 
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@admin that’s what I worry, the bigger it grows the harder it is to backup and move hosts.
 
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I use an external SSD and cloud storage to back up. I usually do manual backups. ^^
 

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