Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 28, 2019, 06:39:
If we were talking about an enterprise backup solution, we'd be discussing a level of cost that is beyond the average consumer. However, we're not discussing that are we? We're discussing robust, functional, and manageable NAS deployments that provide redundancy and resiliency. Two key points your solution would utterly fail a simple audit on.
No, you seem to keep forgetting we're just
discussing backing up game installers from GOG, nothing else. A NAS is still beyond what the average user needs when a simple external drive will do the job. Any backup is better than no backup. Would a NAS be better? You have to consider if it is worth the cost for what's being backed up. As the person I replied to already discovered, the cost of a NAS big enough to backup their GOG library would cost twice as much as what they paid for the game library.
I don't consider my games or game installers as super important data. I backup my GOG installers as well as my Steam library to external drives mainly as a convenience to save myself the hassle of re-downloading them if the drive in my system craps out. I keep two copies of each besides the working copy on my system. The only thing a NAS would do in this situation is add unnecessary cost.
Going off topic, for data that I do consider important and irreplaceable, documents, digital pictures, etc., it's actually not that much data (less than 100GB). I have online backups as well as at least four hard copies of my really important data. Whenever I go out of town I take a copy with me in case my house burns down or gets robbed. I could add an NAS to the mix, but I don't need, or want, my backup drive(s) running 24/7 making them susceptible to viruses, malware or network intrusion. I would not rely on just a NAS as my only backup, nor is a NAS fire or theft proof, so I would continue to keep backups on external drives for those purposes. Once again, in this situation, a NAS would only add unnecessary cost.
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