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#284860 - 07/03/17 07:27 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
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I use a Pi3 to backup all our tablets/phones then sync those files down to our computers.

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#284861 - 07/03/17 07:43 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
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My Pi3 runs two applications: The UrBackup network backup server that I already mentioned, and also NextCloud server. NextCloud is like DropBox, iCloud, etc. except you run it yourself rather than paying for someone else to provide your cloud. NextCloud is free (as is UrBackup). You can sync Linux, Windows, Android, iOS with it. Maybe others too, but those are the only ones I've tried.

A Pi3 runs both of these applications, simultaneously, very well. Just get yourself an external hard disk for storage. I bought a Western Digital Red 4Tb drive because I wanted something that runs cool, quiet, vibration free and was rated for 24x7 operation. I bought a separate external enclosure - solid metal construction with a cooling fan. I have since found that the WD Red drive runs so cool that I have disabled the enclosure fan. No need for it. The drive never feels any warmer than ambient temperature, even during long accesses.

The one thing about a Pi3 though, is it only supports USB2.0 currently. People are speculating (and hoping!) that the next generation Pi4 might support USB3.0, but nobody knows. The Pi developers keep future enhancements close to chest. I find the current USB2.0 to be perfectly adequate for my Backup and Cloud needs. But obviously, USB3.0 would make those applications even faster.

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#284866 - 07/04/17 10:26 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
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I'm running Owncloud which is the predecessor to NextCloud.

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#284869 - 07/05/17 08:15 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
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Pictures and videos. Uploading them from my handhelds and onto an external hard drive. Don't want to lose them or end up with a "Memory full" message when I'm trying to get that perfect shot.
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#284872 - 07/06/17 02:30 AM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
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But do you have a backup of the external drive in case it dies?

One of the reasons I use foldersync on the phone/tablet is so it will copy all my pictures up each day. I don't have to remember then.

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#284875 - 07/06/17 06:25 AM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
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well syncing is also not without risk. One virus/randsomware can spread easily. A seperate external drive, cannot be infected if it's not connected.
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#284879 - 07/06/17 04:38 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
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MY hubby's an IT guy so we've got back-ups for our back-ups. I just don't know what they are. smile
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#285217 - 08/01/17 05:43 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
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Its the first! Update your software, patches and security. Check that your backup systems are activated and working properly. Charge anything that needs a recharge!
(This months tip: Double check your privacy settings on your phone and social media.)

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#285218 - 08/01/17 06:13 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
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Originally Posted By: TeacherRO
(This months tip: Double check your privacy settings on your phone and social media.)


Excellent advice. I would also suggest that for those of you who are using Windows 10 to do the same for that operating system.

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#287212 - 11/28/17 06:45 PM Re: Monthly reminder - tech [Re: TeacherRO]
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Its almost the first of the month -
Time to update your software, patches and security. Check that your backup systems are activated and working properly. Charge anything that needs a recharge!

(This months tip:check your credit/debit card bills to catch any recurring charges!)

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