RedEye9 wrote on Feb 27, 2019, 15:58:
MeanJim wrote on Feb 27, 2019, 15:45:good ideas...
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 27, 2019, 10:54:
I really don't feel like coughing up $950 dollars for a NAS to safeguard my $517 gog library. smh
The WD 10TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBWLG0100HBK-NESN
is $159 deal of the day at Amazon. Good for shucking and filling up those nas holes.
You don't need a fancy NAS or big ass USB3 drive just to backup your games. You can get a a USB3/eSATA dock pretty cheap and use old/spare drives or just buy regular old drives to backup to. I have an eSATA dock (also works in USB3), and several drives I backup to, plus a USB3 drive I keep important files on and stored in a fire safe. I like to have redundant backups. Most of my backup drives are old drives from past systems that otherwise would be collecting dust.
...if you don't care about your data.
Using old drives is like using old, used condoms. Sure, they might work for a bit but do you really want to trust in them to prevent a life altering disaster?
NASes are built for redundancy, both on the hardware and software levels. With the right configuration, they provide a recovery means that would otherwise be unavailable to you barring incredibly expensive disk recovery services which are not guaranteed.
If you follow Burrito's Backup Plan of Paranoia, you do the following:
1. Backup to an onsite NAS (Well, SAN in my case)
2. The onsite gets backed up to a secondary NAS which is only powered on to receive said backup, does the backup, tests and verifies the backup, and then powers off.
3. After the primary backup is complete, the onsite NAS does a backup to an offsite location which follows the same pattern as the on-site backup NAS.
Yeah, I get that it's just game installers from GOG but it won't end there. Once you have a NAS, you start using it.
I also cannot agree with the recommendation of using Unraid as a NAS solution. While it can do NAS-esque features, that's not what it is purpose built for.
Rather, you can do turnkey-ish solutions with NAS4Free or FreeNAS. If you want to get your hands dirty, you can start with something like Nethserver which is a good web frontend over CentOS for people who prefer easy, GUI driven tools.
Or you could start with an Ubuntu, Debian, or CentOS minimal install and build your own install specifically as a NAS.
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