Back when I had a desktop PC as my daily use computer, I ran an SSD for the main OS and applications, and a regular hard drive for data. So even if something catastrophic happened to the SSD (virus, etc) and I had to wipe and start over, my data was always untouched on the second drive. Now, my main computer is a MacBook Pro, and the PC is doing HTPC duties. So even though it still has the same 2 hard drive configuration, there isn't anything on there that I can't stand to lose.
The Mac is backed up via Time Machine to an external drive. Any important documents and all videos/pics/music/etc is stored on my NAS, with FTP access from anywhere in the world as well as SAMBA access and DLNA on my internal network. Works seamlessly with the Mac, PC, and my Android devices. Important documents are also stored on Google Drive for convenience of access. The NAS also holds the system image of my PC. Should I need to start over, I will be up and running in less than 10 minutes.
The NAS is currently nothing more than a USB 2.0 drive plugged into my router. When I find time (and prices come down a bit), I will build a dedicated NAS server, with 2 hard drives running in RAID 1 for redundancy. Should one drive fail, the other drive is an exact copy. Once I replace the bad drive, the server software will automatically synchronize the two.
Last edited by sputnik767; 02-17-2014 at 12:08..