Why/Where/What should you backup?

Why backing up?

Often your personal data stored on one single computer is not safe enough. You can suffer from data loss after a computer/hardware failure. Always back-up your data!

Where to backup

Even storing your precious files on another disk (RAID or external portable) is not suffice, you should also make a remote backup (out-side the pc/server location).
Meaning backup your data at another site/place, like to the cloud.

What/When to backup

You never should backup everything. Think about what is really needed! When you can find it again on the Internet, don't back it up.
I scheduled an automatic crontab script which keeps the storage location in sync by using rsync command once a week. Although once a day may also be a best practice.

What do I backup?

The Banana Pi which host this webpage is also connected to a 1TB SATA HDD 2,5" disk. This disk is used as backup storage. Besides my main server, which is configured as RAID-1 (mirroring).

I back-up my files to this Banana Pi. The Banana Pi is located at another location. I only back-up Gitlab, ownCloud and KanBan incl. databases.

Banana Pi M1

Banana Pi Specification

Tiny computer

Banana Pi is a business card sized and low-power single-board computer. The single-board computer runs this website and much more! Read the Backup section.

  • Allwinner A20: ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core, 1GHz + GPU
  • SD card + SATA HDD
  • HDMI, Composite and LVDS connector
  • HDMI, 3,5mm sterio, on-board microphone
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 * USB 2.0 + 1 * OTG micro USB + 1 *micro USB (power)
  • 26-pin headers, camera connection
  • 3 * on-board buttons + IR receiver
  • 92mm x 60mm

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