I have been using Seagate external drives for backups via USB3 and they have worked fine so far. My backup scheme (?) is:Backup mechanism? We don't need no stinkin' backups do we?...
Just kidding. I have some old internal drives sitting around (500 GB and 1 TB) as well as a 1 TB WD My Book. I was thinking of getting an enclosure for my spares and rotate a backup (i.e. leave one at work). I have under 500 GB of user data (music and photos are the most important items here). I do need to get an offsite backup solution in place for this data. I hooked the WD My Book up yesterday and it wasn't recognized at all. Didn't even power up. Not sure what the deal is there.
Daily incremental via hard links + rsync.
Monthly incremental via hard links + rsync
Monthly full backups via rsync
Monthly "offsite" backups via rsync (They don't really go offsite any more. I've thought about storing them at work, but I don't trust people not to go "Oh look a hard drive!" and use it when Windows says it is unformatted...).
CrashPlan which backs up files every 15 minutes to "the cloud" - The plan I have isn't free, but the backups are encrypted with a strong key, so I don't think think security is a problem. That solution depends on your internet connection and how much you trust the party who is storing your backups.
As far as the WD MyBook not powering up, it could be a bad power block, or the drive could be dead. Do you have a spare power brick that has the same volts/amps around that you could try?
Good. You might want to read this thread. It's one of mine, and kinda shows some of the issues SMART has, but don't dismiss SMART completely.Smartmon tools, not yet. It's on the list.
I use APC UPSes mostly cuz I trust them (and they are dead simple to configure apcupsd for). I know some people who use Cyberpower and say they work fine, and if I remember right they do have management software for *nix.UPS: haven't thought about this but it would be a good idea. Recommendations?
I just prefer APC but I think that is mostly due to brand recognition.
Cron works wonders. I use it to run the scripts I have written up. Makes getting notifications very easy.Email Notifications: I have set this up but I have to look into a schedule for this, i.e. cron.
Check our rubylaser's blog: http://zackreed.me/ There are a ton of howtos there.Disk spin down? No. How is this accomplished?