I've been wanting to build a backup server for my Mint desktop as well as for my Debian media server for a while now. To save money I purchased a Raspberry Pi 2 and I'm going to store it at a friends house who owns an ISP and thus has plenty of bandwidth, and I've lived through one house fire already so I don't feel safe about backing everything up here. As for backing up my home directory I could purchase an SSD or a traditional HD, but for all the media stored on my Debian media server I simply can not afford an SSD due to the massive storage capacity needed. I'd like some suggestions on HDs for my media and my Mint home directory should I decide to go with a HD. Here are some things that are on my mind. I'm a little leery of external HDs because I've seen them fail a lot but I don't see much of a way around it because the Raspberry Pi 2 will simply not have the ability to power an internal HD. So given that I will probably have to go with an external drive, should I use one that doesn't require a separate power source with USB being it's only connection or should I go with one that has an independent power source? I'm also concerned about power down issues. I would feel better if the drive would power down when it's not being used and thus would have a longer lifespan but I don't know if the RP 2 will power down the external drives or not. Also, if the RP 2 does power down the drives how will the machine know to to spin the drive up again? I think I'll be using
backuppc or is it
pcbackup, to perform these backups, will the RP 2 see
backuppc trying to connect and then spin up the drives? Thanks for any input.
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Do you know much programming? Reason I ask is that if you intend to code your own 'server' software, you could implement a journaling type setup for your hard drive. You could do this with application code, doing so just requires some interesting interfaces etc. First found out about the …
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