Backup Raid - Remove a disk for nightly transport offsite
Posted on 2013-01-14
Ok, so I am tired of dealing with software based backup solutions, I have tried file syncers, full backup programs like Symantec and Acronis, all have their faults and being one person at a large company backups have become a serious stress point.
1 Backup server running WinServer 2k3
1 3TB drive that gets all the networks data synced to it. (it syncs out mailserver data folders and our filesever data folder)
We have 5 3TB drives attached via USB 3.0, One for each day plus the "week" number
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Week#
we take the current week number home and swap with the oldest and the cycle continues.
The file sync works perfectly from the network to the one main drive but as I try to sync all the other drives on a daily basis, it becomes bogged down.
The issue is the number of files. We have 2.5TB of data and seemingly millions of files and folders, no sync program can handle it properly and the other programs seem to have image errors constantly.
The main drive works fine because it has a current copy and there are only a few gb's of data to sync. The problem lies is syncing the other drives which are days (and exponential gb) larger.
So I would like a standalone system that I can send files to as backup and then take one drive out of that system each day and replace it with a new one (or previously used in the array) and have it rebuild a backup with the latest data.
I do not know much about raid but surely there has to be a solution like this out there?
So like maybe a hot swappable raid computer that has 6-8 bays, where it syncs all the files and I can take one drive out (that I can access the files from on any computer) and stick in a new one to be "rebuilt" to mirror the main?
Not sure if I am explaining my problem properly so feel free to ask for clarification, this has become a huge stress point for me and I'll take any advice.