Sync Stories: A Student And His Turbocharged Backup System

Sync Stories is a column dedicated to our users. Each week, we showcase a different use case for BitTorrent Sync and the personal stories behind it.

In this week’s edition: College student Jarrod Pfeiffer discusses how he used Sync to completely overhaul the way he backs up and shares data, via an Android, Raspberry Pi and OUYA.

Meet Jarrod Pfeiffer

I’m 21 years old and I come from the town of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, where I went to high school and attended a secondary school for computer networking. I graduated high school and immediately started college at Marion Tech for computer networking. I love working with computers and have been doing so nearly all my life, with my grandfather’s Packard Bell system that he had.

Jarrod Pfeiffer

My Sync Story

I’m currently using BitTorrent Sync on several devices. My laptop, which is my main computer, of course uses it. I also use it on my android phone, a Raspberry Pi and an OUYA android game console – as well as an offsite backup server. My need for this software arose when I decided that my Dropbox account just couldn’t do everything I wanted it to, such as file size constraints, as well as total space. I already had a Raspberry Pi on hand, which I purchased to use as a media/file server and immediately invested in a 2TB external hard drive to get more use out of it. I also installed it on an Ubuntu Media server that my mother uses, to use as an offsite backup.

I have quite a few shares staying synced – a “Cloud” share, which syncs with every device I own, that I just drop in documents I’m working on so that I always have them to work on. I also keep my music synced with my laptop, Pi server and Ubuntu server. My BitTorrent sync network gets most of its use syncing my ROM files.

BitTorrent Sync Jarrod Pfeiffer

I’ve organized my ROMs by system, and each system has it’s own share. I sync ROMs for GBA, SNES and earlier/easier to emulate systems to my phone, to play on the go. I also sync all of my systems to my OUYA, which is much more powerful than my phone. It’s so great be able to start a game on my phone while I’m away from home and then come back and pick up right where I left off on via my OUYA.

Since then, I’ve upgraded my Pi server, which has become my main file server. It currently is running 3 2TB hard drives in a RAID0 for about 5.5~ total TBs of storage space. That may seem like overkill for a simple home server, and it is. I’m just trying to push the limits of my Raspberry Pi, as well as the BitTorrent Sync program, and both seem to be holding up very well.

I’m glad to say that BitTorrent Sync has drastically changed the way I share and backup files. It has been incredibly helpful to me, as well as it’s many other users I’m sure. A big thanks to the development team!

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