How to Easily Backup Your Seedbox Files
There are multiple ways to backup your seedbox and in this tutorial, I will show you a quick and easy setup that you can have up and running in just a few minutes. Here is a brief walkthrough on how to backup your seedbox using a program called Resilio Sync. I’ll go into it deeper below.
- Install Resilio Sync on your seedbox
- Install Resilio Sync on your local computer or mobile device
- Create a new shared folder through the desktop application
- Copy the folder key
- Add new shared folder on seedbox hosted Resilio Sync
- Paste folder key from the desktop folder
- The two folders are now synched and any files will be transferred to your local machine or external hard drive.
Why Backup Your Seedbox
If you’re just using your seedbox to build ratio or sharing files you may not be interested in backing up your seedbox.
But if you’re anything like me, you use your seedbox for a whole lot more than that. Planning, organizing and running a finely tuned seedbox can end up involving a lot of time. It would really suck to have to wipe it all clean and start from scratch.
Here are a few reasons why I like to back up my seedbox.
Changing Seedbox Providers
When I first started out with seedboxes I tried a couple of different hosts before I finally landed at Dediseedbox. I think it’s good to explore your options and see which seedbox provider is the best fit.
But what happens when you have picked a home base, and after months of downloading you decide that you want to change providers? You have a ton of time, energy and entertainment just sitting there on your old server.
It takes a long time to download or transfer 2TB worth of TV shows all at once. By backing up the data as it’s added this task is much more manageable. Now if you choose to change services you can take your collection with you.
FYI: Some seedbox providers WILL help you transfer your data to their servers. Just send a support ticket before you sign up and see what information they need.
Viewing Your Seedbox Files Offline
I essentially keep two copies of my seedbox files. One lives on the seedbox servers and feeds my Plex and seeding requirements. The other one on a 4TB external hard drive in my office. Whenever something is added or removed it is reflected on both devices.
This allows me to still use my media even if the internet goes down or I am traveling somewhere that doesn’t have an internet connection.
Once the connection is established it really is a “set it and forget it” method to keep your files and media libraries up to date for offline use.
Use the Files You Have Downloaded
I’m a big fan of online marketing courses. Although they are made up of primarily video files, Plex isn’t able to properly sort and display them.
This makes them difficult to view while they are on the seedbox. So I have created a folder that automatically backs up the courses that I really want to dive deeper into.
This is all done with very little interaction from me. All I do is move the folder that I want to save to a specified shared folder on the seedbox server. Next thing I know I have a perfect, well organized offline backup of the files from my seedbox.
This is also helpful for any software that you may have downloaded so you can actually install and use it.
How to Backup Your Seedbox Files
Note: Although this can be set up can be used at any time to backup your seedbox I really suggest that if possible you do it before you have accumulated a lot of media. The whole system works best when you drip-feed data to be backed up as you download it. As I mentioned before it takes a long time to backup even 1TB of data at 10mbs.
Setting up the File Structures
Let’s assume that you’re going to be starting with a fresh seedbox. The first thing you’ll want to do is log into your seedbox and launch ruTorrent. You can also login via FTP if you prefer that. All we want to be able to do is create a few directories.
In ruTorrent click on the File Manager tab and navigate to your main directory (where everything you download lives until you organize it)
Now I plan on using this folder to house and host all of the media I want to stream to Plex. To do this I need to create a file structure that Plex with recognize.
Create a folder named “Plex” with five sub-folders. I named my five subfolders…
You can customize your folder structure to whatever fits your needs. Just be sure that they are the same on both the seedbox and whatever machine you’re backing your seedbox up to.
Mine looks something like this…
Now you’ll want to duplicate this folder structure on whatever device you want to keep your backed-up media on. In my case, I am using a 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable external hard drive that I picked up at Walmart for $80.
Once you have the proper folders in place on both the server and the seedbox you can move on to installing the software we will be using to backup our files.
Installing Resilio Sync on Your Seedbox
You will need to install Resilio Sync two times. Once on your seedbox and once on the server or computer that you want to keep your backed up seedbox files on.
Most seedbox providers will have a selection of apps that you can install on your box. I’m using Dediseedbox and my screen looks likes this.
Scroll down until you find the app named Resilio and click the install button.
Once it is finished installing it should redirect you to your installed applications page.
Find Resilio and launch the application. It should open in a new tab in your browser.
Create a username and password that will be used to login to Resilio Sync from your seedbox.
I like to write down all of my seedbox related usernames, passwords, and other technical data and keep it separate from my other projects.
As you begin installing more apps and making your seedbox even better you will end up with a lot of different information for each app. This just makes it so I’m a little more organized as my box grows.
Select Sync for home use and it will bring up a screen asking you to choose a name when you are sending files. I just used the same one that used for my username. But enter anything that you want.
Be sure to check the terms of service boxes and then click the get started button.
It will then ask you to login using the credentials that you established a few steps back
Once you’ve logged in it will redirect you to the Resilio application. You have successfully installed and set up Resilio Sync on your seedbox. Now let’s move on to the desktop install.
Installing Resilio Sync on Your Desktop
For this next step, the first thing you will want to do is download and install Resilio Sync on your home computer.
You can access the link to download the software.
Once you click the free download button, select the “Home Use” option and it will download the file.
Launch the Resilio Sync installer and allow the following permissions.
Once Resilio Sync is installed you will see a familiar screen asking you to choose a name to show when you send and receive files.
I believe it will default to whatever your system name is so I changed my to be “Desktop Backup”. Again, you can choose any name that you want.
After choosing your shared name check the terms of service box and click the get started button.
This will open up the main interface for the desktop installed Resilio Sync. You should now have two instances of Resilio Sync installed. One on your seedbox, and one on your home computer (or wherever).
Setting up Synched Folders
Now the fun starts. We need to set up some folders to share. Once its set up any time a change is made to either folder or subfolder it will reflect on both your seedbox and your seedbox backup.
Open your desktop Resilio application and click on the gear icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Now change the default folder location and the file download location to the top folder on your machine that we created earlier. For this example, I named it “Plex” and it contains the five subfolders Movies, TV, Music, Courses, and Software.
In this menu, you can also disable notifications among other things.
The next step is to click the plus sign in the top left-hand corner of the screen. This allows you to create a new folder.
Select the Standard Folder option and in the popup window navigate to the top folder where you want to backup your seedbox (*./Plex). Do not double click and enter the folder. Just click once to get it selected. Then hit the select folder button.
Your shared folder on Resilio is now created and it’s time to ad some permissions.
There are a lot of things that you can do here that involve sharing files with other people. For the sake of this tutorial, I am not going to get into that.
In this menu, just make sure that the “Read Only” box is checked and then click on the “Key” button.
Resilio will now show you two keys. They resemble software keys, but this is how Resilio knows who to communicate with.
Copy the “Read Only” key to your clipboard and jump on over to the Resilio interface that is hosted on your seedbox.
From the main menu click the plus sign.
This time instead of selecting standard folder we’re are going to select the ‘Enter a key or link” button and paste in the key that we got when we created the folder in Resilio on our desktop
Next, you will select the folder that you want to share on the seedbox. Navigate back to the first set of folders that we created on your seedbox and select the top folder(*./Plex).
Congratulations! Your seedbox is now set up to automatically sync and update.
On the main screens of both Resilio apps, you will see your shared folder along with a green checkmark. This lets you know that everything is working!
I hope that this guide was able to help you out with backing up your seedbox. There are multiple ways to do this but I have found this to be the easiest so far.
If you have any suggestions or I made any errors that you noticed please drop me a note in the comments.
And if you have a better way to backup a seedbox please let me know!