For a while I have been searching for a good, reliable and easy to use backup solution.
Eventually I found CrashPlan (http://www.crashplan.com) to be my preferred solution. It has a client for WIndows, Mac and Linux. But it has one major problem. You can choose to backup to a folder, external drive, a friends computer or online, but CrashPlan can not backup to a network drive.
I have a ReadyNas Duo that I use to store all my files and backups. So of course I want a solution that can access that storage. Luckily after some searching I found a way to let CrashPlan add a network drive.
The solution is actually pretty simple:
- Create a folder somewhere. For example c:\backup
- Open up CrashPlan and go to the Destinations tab of the ap. Click "Folders" and find your new folder. Leave CrashPlan running and the Destinations tab open.
- Delete the new folder you created and just pointed CrashPlan to.
- Open a command prompt (cmd.exe) and create a hardlink to the network share. To do this type mklink /d "c:\backup" \\nas\sharename - Hit return.You can also mount the share so it has a drive letter and do it this way mklink /d "c:\backup" z: