My backup theme continues. Thanks to a generous relative I’ve inherited a modern (but not so green) AMD dual core PC. A lot of watts for normal running (120+) but it has 500G of disk space.  So how about turning into a remote (read out of site) controllable backup drive?

i) The pre-requisites are turning on the PC remotely using Wake up on LAN. A good introduction here:

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/tips/2008/01/25/access_your_computer_anytime_and_save_energy_with_wakeonlan-2.html

ii) Then you need a small application to wake it up, I’ve found this to be neat:

http://www.fusion-online.com.ar/en/products/wol/

iii) I’ve elected to install http://www.tightvnc.com/ as a service in order that I can shutdown the PC when I’ve finished uploading my files using Synback http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html

That’s it really, sound more complex that it really is.

The final part for me is to install in a suitable location? Might need to invoke some networking over mains technology. Best I look back at some of my earlier posts 😉

When shut down the PC draws about 9W , not perfect I admit but better than running all day at 15-20W with the addition of noise and heat.

Thanks to a colleague at Pure Digital for the initial project stimulus.

** Update 17/12/2008

Well it’s installed and running! What’s a little disappointing is that the mains networking (Solwise 85Mbs home plugs runs at only about 16M b/s.  perhaps better than a marginal wifi signal I know but still not as fast as I might of liked.)  In spec I’m assured by the manufacturer  considering the distance covered. But of course these means an average data rate of approx. 2 Mbytes/second. So be careful if you’ve lots of large files to support.

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