Backup strategy for personal data (non-business)



  • Hi everyone
    I'm curious how you backup your personal data at home. It took me years to figure out the simple backup strategy I'm currently living, going from multiple backups on multiple external hard disks, cloud and NAS storage to where I am now. While I preach backing up data everytime data loss comes up with a friend, I myself neglected it for too long. There is luck involved in me never experiencing serious data loss before I finally found a way to make it comfortable for me.

    So for now it looks like this:
    Phone contacts and calendar entries get synced to my owncloud. Other data on the phone like pictures and such are not important or if so I upload them to the cloud on creation.
    Everything important on my pc (including a synced version of my owncloud) is the a D : partition which gets backed up to one external hd using veeam agent - starting automatically as soon as I plug in said harddisk. Veeam makes incremental backups and every other month I'll do a full backup and delete the old backups.
    That's it, always KISS if possible. All I have to do is plug in the external hd once a month, triggered by a recurring reminder in my calendar.

    I'm aware that I have very little private data to backup, still I had to make it very easy for me to actually do backups on a regular basis.
    Now, I'm curious how you backup your data outside work?



  • @FakeNoMore said in Backup strategy for personal data (non-business):

    Hi everyone
    I'm curious how you backup your personal data at home. It took me years to figure out the simple backup strategy I'm currently living, going from multiple backups on multiple external hard disks, cloud and NAS storage to where I am now. While I preach backing up data everytime data loss comes up with a friend, I myself neglected it for too long. There is luck involved in me never experiencing serious data loss before I finally found a way to make it comfortable for me.

    So for now it looks like this:
    Phone contacts and calendar entries get synced to my owncloud. Other data on the phone like pictures and such are not important or if so I upload them to the cloud on creation.
    Everything important on my pc (including a synced version of my owncloud) is the a D : partition which gets backed up to one external hd using veeam agent - starting automatically as soon as I plug in said harddisk. Veeam makes incremental backups and every other month I'll do a full backup and delete the old backups.
    That's it, always KISS if possible. All I have to do is plug in the external hd once a month, triggered by a recurring reminder in my calendar.

    I'm aware that I have very little private data to backup, still I had to make it very easy for me to actually do backups on a regular basis.
    Now, I'm curious how you backup your data outside work?

    Since it sounds like you are running Windows, Backblaze https://www.backblaze.com/cloud-backup.html

    If you are running Linux, Backblaze B2 https://www.backblaze.com/b2/cloud-storage.html



  • I use Mac at home, so Time Machine to external drive. Important stuff like pics, contacts, etc are synced to iCloud, and Google Drive. I also use Duplicati to backup important stuff to G Suite account.



  • @FakeNoMore said in Backup strategy for personal data (non-business):

    I'm curious how you backup your personal data at home.

    Everything is on OneDrive, GitHub, GitLab, or multiple. Very fast restores. Everything is basically stateless as much as it can be, in that my personal devices are basically on site caches, except for game installs, but even those a easy to reinstall, and game data is cloud based anyways.



  • I use Veeam Agent for Windows to backup everything to an external drive.



  • Mine home is a tale of 2 worlds. Personal stuff is all games, or things that are automatically backed up to a couple providers. IE: Pictures and videos all go to both Google Photos and Amazon Photos.

    My home lab stuff all goes to Wasabi, but I haven't gotten all the kinks worked out with the setup yet. I think it will work just fine, once I make some time to troubleshoot the thing.


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