Twice now I have had fatal errors on an external hard disk that was holding major data for my personal and professional life.  It had been awhile since I indexed exactly what all of it is, but you know, the birth pictures and videos of your kids, short stories you managed to throw together in the spare moments of your life, random iphone photo dumps that you haven’t gone through but will someday… All of it gone… not once but twice.

Last time I learned that backing things up on something like carbonite was the thing to do– sure they charge $120 bucks a year to back it up, but then its backed up– no worries.


Carbonite and most other backup like places only actually store your data for 30days!  Files older than 30 days get written over– so, if you have a backup that dies and you don’t check the backup for a month and it hasn’t written itself to the Carbonite drive…. Its gone.  This isn’t an “edge case” scenario– this can easily happen!  I was amazed that this is the policy — and it seems logical, until you have a backup failure of that type.  To lose everything because something you pay $120.00 a year to backup the files– well that is just unacceptable.

This is a great time of the year to review what your backup options are— I ordered a NAS 2 bay backup. The QNAP 251+is about $350.00 for just the drive– and I bought one 3tb WD RED HDD and one 1TB Samsung SSD– that’s a pretty burley setup.  The QNAP also comes with a personal cloud setup for backups, but just to be safe I have created an Amazon S3 AWS account to upload all the pictures that we can’t risk losing again.  I was shocked to see that Solid State Drives are available in 1GB now and the Samsung Evo was less than $300.00.  That’s a very solid network system to add on for about $750.00– which seems like a lot– but the computer store was quoting $1-$2k to restore that drive — WHICH WE WERE GOING TO PAY, but they came back and said that the platter was shattered– meaning TOTAL DATA LOSS.  We can’t have that happen again.

NASBackup options need to be easier for the consumer market.  If I am spending money with your company for you to hold my data, I want to know you are holding all of the data unless I tell you to dump it.  Charge me whatever, people would rather pay for their data then lose it because you are trying to manage your infrastructure!

Here is some more details on the QNAP stuff.  I wasn’t super familiar with the brand until my father in law Uwe mentioned it:

More on the 1GB SSD Monster here: