stevech wrote:with my DS212, I elected to not use RAID1. I setup mine as two volumes. One drive has shares seen on the network. The other volume (drive) gets a daily backup of the main drive, and a daily time machine backup to be able to get any old file version. The backups are automatic.
My thinking is that I need protection from a human error (oops undelete that folder), or a corrupt file system, more than protection from a drive failure. With two volumes I'm protected from both. And either volume can be removed and read on a PC with a Windows driver, or under a linux boot on a PC - in case the NAS power supply or controller board fails.
Being the paranoid type, I also backup once a week to an external USB3 drive.
stevech wrote:yes, the DSM software can do a wide variety of backup strategies. Just about anything you can imagine.
The volume to volume backups run daily at my choice of time which is an hour before scheduled overnight power-down.
The backup to external USB3 is run when I request, as I don't keep the USB3 drive plugged in all the time.
The timed backup (time machine) runs automatically at my choice of time.
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