Till today, a lot of personal computers are still running Windows OS (XP, Visat, Seven, ...) and many people are still keeping a lot of valuable datas directly on their workstation or laptop hard disk. Most people do so because of ignorance of the risks or because they are always on the move and they need their files available anytime, even not connected to any server.
The side effect of this behaviour is that everything can be lost in case of a hard disk crash, as all the datas are stored locally on the PC.
So, to avoid that type of loss, it is very important to save all your personal valuable files on a secure server.
RSync may be the clue to this problem. In fact, RSync is widely used to do data backup in the Unix/Linux world and it is having a lot of advantages :
- it is multi-os (unix, linux, windows, ...)
- it is using differential backup mecanism (only modifications are sent across the network)
- it is command line base
- some GUI are available, even on Windows (DeltaCopy)
This article will explain how to provide a very simple and very efficient way to backup your Windows PC local files on a Debian server with the help of RSync and DeltaCopy.
It has been succesfully tested on Windows XP and Windows Seven clients and on Debian Squeeze server.
By following these steps, you will be able to save all your local datas from your Windows PC to your Debian server in a very optimised and lightning fast way. Whatever happens to your PC, your personnal data will be safe !