Here is my goal:
-Backup all my devices securely
-Fast recovery if needed
-Have access to my stuff from anywhere on all my devices
-Not have to think about it
-Not spend a ton of $$
I have two options I'm looking at (graphics attached).
Option One uses my desktop as a personal server and backs up everything to that. Then sends everything from there to the cloud via CrashPlan. I don't know a lot about CrashPlan, so any input is appreciated. The way I understand it I can use CP's free app to sync up all my devices with my desktop from anywhere they are connected to the internet. Then I can use the $49.99/year plan to back-up one computer (the desktop) to CP's cloud.
A disadvantage would be that if the desktop goes to sleep or shuts down, I cant access it. So if I'm out of town and the power goes out, I can't backup my laptop.
Questions about this plan:
When CrashPlan says you can Sync files across computers, does that mean that the computer with the smallest HD is the limiting factor? I.E. if I sync a 16gb iPad, a 120gb Laptop, and a 1TB desktop, does that mean my maximum amount of synced data can only be 16gb?
I want to be able to use the Desktop to hold everything from every device, but still be able to access something from that desktop using any of the other devices.
Any example would be if I create a file on location on my laptop, I want it to sync to my Desktop when the laptop finds WiFi. Then, 4 days later I want to be able to bring that file up on my iPad when I need to reference it by remotely going to the desktop or cloud and pulling it down even if I'm not at home.
The second plan uses a remote hard drive (like a Time Machine) which is then sent to the cloud. All devices sync to the remote drive and then go to the cloud.
Disadvantage here is that I still have the same power-outage problem. If power goes out on the remote hard drive, it breaks the backup workflow.
Questions about this system:
Is it possible for devices to sync to a hard drive even when they are not connected to the same network? For example, I go out of town and do something on the laptop. Can it sync to the HD connected to my router at home via the internet?
I'd appreciate any suggestions on how I can accomplish my goals.