The Data Backup Thread (& request for more suggestions)

I need to adjust my backup strategy and am looking for fresh recommendations.

I’d been using Windows File History —> Synology NAS —> Backblaze B2. Then my wife got a Mac, and Synology’s Time Machine support is not good.

Should she just get a personal Backblaze account? Or should we look at something else? We’ve got the NAS, the B2 storage, and OneDrive already available as destination options.

It’d be convenient to have the same cross-platform software running on her laptop, my laptop, and our gaming PC, but that’s not a must.

There's almost certainly someone better qualified on here who can give you a better answer. But for what it's worth, I send my client PCs to the Synology via Veeam, which has a free agent and I believe is also available on Mac. Once on the Synology we go to Backblaze from there. That way you won't need a separate Backblaze account for her.

(trying to move this conversation over to here from the "Finished Any Games" thread)

Vrikk wrote:
Jonman wrote:
Budo wrote:

Meh, I was close to getting a new one anyway. The annoying part is the cash I have to drop for data recovery on the hard drive.

You're really selling that $50 I give to Backblaze annually.

Wait, what? Why is mine $70? Is it because I back up an external hard drive to Backblaze instead of my internal SSD?

(Backblaze is great, btw. Everyone should have it. It's dirt cheap and wonderful.)

What's the advantage of Backblaze, over OneDrive's 1TB of cloud storage that I get with Office 365?

merphle wrote:

What's the advantage of Backblaze, over OneDrive's 1TB of cloud storage that I get with Office 365?

Well, not being limited to 1TB for starters.

*Legion* wrote:
merphle wrote:

What's the advantage of Backblaze, over OneDrive's 1TB of cloud storage that I get with Office 365?

Well, not being limited to 1TB for starters.

Yeah, fair enough. I don't think I'm anywhere near that limit, though I'm only backing up documents, photos, game-saves - stuff that's in my home dir, basically.

1TB ought to be enough for anybody.

merphle wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
merphle wrote:

What's the advantage of Backblaze, over OneDrive's 1TB of cloud storage that I get with Office 365?

Well, not being limited to 1TB for starters.

Yeah, fair enough. I don't think I'm anywhere near that limit, though I'm only backing up documents, photos, game-saves - stuff that's in my home dir, basically.

1TB ought to be enough for anybody. ;)

1TB wouldn't cover half my furry porn.

merphle wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
merphle wrote:

What's the advantage of Backblaze, over OneDrive's 1TB of cloud storage that I get with Office 365?

Well, not being limited to 1TB for starters.

Yeah, fair enough. I don't think I'm anywhere near that limit, though I'm only backing up documents, photos, game-saves - stuff that's in my home dir, basically.

1TB ought to be enough for anybody. ;)

OneDrive is a perfectly adequate solution for low-volume backups. It's what my parents started using after CrashPlan killed off CrashPlan Home, and I've seen no reason to nudge them towards a different solution. Granted, OneDrive is more of a "cloud drive with backup functionality cobbled in" rather than a true comprehensive backup offering, but for a personal end-user system, it works.

If you needed your backups pre-encrypted with a key that the remote provider doesn't have access to, that's the sort of functionality you'd need a service like Backblaze for. For businesses there's obviously value in that. For end users, if you don't mind that Microsoft technically could load up your Baldur's Gate savegame and see how trash your party is, you can probably forego it.

*Legion* wrote:

If you needed your backups pre-encrypted with a key that the remote provider doesn't have access to, that's the sort of functionality you'd need a service like Backblaze for. For businesses there's obviously value in that. For end users, if you don't mind that Microsoft technically could load up your Baldur's Gate savegame and see how trash your party is, you can probably forego it.

As it turns out, I already have a scheduled task that emails my BG2 savegame to BillG himself every week so he can laugh at my expense, so this isn't too much of a concern for me. Thank you!