What is the Best Backup for Windows in a Small Home or Office?
Which Windows Backup? A History.
Over the years I’ve tried many systems for backing up crucial Windows data. Currently for small-scale backups I use the ubiquitous and almost bullet-proof flash drives, my current one tipping the scales at 8Gb. But for major backups, as the years have passed, I’ve used;
- Floppy discs – 1.4Mb
- Iomega Zip discs – 100Mb
- CDRW – 650Mb
- DVD-R – 4.7Gb
- Western Digital My Book Home Edition – 1Tb
They all had their problems and limitations. The last one looked good with Firewire, USB2, ethernet & eSATA connections – but it overheated and broke…..
Best Windows Backup!
My current system is from Synology and is a “DS210j – Budget-friendly 2-bay NAS server for Home and Small Business”
I can heartily recommend the thing. It has so much gubbins within it and far exceeds my limited expectations. I installed two green 2Tb drives from Western Digital in mirrored RAID for security and use the auto-backup software provided as well as Windows’ own. This is extremely relevant for the large number of hits I’ve had to this posting where a major part of the problem is the time taken to do a backup! In my case, the 750Gb just takes a few hours to copy across the Gigabit speed ethernet that the unit can use.
It does everything it says on the tin, and more! The whole thing cost me about 200 quid, plus an hour of my time to install.
Even its firewall is more configurable than any router I’ve used! It can be used as a server for FTP or the web. It comes with software for a host of things that mimic Flikr etc but without all the privacy or security issues inherent in off-line storage. It’ll also run with any operating system because it itself is a mini-linux installation as it is, and includes Windows, Apple and Linux applications.
Check it out, straight from their overview page:
Build Your Entertainment Center
Download Station 2 functions as a 24×7 BitTorrent, FTP, HTTP, eMule, and NZB download center. RapidShare and RSS download are now supported.
DLNA Compliant Media Sever ensures compatibility and interoperability between Disk Station and a wide range of DLNA-certified home devices.
iTunes Server provides an easy way to share music and videos with other iTunes clients within the local network. You can create playlists with songs that match the criteria you specified, and best of all, iTunes will update these playlists automatically as you add or delete songs.
Audio Station supports music, Internet radio stations, and iPod playback with connected USB speakers. Web-streaming mode allows your music to be shared with multiple users over the Internet.
Back Up Your Precious Data
DSM 2.2 offers comprehensive solutions for you to back up data stored on Disk Station or your desktop computer to the Disk Station.
Server backup includes two alternatives: Network Backup and Local Backup. Both allow you to back up data in the shared folders and databases. Incremental backup option and flexible schedules are available. All can be easily configured with a step-by-step wizard.
Desktop backup provides Windows PC users with the Synology Data Replicator 3 for backing up desktop data, Outlook, and Outlook Express emails to their Disk Station by choosing one of the three backup modes: Immediate, Sync, and Scheduled backup, while Mac OS X users can use Apple Time Machine backup application to back up their critical data to Disk Station.
USBCopy allows you to quickly back up your data from an USB storage device such as an USB flash or USB card reader to the Disk Station with just one single touch on the front-panel Copy button.
Enrich Your Web Presence
Photo Station 3 simplifies photo, video, and blog sharing over the Internet. The flexibility of photo theme customization, blog layout arrangement, visitor’s privilege setting, RSS feed, and the dazzling 3-dimentional photo browsing with Cooliris make Photo Station 3 your state-of-the-art lifestyle sharing center on the Internet.
Web Station with built-in PHP+MySQL allows users to publish their own websites or install numerous popular open-source programs.
Access With Your iPhone/Mobile Device
The iPhone App DS audio allows Disk Station users to stream music stored on Disk Station with their iPhone/iPod® touch where Internet access is available, while DS photo allows uploading photos from the iPhone/iPod® touch to their Disk Station.
Users with a mobile device running on Windows Mobile® 6.0, iPhone OS 2.2.1 onward, or Symbian OS 9.1 can log on their Disk Station to view photos with Mobile Photo Station and read supported file formats with Mobile File Station where Internet access is available.
Synology Disk Station is designed and developed perpetually with the concept of energy saving. Compared with average PC counterparts, Synology Disk Station consumes a relatively low amount of power and has the HDDs hibernate when not in use. This not only helps to save energy but also extends the lifespan of the hard disk.
Synology Disk Station truly earns the title of “green product” because of the unique Scheduled Power On/Off feature, and the smart fan design effectively cools down the system with minimum power consumption, yet keeps the system quiet on operation.
Finally, all Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials. Synology recognizes its responsibility as a global citizen and is continually working to reduce the environmental impact of the products we create.