Fail Safe Configuration for External Backup Drives
Posted on 2011-04-30
I learned a hard lesson last week. My Maxtor external hard drive went belly up while I was in the process of reinstalling my OS on my laptop, and I lost some data.
Anyway, the process made me think about making my backup data on my external hard drives more disaster-proof.
Here's the setup I'm envisioning.
1. I'm currently using Acronis and CrashPlan on all home office laptops and workstations. All Acronis and CrashPlan files are saved to a big-ass 2 TB external HD.
2. The 2 TB drive contains additional data that is static that I've already backed up on DVDs.
3. I have a second 500 GB HD that I'll use to backup the critical data on the 2 TB drive. I figure I'll use something like Allway Sync.
Here's my concern, my setup is somewhat complex, and with a backup plan, simple is always better. Any suggestions on how to simplify this?