Looking for best backup and synchronization software for external media and remote/online
Posted on 2011-02-21
Hi please can someone help me?
I am looking to implement a good backup and synchronization solution for my data on my network. I have some specific needs / considerations that I believe make this operation a bit unusual and as such I would like some expert advice. I have looked online and in forums about things like rsync and unison etc., but there are so many out there, and some are free, some expensive I feel a little lost with it all.
My network comprises of 4-5 computers (all now Windows 7, one of which is Ultimate, rest are Home Premium). The computers are part of a Homegroup and appear to see each other fine.
The Win 7 Ultimate PC has a 1tb external drive connected via USB that holds all my business data.
The network is served by a linksys WAG320N router, and the Win7 Ultimate PC with the USB data drive is wired into this.
The network also has a PogoPlug Pro connected with a wired connection into the router. This PogoPlug has connected an identical drive to the 1tb data drive on my main computer.
Originally I had wanted to use the PogoPlug as a local network fileserver but I found it too slow to be effective. Additionally I was unable to map the drives and as such some of my programs that expected/needed files in certain locations would not work. It is possible that with better knowledge and more research I could have improved all of this, but I did not have time and my gut feeling was that it was better to connect the drive up to a PC.
There is a need for the Pogoplug and I am very happy with it. I need to be able to access the data files when I am away from my network and also to allow users/clients to login to specific folders to access files. Based on this, I want the data drive to backup or synch to this drive (ideally as close to simultaneous as possible) so I have access to the most up to date data available. I also like the idea of having the data drive backed up to another drive to protect my data.
I have a reseller account with unlimited online storage and my plan is to have my data backed up to this too. This does not have to happen simultaneously, it could be nightly or weekly or whatever you advise.
Ideally I would like to use synchronization technology over standard backup, like rsync or similar. If my research is correct it is more efficient as it only modifies the bit of the file that has changed rather than updasting the whole lot.
I'd prefer a solution with a GUI over command-line as I am a little daunted about a command-line solution and other people in my team will be totally freaked and are almost certainly not going to adopt this. If there is a free solution that is great, but I am equally happy to buy software (ideally not much more than $100 if we can avoid it).
Kind regards and thank you for your time,