Creating an Online backup of my stuff

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I often travel from Valencia to Madrid to stay some days to see my teammates at Selltag and I always carry my laptop to develop while commuting. I have a little SSD (128GB) on my laptop where I storage all the code, system, etc.. I have also a HDD with 2TB USB3, on this drive I have photos and personal stuff and I have around 1TB used, so I want a backup of my personal stuff + some things in my SSD. Looking for solutions I found some online companies that are selling space but, why to pay again for online space if I already have a Google Drive 100GB and a Dropbox account?

I found a Mac app called Arq that makes a backup of your data encrypted to different online places, GDrive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, SFTP etc… So I planned my strategy: Make a backup of my documents and my SSD drive (well, some folders) in GDrive and the personal stuff (photos, videos, etc..) on an additional External HDD, also I will have another copy of the SSD drive on the External HDD.

Arq can make backups to SFTP but no to external drives, so I picked up my Raspberry and I connected the 2nd HDD and configured the SSH to access this path, and I configured Arq to this SFTP point so I can make a backup when I arrive home and the SFTP becomes accessible.

So doing this in this way, I don’t pay more, just my GDrive account with 100GB (I can store my Android photos in this space also), my personal stuff is safe in 2 HDD.

To configure my Raspberry I done the following:

  1. Install the OS in the SD card of the Raspberry following this steps
  2. Boot, the raspberry and configure it, change user password to a secure one.
  3. Change the keyboard distro, I use spanish, so “sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard” and change the line “XKBLAYOUT”. “es” for spanish.
  4. Configure a static ip address following this steps
  5. Change the default SSH port, just for security, following this steps
  6. reserve this IP on the router for the raspberry and redirect the SSH port to the configured IP
  7. Make an account on a dynamic DNS server if you want to make backups/restore outside your home, I use noip, just download a little client to update your IP and access with your new dynamic domain
  8. Mount the external HDD and configure on fstab to automatically mount on boot following this steps, if you have permission problems, do the following with the partition unmounted: “sudo chown pi:pi /mnt/your_Folder” and on fstab, in the article shows “defaults” as the options, configure with “defaults,uid=1000”.
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Christian Panadero Martinez