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What are currently the best price-to-service online backup solutions for WHS? RRS feed

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  • BACKGROUND: Hello everyone, I'm new to the forums and have been pouring through the work you've all done on these boards (particularly Ken, thank you). Having lost my data a couple times, I'm determined not to let it happen again for me or my family. I've decided to take an old working computer and install WHS so my sister in NY and my mother in NH can backup their computers to me in MA. Additionally, it will serve to host video and music to my living room media center computer. A total of 4 (maybe 5 if my girlfriend wishes) computers will be connected to it, 2 of which are local.

    QUESTION: My immediate question is, while I think I have my backups covered, there's still an issue of fire, water, or something else that destroys my WHS and I lose all my backups. Should I use an online backup service like Keepvault? If I do, what are the the cheapest or best price-to-quality services out there? Should I re-think how I have my family back up their data?

    Thank you everyone for helping!

    Friday, March 19, 2010 5:27 PM

Answers

  • The best value for money option is to back up to a number of different external drives and store them off site (maybe in separate locations).

    Each online backup provider has different rates depending on how much you wish to store and their prices change over time - you might find more info from forums like http://homeserverland.com http://wegotserved.com and the like - also a quick goolge will pull up the main players:

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=online+backup+%22Windows+Home+Server%22&meta=&rlz=1I7GGLD_en

    Bear in mind when you've lost your data are you going to be happy download 250GB on your internet connection - if you are only looking at 5GB or so then there are hacks to use mesh, live, google and so on but do you want to secure your data with something that is unprotected.

    Also you might want to take a look at Wuala which is provided by Lacie - and there is some talk of them getting it working better with Windows Home Server, but you can always use this on a client PC.


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    • Marked as answer by CXWong Thursday, March 25, 2010 2:38 AM
    Friday, March 19, 2010 7:27 PM

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  • Windows Home Server doesn't support backing up remote computers, I'm afraid. There are various hacks and workarounds you could use to implement this, but restoring an entire computer from a remote location is basically never going to work, due to the design of the restore process.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Friday, March 19, 2010 6:17 PM
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  • I suppose I was thinking more along the lines of keeping the key data safe rather than being able to operate WHS from some offsite backup. So, even though my WHS and computers might be gone, I figure I can probably create/build a new WHS and download the data and backup images from the backup provider. Then, I can actually restore my other computers.

    I haven't actually used WHS yet, so I might not know what I'm talking about... let me know if I'm not thinking about this the right way.

    If online backup is not an alternative, how do I protect myself from a fire/water worst-case scenario?

    Friday, March 19, 2010 6:25 PM
  • The best value for money option is to back up to a number of different external drives and store them off site (maybe in separate locations).

    Each online backup provider has different rates depending on how much you wish to store and their prices change over time - you might find more info from forums like http://homeserverland.com http://wegotserved.com and the like - also a quick goolge will pull up the main players:

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=online+backup+%22Windows+Home+Server%22&meta=&rlz=1I7GGLD_en

    Bear in mind when you've lost your data are you going to be happy download 250GB on your internet connection - if you are only looking at 5GB or so then there are hacks to use mesh, live, google and so on but do you want to secure your data with something that is unprotected.

    Also you might want to take a look at Wuala which is provided by Lacie - and there is some talk of them getting it working better with Windows Home Server, but you can always use this on a client PC.


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    • Marked as answer by CXWong Thursday, March 25, 2010 2:38 AM
    Friday, March 19, 2010 7:27 PM
  • Yeah, I've done the google search.  I suppose there's no easy answer to my backup question.  I won't mind downloading such a large amount of data once in a blue moon since I don't expect to do so frequently.  I figure once I get over the hurdle of the initial upload, then any incremental changes won't be such a big deal. 

    Ken and Al, I appreciate your help and attempts to answer my question. Thank you very much.


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    Thursday, March 25, 2010 2:38 AM
  • My hard drive crashed and I lost all my family photos and precious data. Thankfully I had my computer backed up online with MyPCBackup and I was able to quickly recover everything. you can get more information from here.... http://trackhelper.com/cpv/base.php?c=81&key=e43be6991cdca83f2454f5114c9ebb0f&placement=social.microsoft.com Hope this information helps you.
    Monday, January 30, 2012 6:04 AM