Looking for a LAN file sync solution
So a thing happened that statistically (in my mind anyway) should never have happened. Three hard drives in my RAID-6 array shit themselves in a very short amount of time, corrupting its NTFS partition and (yesterday) fully trashing the array. Fortunately it wasn't short enough that I lost everything - the third drive took just long enough to give me enough time to salvage some of my important stuff (I'm still sorting through that job).
I'm planning to build up a second array on another computer over the next several months for backup/sync purposes.
I've been looking at some solutions to prevent a similar situation but so far haven't come across . What I'd like is something that will do a file sync similar to Dropbox, but on my local network, and only for a specific set of folders in various locations on each client system. I've considered using Dropbox, but I don't like the idea of having to keep my files in the Dropbox directory structure on my hard drive. Linking directories (Windows-style linking anyway) doesn't seem to work. I'd settle for a decent incremental daily backup solution or one that happens when a computer connects to the network. Every computer in my house is on some flavor of Windows (I have an MSDN license thanks to work), but I'm not opposed to throwing Linux on something that isn't my gaming computer.
And for anyone who might be curious about DIY data recovery, I've been using Restorer Ultimate for years. It's a great piece of software and dirt cheap, especially when compared to the costs of professional recovery. The Pro version does RAID arrays.