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« on: October 31, 2009, 06:45 »
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Similar to this thread which talks about the Acer Aspire AH340-UA230N Home Server, except I am wondering about the software side so I thought I'd start a different thread to keep things organized.

I am thinking of setting up some sort of media server at my mom's house.  I would happily pay the extra charge for extra high speed internet so the transfer would go fast, and the result would be cheaper than the Amazon S3 servers. 

So my question is, does anyone know of good software that would automatically back up files on my computer to a remote server (at my moms)


« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2009, 07:00 »
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I believe that SyncBack can do this, but I have never tried it.

I have used SyncBack for years to backup files to a other physical drives.  It works great for that purpose.

You can see the features of SyncBack here:

http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/compare.html

FYI: SyncBack has won many awards which you can see here:

http://www.2brightsparks.com/awards.html

« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2009, 07:03 »
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The main question is "how would you connect to the computer at your mom's house?"

Does the computer at your mom's house have a static IP address?

« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2009, 07:14 »
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The main question is "how would you connect to the computer at your mom's house?"

Does the computer at your mom's house have a static IP address?


hmm good question.  I looked at the internet offerings in her area and I appears they offer a static IP address, so perhaps it wouldn't be much more difficult that setting up a remote drive and then syncing to it?

Is there a way to do it if she doesn't have a static IP though?

I use SyncBack already, but didn't realize you could sync to an off site drive.  I'll have to check it out.

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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2009, 07:35 »
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hmm good question.  I looked at the internet offerings in her area and I appears they offer a static IP address, so perhaps it wouldn't be much more difficult that setting up a remote drive and then syncing to it?

Is there a way to do it if she doesn't have a static IP though?

I use SyncBack already, but didn't realize you could sync to an off site drive.  I'll have to check it out.


If you're thinking about going the Windows Home Server (WHS) route I'm pretty sure there's at least one FTP add-on for it so that might be an option. You can also manage WHS remotely which uses a RDP/Remote Desktop style interface.

Check out DYNDNS http://www.dyndns.com/ for handling the static/dynamic IP stuff.

For auto-backups I use Microsoft's Sync Toy but haven't tried it for remote or network backups.

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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2009, 12:45 »
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Check out Cobian backup:
http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm

You can back up data over ftp and has quite a lot of options to choose from (full, incremental, difference backups, zipping, encripting, auto backups,...). And it's totaly free.

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