I recently decided to upgrade to a full NAS after years of fooling around with external drives and NAS-lite hardware. It used to be that I was afraid of the cost, but now with two kids and a demanding job, I realize that the most important resource I have is time. Anything I can do to preserve my time is worth an investment.
Most recently I’ve been very concerned about a nasty new class of viruses called ransomware which block access to your computer’s data, and then offer you the key for a fee. CryptoLocker, which targets Windows and (ironically Synology systems) encrypts your data and with encryption that experts consider it practically impossible to break using brute force attack methods.
Given that CryptoLocker does its damage silently, if your backup solution does not keep versions of old backups or if it is possible for this virus to encrypt your backup, I decided that an offsite paid solution, such as CrashPlan ($60/yr), would be my solution.
I stumbled across an blog post from Scott Hanselman, Microsoft Evangelist, who posted instructions for installing CrashPlan on a Synology 1511+ NAS based on a set of packages and instructions from an enthusiast who goes by the name PCLoadLetter.
For those of you who are looking to do this, I ended up following a post by Mike Tabor to get CrashPlan working on my NAS. The upload of 260 GB of photos and images took about 9 days to complete.
That’s all for now, but in the future I might post about:
- Selection of CrashPlan over BackBlaze or DropBox
- Selection of a Hitachi Drive
- Selection of Synology DS214play vs QNap vs desktop vs other NAS
- Synology Unboxing, screenshots of the setup