November 1, 2013 AT 3:00 am

Using a Raspberry Pi to Back Up Files @Raspberry_pi #piday #raspberrypi

2013-10-26 (Day 299) Backup

Here’s a quick way to back up all of your main data files from flicker user Alan Potter. Great for backing up music and video!

Top of the stack, the Raspberry Pi itself. It’s a little computer that runs Linux, and is built around the CPU that you would probably normally find in a Smartphone. It boots off the 16GB SD card that protrudes from the front of the clear plastic box. But heck, it’s probably about as powerful as the awe-inspiring Sun workstations I used at Uni. And in truth, that’s about the last time I used Unix seriously, so this has been a learning exercise. I am re-learning loads of stuff about things like /etc/fstab that I had thought was gone forever!

Below that, the main backup disk. 4TB – 4TB! – of ext4 goodness. Connected over USB2 to the Pi, it will take a fair while to fill it, but I am already worried it will be too small. Anyway, this will back up al of my data and my RAW files, with Oops!Backup running on the PC and providing Time-Machine like functionality.

And below that, another USB connected disk. This will store my music and video files, and in turn will be backed up onto my desktop PC. I’ll put a DLNA server and an iTunes server onto the Pi, and allow the files to be served to any computer in the house (installing and configuring the servers is an adventure I have yet to face).

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