I had a crash on my home media server a few weeks ago and was somewhat concerned for the safety of my data. It turned out ok, some of the files were recoverable from the file duplication on the WHS, and the remainder I got back from my USB backup. The situation exposed weaknesses in both backups though, so I wanted to look for alternatives/additional options.
Since I've got a rather large hard drive in my primary PC that isn't used for much more than the OS and some games, I decided to do a nightly replication/backup of my files from the WHS to the PC. I'm using Allway Sync for that, which a friend recommended as it has a free for personal use version. After less than a month of use though I've started getting nightly messages - which interrupt the backup - that imply I'm not a personal user due to the volume of data being processed. Today I received my final warning, indicating the program may not run at all anymore.
I've got roughly 7 thousand files containing 30gb worth of data, consisting primarily of photos and music which do not change often. Actual data that's changing on a nightly basis is closer to a dozen files or so and less than 10 meg. Apparently just scanning through the 7 thousand files looking for changes is considered 'processing' the data, even though the amount being actually replicated is trivial.
The pro license of Allway Sync is only $20 or so, so I could really just buy it. And normally I would, I'm not adverse to supporting the programmers of software I'm using. But the whole way this has gone down has left a bit of a bait and switch taste in my mouth. Has anyone found a program that is similar to Allway Sync that would do what I'm looking for?