Jim Collison / @jcollison is joined by Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #348 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network Jim Collison / @jcollison is joined by Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #348 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at Tags: Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks, Internet Archive, Gaming, Hard Drives, SSD, Backup, Pixel 2, Project Fi News Jim – The Internet Archive put your favorite LCD handheld games online Jim – From the Facebook group – World’s largest SSD capacity now stands at 100TB – credit Jon Biggs Mike – Genetically engineered beers could make IPA’s cheaper and tastier – #930a7e75910d Here’s a rugged coffee maker that runs off power tool batteries Feature Jim – I am starting to make the switch from my Windows 10 files server backed up by Crash Plan to my Morro Date 1TB box using Backblaze B2. Moved 65 GB over the weekend. Will move more in the coming weeks to fit my cap. Will drop crash plan when I am done. Mike – Got rid of my two bay QNAP NAS and moved everything over to the Windows 10 R710 with all backup to Backblaze. What am I working on? Jim – Sarah has a new Pixel 2 on Project Fi phone coming this weekend. Both my #3 and $4 boys are on it and love it. Jim- New USB 3 card added to the Burst Box – Results? Feb Smart 4 Ports USB Super Fast 5Gbps PCI Express(PCIe) Expansion Card for Windows XP,7,Vista,8,,10 Desktop Computer-Build in Self-Powered Technology-No Need Additional Power Supply(FS-U4-Pro) Mike – I deleted the facebook app from my phone. Not because of privacy, because of content. Planning my next long term storage Catch the post-show for the Crypto conversation. Lots of talk about Burst. If you are starting on Burst and need a faucet or coins to get your started, I have provided a solid faucet. Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust. For more information visit
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A new Drive Extender offering is on the #160; PoolHD from Anvil AG is making a run at the expandable storage market with PoolHD and a promise that it will be simple, fast and #160; The first version was released June 18, #160; With a starting price of $ and a Windows Home Server 2011 / Windows Server 2012 Addin scheduled to release on June 26, 2013, the offering looks interesting. I am using a Window 7 VM with 2GB of RAM on top of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard w Hyper-V #160; The VM has a 60GB OS Drive with 4 x 50GB Data #160; Disk 1 and 2 are VHDx Dynamic and Disk 3 and 4 are VHDx #160; Downloaded the 30 day trial. It’s a very simple install. With few install options, I select all the defaults. It goes very quick. Click on any of the images for a larger view. After a reboot, Drives E/F – Dynamic VHDx 50GB Drives Drives G/H – Fixed VHDx 50GB Drives An ATTO of the OS Drive C for a benchmark. Dynamic VHDx 50GB Drives with no data. Fixed VHDx 50GB Drives with no data Creating a New Storage Pool First Drive E #160; New Pooled Drive I Created Second Drive F Added Both Drives Now in the #160; Drive options available for the drive. Drives G and H Pooled to Drive J Drive Performance with Drives E and F Pooled to Drive I Drive Performance with Drives G and H Pooled to Drive J Transferring Data from Local Drives to Pooled Drive I (Click to see larger version). The data moved was GB of mostly mp3 and mp4 files that are 50 – 300MB in size. Copied the same Folder from 3 Devices. From the Drobo FS From the Drobo 5N From the WHS 2011 Completed Transfer With the data loaded on the drives, the used space on drive I is 38GB split between E and F with 19GB #160; Turning on Duplication across the two drives Now Removing Will keep looking at #160; Lots that can be done #160; Leave your comments below.
I have been saying on Home Tech for some time now that we are still in the early offerings of cloud storage and that the market continues to drive towards more space for less money, a huge benefit for the #160; I have been working on a crowd sourced Cloud Storage Know It Guyde since September of 2012 to attempt to keep track of it #160; Recently in our Facebook group, one of the members documented his use of free or inexpensive cloud #160; I hope you find it as interesting as I #160; Leave you comments below and if you have a cloud storage story you would like to tell or drop me a note, Many thanks to Jim Barton who posted this on our Facebook #160; I formatted the original document for length and content. -Jim The reason I originally started this post was to document a way to store my data somewhere so I could get access to it from anywhere, anytime I needed it I looked at finding a cloud storage site, like Dropbox, SkyDrive, etc, but did not know how much storage I would #160; Current cloud storage offerings could cost as much as $ a month or more for anywhere from 5 to 100 GB #160; That wasn’t going to work for #160; So I started to make private cloud, but the cost is also sky high to buy this or get that, and if my home network is down for some reason I cannot access my data or if I had a major disaster like a fire, flood or tornado, my data is gone or lost. There was not a single cloud offering out there that did what I wanted it to do all the way across the board. So I started to take bits from this cloud provider here and there and merge them on to an old computer to see if it would work. And Walla (no pun intended) the cloud I wanted started to take shape. Now as I understand what a Hybrid Cloud is, it is a composition of two or more clouds (private, community or public) that remain unique entities but are bound together, offering the benefits of multiple deployment models Here is what did and with the set up of my Hybrid Cloud. , As I understand a Hybrid cloud to be. I used an old Dell D 620 laptop. It has a GB of ram with a 250 GB hard drive running Windows 7 Ultimate. I have a 1 TG external hard drive and 7 Flash drives of varies size attached to it. I have malware-bytes spyware on it (the free version) with Norton 360 Version 7 Anti-virus. I also run a read only version of Office 2007 for power point, Word and Excel. I put Microsoft Silverlight on it so I can use window mail and the computer has its own e-mail account as well via hot mail. It is backed up every week via Window 7 back up and Norton 360 Back up. I also have 2 laptops both running Windows 7 and each have 500GB HDs and 750GB external HDs attached to #160; Both computers are using Norton 360 Version 7 Anti-virus and have Office 2007 Professional version. For my e-mail part I am using Office 365 Exchange which currently costs me $ a #160; I also use Outlook #160; I use Outlook Web Access (OWA) and have used this both on a Blackberry and my iPhone to access my #160; Using OWA allows me to read, reply, and delete my e-mails in any place. It syncs up my contacts, and calendar and I change them in one place and it update across everything. I have my own domain name for my e-mail and have my internet provider e-mail, plus Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo mail all linked in to it, so it pushed to my IPhone. By using this method, it frees up the iCloud for apps only backed up off my IPhone. For internal home network access I set up a home group network on my computers. You can select the folder you want to share, and then click all file in the folder to allow full read and write access. After it is setup, do a check and you see the name of computer and file name sample //john boys-#160; You can map it as a network drive and add and delete files at will within your home group network. Using direct links with in my home network, we can access shared files on each other computer or the cloud computer I set up. When we want shared files on the cloud, I use Microsoft Sky drive. Web-site is Has 7 GB of Storage, and you can purchase more storage if you #160; If you have a Hotmail account, you have a free 7GB SkyDrive account already. I have a number of Skydive accounts I use to share thing with #160; It will set up on your desktop and you can select what file in folder to sync to the cloud. I also found you can set up a number of Skydive account and folder on your computer but you can only sync 1 account folder at any #160; There are apps for iPhone, IPad, Android, and BlackBerry The primary cloud I use is #160; It is a good DYI set up with true cloud access. Web-site is #160; I have the unlimited version that cost $ a year or $ a #160; I downloaded the Pogoplug PC that comes with a 30 day trial, after that it is cost a fee of $#160; I set file transfer points and remote access to some files via Pogoplug. I also downed loaded Pogoplug companion software, it is free. Pogoplug can automatically back up any file or folder on your computer to the Pogoplug cloud or a Pogoplug device With the installed software, can Access your Pogoplug like a local drive on your desktop as well as view and manage the content on your Pogoplug cloud or #160; I purchased the Pogoplug device Model: POGO-V4-A3-01 at Best #160; It was on sale for $#160; You can also access it from web-site #160; I attached the following to it 1 TB external HD 320 GB SATA 2 HD 16 GB Flash Drive 64 GB Flash Drive 16 GB SD Card You can share files via a web link to friend and #160; There are apps for iPhone, IPad, Android, For remote access to my cloud controller I use Log me in, the free version Web-site You get the full version for a 30 day trail, I have been using the free version for over 3 months now and it serves my need very #160; This software gives you full remote access to computers. They also have cloud they offer called Cubby Web-site is You can also add separate files or folders to cubby that link to the cubby #160; They will even add folders off an external hard drive or flash drive that is attached to the computer. Cubby does a webdav access #160; You can share file via a web link to friend and family and there are apps for iPhone, IPad, Android, and BlackBerry For the music streaming, I use air Play it Web-site It allows you to add folders of music and video to stream them at home or via a cell phone. What is nice for the iPhone is it converts all files to a format that work well with it. The only file type I found it will not work on is WMA format. But I like MP3 and it works greats for that. It will even add folders off an external hard drive or flash drive that is attached to the #160; There are apps for iPhone, IPad, Android, For camera uploads, I use Dropbox. Web link You can share file via a web link to friend and #160; You can also add other computers and share across #160; I also found you can set up a number of Dropbox accounts and folders on your computer but you can only sync one account folder at a #160; There are apps for iPhone, IPad, Android For Emailing direct to my cloud, I use SugarSync Website You can setup an email address where you direct your attachments to your desktop sugar sync folder and move them from there if you need to. You can share file via a web link to friend and family. You can also add this to other computer and share across other #160; It will even add folders off an external hard drive or flash drive that is attached to the #160; There are apps for iPhone, IPad, Android, and BlackBerry For Webdav access and other cloud storage, I use Box Web-site is There is number of different size you get, but it starts with 5 GB for #160; 10 GB upgrade is use an Iphone or IPad to access #160; 50 GB if friend refers you. I have 4 of these 50 GB for various #160; You can buy more storage up to 2 TB Box is great for desktop desk folder / cloud #160; Has a desktop sync that allow up load file up to max side of #160; You can add multiple computers and sync will occur over all #160; On the Box website, you un-sync a folder and the data will stay in cloud storage and will not take hard drive #160; I also found you can set up a number of Box account and folders on your computer but you can only sync one account folder at any time. This is really good for use with #160; You edit and share online or via cell phone or #160; You can share file via a web link to friend and #160; All of the information is it still fully accessible via my cell phone or via and just map it a network drive. There are apps for iPhone, IPad, Android, Windows phones and BlackBerry Another DYI cloud with your own hardware set up is Tappin Web-site is It uses your own hard drive and computer much like Pogoplug does, I feel this one is little better than Pogoplug and it is Software only. There are 2 versions: Standard $ a year – has good function for basic stuff Professional $ a year – all the bells and whistle I have the professional #160; Under this, you have Webdav access for any file or folder you #160; It comes with a 10 GB cloud #160; With both versions, you get one line access to the folders or file you add to #160; The data is safe on your home computer or other computer you put the software #160; I have even added folders from other cloud service on my computer to my Tappin cloud – IE Sky Driver, Drop Box, I even mapped drives like Pogoplug and had access and control of it. What is nice about Tappin is I can move any file to any other folder on any computer I have set access #160; Using Tappin from cell phone or any computer, I can move it to my Pogoplug device storage or cloud. Or I can move a file from wife’s computer to my computer remotely using any computer or my cell phone. The largest file I have tried to move was 100 GB and it moved after a reasonable amount of #160; You can even add folders off an external hard drive or flash drive that is attached to the computer. It does have webdav access #160; by using your user account name / folder or file #160; There are apps for iPhone, IPad, Android, For other photo storage and sharing I use the following: Media Fire website Can get bonus refer both ways Mega Cloud website Can get bonus refer both ways. It also has a automatic backup software that will provide a second back up to your file in your mega cloud set up. One Cloud. Can get bonus refer both ways Other that I have found but did not serve my needs for what I was looking for is: B-drive is open share and transfer DYI using your hard drives as the cloud. It allows you to share folders with people for easy #160; I found it sometime be a pain but what do you expect for free. You can map this as network drive and mount and unmount it very easy. All together I use 15 different cloud storage sites which I did not list all them but you have to find what works best for #160; I am the process of refurbishing an old desk which I on going to set up at another family member home for storage cloud and use some of the software I have #160; I have been working on this for about 5 months and the one listed above are the one that I like and served my needs the best. After I total up all of the storage both in hardware at home and in the storage cloud site I have a total 152,899 GB of storage that is somewhere if my numbers is right round up that is 150 TB of storage. Actual is like TB. Not bad consider my total yearly cost is around $
Even Backup guys need to practice and plan for good backup #160; As a Microsoft Windows Home Server MVP and podcaster with the Home Server Show, you would think that of all people, I would have my backup plans documented well and in #160; Well, I do, kind #160; I have been running a bit loose lately and I thought it was time to tightening things up. At home, I currently run a Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011 box with about 2TB of total storage space and 2 TB of storage to back those files #160; I also backup everything to a ioSafe Solo (an external hard drive that is fire and water proof) that has the most important 1 TB of my data backed up as #160; If there was ever a fire at my home, my data wouldn’t burn. I will be moving my WHS and the data to the next version (Windows Server 2012 Essentials) some time in 2013 and I though now would be a good time get it all in the cloud for the #160; Why the cloud? First, I have been writing and updating a running post on Cloud Storage Options. Currently, cloud, or offsite data storage on someone else’s servers, is becoming more popular and #160; There are at lease 20 companies with some kind of #160; You can get more details on it HERE. Second, In order to follow a good back up plan, one should follow the 3-2-1 #160; What is that you ask? The simplest way to remember how to use the 3-2-1 rule is this: Keep 3 copies of any important file (a primary and two backups) Keep those files on 2 different media types (such as hard drive and optical media), to protect against different types of hazards. Then, 1 copy should be stored offsite (or at least offline). While 3-2-1 storage is the best possible method, it’s not always possible or practical. A second media type can often be cumbersome for those working with large data files such as pictures or videos. In many cases, people can make do with hard-drive-only copies of their data. Best practices, however, still require 3 copies and some physical separation between the copies. So how does 3-2-1 work out for me? The original file (1) is stored physically in a shared folder on the WHS (my server is a HP N40L MicroServer). I try to keep very few files on my actual desktop #160; With Gigabit Ethernet, there is really very little need for me to have the files #160; For most applications, having it on the network is just fine. The first copy (2) of the file then is stored in a back up on the ioSafe Solo or to an additional hard drive on the HP MicroServer, depending on how important it #160; Using the backup features that comes with the WHS 2011 software, I automatically back up all the files on the server twice a day to either of the two #160; Once at noon and once again at #160; What was mostly missing from my plan was the third form of back up, or something that is offsite or #160; I think I have a very inexpensive option to cover that now as well. Cloud storage has been getting cheaper while at the same time more generous in sizes over the last several #160; In many cases, it’s free and easy to access now with a WHS or even your #160; In my case, I have installed Microsoft’s SkyDrive and as two services that run on my #160; I have also installed a Pogoplug device on my network and the software on the #160; The Pogoplug has attached storage with a 1 TB #160; This will accommodate and duplicate the larger files that I create with the #160; It also keeps them local and easy to #160; Since they are in a WHS folder, backed up by the WHS and are on the Pogoplug, you could consider that 3 #160; However, since they are all local copies and one is not offsite, I do need to get a copy to the cloud for cold #160; With that folder at 114 GB, I will most likely need to move to a paid service for that. Updated 2/3/2013: I have made some changes since I first wrote this #160; To make things simple, I am now backing up the entire WHS 2011 shared folder structure to either the ioSafe Solo for local disaster protection using the WHS 2011 backup software, the local Pogoplug via the Pogoplug software and to #160; PCs backup nightly via the WHS 2011 software so I catch any file created that was not moved to the files shares on WHS 2011 CLOUD Data Type Cloud Company Max Free Storage Physical Location on Home Server Current Storage Size Shared Files with Friends Dropbox 9GB Dropbox Folder Scanned Documents (pdf) Microsoft Office Data Files Pictures SkyDrive 25GB SkyDrive Folder Music Amazon 250K Songs No Local Copy 2889 Songs All WHS 2011 Shares Crashplan Unlimited All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Client PCs Crashplan Unlimited Client Computer Backup 307GB Studio PC real time sync Pogoplug 2GB N/A CLOUD NOT USING No Data Box 50GB LOCAL Data Type Local Location Max Local Storage Physical Location on Home Sever Current Storage Size All WHS 2011 Shares ioSafe Solo – via WHS2011 Backup 1TB All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Shares Pogoplug 1TB All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Client PCs ioSafe Solo 1TB Client Computer Backup 307GB So right now, my total storage requirements for everything I want to back up is less than 300GB Below you can see a screen shot of my current WHS 2011 shares. Currently, the Documents, Music, Pictures, Public, Recorded TV, Users and Video folders are empty on the #160; I also no longer keep music local and only store it in the cloud on #160; Since we purchase our music there, it just make sense not to have it #160; I can always download it from there if I need it. Once everything is done syncing with the various cloud locations (this could take the better part of the week or two), the plan is to back up the entire WHS 2011 box to a cloud offering that allows for unlimited storage for a third (3) #160; Yes, that means that most files will be backed up to the cloud twice! That’s the way we backup guys roll! You can never have enough backups. What is your backup plan? Post a few notes here or join us for the conversation over at the Average Guy Facebook group () or for the more serious and technical conversations () .
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