System Backup For Home

Mozy went crazy and upped their prices by a factor of five - hello, EMC - so I'm looking for a different way to back up several Win7/Vista systems. Budget is in the low hundreds for hardware (since that's what they are now asking me for, starting in January) or $60-$100 for online/cloud storage. I have about 300GB to store, mostly pictures, text files and music. I use Win7's OS restore but don't currently have a mirror or a Ghost-style system backup. I'll reinstall if that situation arises and drop the data back on as I've done in the past.

I know the basic options - local external file storage device or cloud/online storage - but can anyone recommend specifics? Backup software for the home? Good cloud service? Good hardware? I know it's a terrible time to buy a hard drive but I'm kind of caught, I have one month before Mozy expires on me.

Thanks!

I used to have Mozy myself but quickly canned them once the new prices hit. I've signed up with Crashplan+. It's basically the same thing (cloud backup) but the standard $50/year for unlimited. They do have a 30 day free trial too so you can install that before your Mozy subscription ends and start the backups.

For home backups, especially for Windows PC, I really like Windows Home Server. And I think the licenses are running around $50 on sale now for the newest version.

Basically it creates a nightly backup image at a bit level. You can pretty much come back from bare metal in about an hour for a mid-sized drive. The server wakes up sleeping PCs overnight and does the backups. It also has an web site to allow you to log into your PCs remotely or access your media on the go.

Think it's covered in the backup thread here in the tech section somewhere.

So with either an old extra PC you have sitting around, or minimal hardware (outside of maybe HD costs which are high due to the flood in Thailand), you could have WHS setup.

Here's a Paul Thurrott write up. I stuck with the original version instead of upgrading, because I really like how I can just throw drives into a pool of storage and have data spread and/or duplicated across them automatically, a function that got removed with the newest version.

Sounds like Crashplan+ is the best way to continue the same level of backups I had with Mozy, before they went crazy. Thanks!

I like elephant drive, but then again I'm biased their offices used to be with my company.

https://www.elephantdrive.com/welcom...

MannishBoy wrote:

For home backups, especially for Windows PC, I really like Windows Home Server. And I think the licenses are running around $50 on sale now for the newest version.

Basically it creates a nightly backup image at a bit level. You can pretty much come back from bare metal in about an hour for a mid-sized drive. The server wakes up sleeping PCs overnight and does the backups. It also has an web site to allow you to log into your PCs remotely or access your media on the go.

Think it's covered in the backup thread here in the tech section somewhere.

So with either an old extra PC you have sitting around, or minimal hardware (outside of maybe HD costs which are high due to the flood in Thailand), you could have WHS setup.

Here's a Paul Thurrott write up. I stuck with the original version instead of upgrading, because I really like how I can just throw drives into a pool of storage and have data spread and/or duplicated across them automatically, a function that got removed with the newest version.

I also use the the original whs it is great and Mannish covered the rest.

MannishBoy wrote:

For home backups, especially for Windows PC, I really like Windows Home Server. And I think the licenses are running around $50 on sale now for the newest version.

Basically it creates a nightly backup image at a bit level. You can pretty much come back from bare metal in about an hour for a mid-sized drive. The server wakes up sleeping PCs overnight and does the backups. It also has an web site to allow you to log into your PCs remotely or access your media on the go.

Think it's covered in the backup thread here in the tech section somewhere.

So with either an old extra PC you have sitting around, or minimal hardware (outside of maybe HD costs which are high due to the flood in Thailand), you could have WHS setup.

Here's a Paul Thurrott write up. I stuck with the original version instead of upgrading, because I really like how I can just throw drives into a pool of storage and have data spread and/or duplicated across them automatically, a function that got removed with the newest version.

Great idea. Doesn't help if the house burns down but if that happens I suppose you might have other things on your mind.

farley3k wrote:

Great idea. Doesn't help if the house burns down but if that happens I suppose you might have other things on your mind.

It's one layer of defense. I've also been thinking about doing Crash Plan, which allows you to do VPN backups to your own equipment in addition to theirs. So if I update my server, I could put one at my mom's as well and sync data to it.

But it's nice to have a bunch of local media storage, and recovering a PC is much faster that it would be if you had to rebuild from a download.

Crash Plan + is working just fine. Thanks everyone!