I couldn't work out where to post this - if this is the wrong place could someone tell me where to put it please?
I'm having trouble working out the best way to ensure I have backups of my files - especially our family photos - whilst also making use of the network drive I've recently bought. Our home system is: one desktop (W7), two laptops (one W7 and one W8), an LG smart TV, iPods, smart phones and a WD MyBookLive. We want to be able to access the pictures, and more importantly movies, over the network - and we're hoping to be able to make use of the cloud access to the WD external drive to access photos when we're away from home (eg with grandparents who don't have computers/internet access).
In the past I've used Crashplan+ to keep a backup of pretty much everything we have on the desktop, and I'm happy with that service, but I seem to need to have 2 copies of each file if I want to run the system how we want it... one file on the desktop that is backed up via Crashplan offsite, and one file on the WD external drive that is available for remote access (because Crashplan doesn't seem to allow backups from an external drive). Obviously one problem with it is that if I edit the image on the desktop I have to remember to replace the image on the external drive with the new version, so I have to edit/sort through all images as soon as I put them on the desktop so I can copy them immediately to the external drive - either that or put them all across in their original state and them copy across and delete on the WD drive as/when I get time to edit the photos.
Hopefully that isn't as confusing as it looks, but basically what I'm after is this... is there any software I can get which will "mirror" any changes I make to certain files on my desktop computer and keep them updated on an external (networked) drive. I do use SkyDrive for some of our pictures, but I'm not sure if that keeps the pictures on my computer as well as "in the cloud", and although I might be being a bit of an old donkey about this I feel safer having a copy on my computer in case there's ever a problem with the cloud-stored files.
Sorry if that rambled on a bit, I wanted to put as much info as possible in the post - but if you do need more info on my system or anything, please ask.
Thanks in advance for your help.