At first I was going to draw this all out – I did, with VISIO, but the drawing isn’t quite right pretty enough. It does reflect the solution I’m going towards.
I have the following computers, with the following uses:
- “Big” Computer – my main workhorse desktop at home. It does a lot of Video Editing, Audio Mixing, etc.
- Currently has USB 3TB drive #1 mounted
- Surface #1 – my most portable computer. Usually just edits things in the cloud, occasionally gets an offload of an SD card while I’m on the road.
- Laptop #1 – My “I would program on this laptop” laptop, which I mostly use for Remote Desktop into my work computer
- Laptop #2 – this is the laptop that controls the 3D printer. It has a lot of 3D printer tools on it.
- Work Computer – for work stuff. Not my computer
- Currently has USB 3TB drive #2 mounted
I pretty much use the pattern of:
- C:\2014\<project Name>\ is where I put all files for a project.
- I keep the same project name between computers if I move the project around. For example, when I was doing book design for Dad’s book, that started on Laptop #1, then moved to “Big” Computer
- I consider “iTunes” to be a project, as well as my local instance of my Dropbox folder. Unfortunately, these are still in 2013.
- When I’m working in C:\2014, it needs to be fast and stable.
- When I’m working in C:\2014, it eventually needs to get backed up to the big backup
- Not all C:\2014 projects should be on all computers. In fact, almost NONE of them should be on the Surface, it only has a smallish SSD. Same deal with Laptop#2, that has 10G free or so after the O/S.
- The Big Backup should be offsite-level backed up.
- A computer cannot btsync with itself (yet)
- A R/O folder (like the phone backup destination) cannot be inside a R/W folder.
I thought about something like this:
- BigComputer 3TB \BtSync1 syncs to Work 3TB \BtSync1
- I create a sub-sync of WORK:\BtSync1\users\sunny\2014 to BigComputer:c:\2014
It would work, but it would be a bit ugly. Lots of hops going offsite and then back home to get things backed up.
I believe I’ve decided on the following:
- The large 3TB drives maintain their own sync pool.
- The local folders (C:\2014) MIGHT maintain their own sync pool, on a per-project basis. For example: 3dModels between my big computer and the 3d printer laptop.
- Every project should end up at Sunny’s Big Computer
- I’ll use Robocopy on a schedule to bridge the final gap from Sunny’s big computer c:\2014 to USB:\BTSync1\users\Sunny\2014
- When I bring another machine online at home which can hold large drives, I’ll add it to the big sync pool as well to have a local (faster) backup. (Offsite can lag behind by days when we’re talking video files)
For things like backing up Mom’s important stuff, I’d probably create a USB:\BTSyncMom folder and have that be its own pool, not make it sub- or super- to any other sync pool. Or, continue to use Crashplan there.
Something I Don’t Yet Have
Windows Home Server gave me the ability to restore a machine to a specific state, covering all the installed software on a machine. I could do that using a copy of Ghost, or some other Hiren tools. I don’t yet have a plan for that. On the other hand .. reformatting a machine these days is “no big deal” for me, with all the data being out in the cloud somehow anyway.