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Cheaper online backups?
« on: November 05, 2009, 10:15:38 AM »

Followup to Geoff's article on Backup's: Geoff suggests that we use Amazon's cloud storage to backup our data. While I've never been CTO of anything more than my house, I've got some experience in this area. Instead of using Amazon, I keep my online storage at a friends house.

The steps:
- Buy external drive(s) of what ever size you need (mine is currently 1.5 TB)
- Do an initial backup with the disk in your house
- Take the disk to your friends house and install on a server there
- Do incremental backups over the internet
- Every few months bring the disk home and do fresh full backup.

- you need a static IP address at your friend's house - there are services to handle this for you (ex:
- you need a backup program that works over FTP. I use SyncBackSe (

It takes a bit more time to get organized than Amazon and Jungle Disk - but backups are faster and if you ever have a failure you just walk/drive to your friends house.

BTW what ever you do please test your backups frequently.

Mark Levison
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