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Adding off-site third HD to mirror pair of HD

(@ale_v)
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Hello,

 

I have two OWC 4 bays enclousure that I've used to create 3 mirror volume for my backups.

 

I would like to add a third disk to each volume, off-site, to be even more secure about my files but I have a couple of questions:

- Could I use a ZyXEL NSA325 v2 enclosure (I have two spares), so to be able to connect the HD to internet in the second site?

- If so, what would be the procedure to add a third disk to the mirrored pair?
I guess I would firstly need to get access to the specific HD on my, on site, Mac and then add the HD to the mirrored pair.
I've taken a look online but I couldn't actually find that much about it and I am pretty confused.

- How could I set how often to do the backup on the third, off site, HD?
I've read in the FAQ that it is possible, i.e., to do it every two weeks but I couldn't find anything on the topic.

- In case I may not use the ZyXEL I already have for some reason, what would you suggest as best procedure?

Thank you very much for your precious help,

 

My best,

Alessandro

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Topic starter Posted : 31/03/2021 7:26 am
(@softraid-support)
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The ZyXEL NSA325 v2 is a NAS enclosure, it is not a direct connect. What you could do is use Carbon Copy Cloner to copy your files to it on a schedule. But you cannot mirror to it, as the disks are not direct connected.

external mirror drives are a good idea, all you need to do (once set up) is connect the disk on a schedule for a few hours. It is up to you how often. If your data changes a lot, or you finish a project, connect it up. If your data does not change much, then weekly or whatever is comfortable for you.

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Posted : 31/03/2021 10:21 am
(@ale_v)
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Thank you for your answer!

 

I’m a bit confused: when I read in the FAQ that at Softraid you do an additional backup to an off-site HD I assumed there was a way to do it with Softraid software.

Is it possible to do it (automatically with Sofraid) without using the ZyXEL but something else you would suggest, or not at all?

Is doing it manually with Carbon Copy the only solution?

 

Many thanks for your support,

 

Alessandro

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Topic starter Posted : 31/03/2021 1:55 pm
(@softraid-support)
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CCC is the only solution with your Xytel(It is not a direct connect, it is a NAS enclsoure)

If you get a standard external disk (USB or Thunderbolt), yes you can do what you are thinking of.

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Posted : 31/03/2021 2:43 pm
(@ale_v)
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sorry, I’m not an expert, if I get a regular external hd with USB or thunderbolt connection, how can I connect it directly to internet off-site without an additional computer?

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Topic starter Posted : 31/03/2021 4:07 pm
(@softraid-support)
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Sorry, you cannot. Here is how you think of it:

If you can connect the disk to your USB, or Thunderbolt port, and it mounts, then it is "direct connect".

If it is over the internet, it is not direct connect and cannot be used with SoftRAID. If you have an internet drive (like your NAS), then use Carbon Copy Cloner. We cannot mirror to such as device. We are thinking about this, but it would be so slow for most users, we are reluctant to implement this.

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Posted : 31/03/2021 9:59 pm
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