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You should be lazy.
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:06am

I bought a QNAP TS509 Pro that lets me have 5 drives in a RAID array, run a local version of my website for when the development bug strikes, back up my data, and play videos with Plex.

With Windows 7 Pro, backups are seamless and automatic. I actually redirect the My Documents folder to the NAS so they're automatically copied to the NAS and a local copy (via offline files) is made. This lets me be very lazy indeed.

I've long said that backups must be automatic or they won't be used. It's too bad Microsoft doesn't want any more money for Windows 7, I almost sold my sister on a Pro license a few months ago. She was ready to buy, too.

You can build a NAS yourself with a Linux box of some sort. I went with the QNAP because it's a very good commercial product and well supported for the applications I use it for. Those things don't seem to sell for less than $300 even 6-7 years old and diskless.

  • Yeah...Erik, Tue Apr 17 8:43am
    Thankfully now I use GitHub to track and store my projects if possible and thankfully I finished Santa's Christmas rescue so it was up on the website so that also wasn't lost. I probably should... more
    • You should be lazy. ☻ Puckdropper, Sun Apr 22 6:06am
      • That's a nice set up!Erik, Wed May 23 1:47am
        My work has something similar set up where My Documents is pointed to your network share as well. I actually remember doing that as well in college. My Win 7 desktop has the ability to have a RAID... more
        • It really didn't take long to set upPuckdropper, Wed May 23 9:58am
          I think telling the box who it is and how you want the drives configured takes about an hour. The array takes quite some time to actually build, but you don't have to do anything. Once that's done,... more
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