I am looking for an offsite backup option for my PC and need to backup 400-500 gb of data. Most of this data is fairly static so the differential data amounts should be more limited.
Services like Mozy or Carbonite are interesting, but that initial load kills it for me and in the event that I ever need to restore data, I will be at it for a long time as well.
A coworker and I were thinking about both building very small machines. I have priced out a low end Atom with a 640 gb 2.5 inch drive for about $260. (Not including the windows license but I have multiple MSDN subscriptions.)
If I use Windows Live Sync (aka Mesh), I can perform my initial sync locally. Then my co-worker and I will swap machines. He keeps my machine at his house and I keep his at mine. We live about 20 miles apart but both work at the same location.
Thoughts? Does this sound like a good or horrible plan?