Ultimate Roon Backup

I suppose some people do this, but I don’t remember ever seeing it discussed.

Why not purchase a NUC to setup a second Roon core device, not for your vacation home, etc., but for a Roon backup device? For the price of a NUC, you can have an “almost” foolproof Roon backup.

Many of us already have a second Roon core on a computer or laptop. However, I would guess most people do not. You could purchase a NUC and install Roon and do a monthly or weekly restore from your “primary” Roon core device backup.

I know we all do Roon database backups for this purpose, but as we learned with Roon build 880, stuff happens. You can have a second Roon core device with automatic updates turned off and always have a “fall-back” position.

With the latest Roon build 884 all backups should be good back ups. However you never know when something else could go wrong. I guess you could say, why spend the money unless/until you have to? That would be valid.

If I didn’t already have a second Roon core on my laptop, I would consider doing this. Maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to build a NUC.

When at the mother-in-law’s house I use Roon running on my Dell laptop. I’m streaming Tidal and Qobuz, but mostly Tidal in this situation. I get internet via WIFI from my iPhone or iPad Verizon hotspot data. It works very well.

Would a NUC be able to do the same thing instead of the Dell?

Only proviso I can see is the WiFi performance of the NUC but you could fix that easily with a dongle

With a stream only situation you wouldn’t even need an internal SSD for music so the low form would do, even cheaper.

I am itching to build a NUC but while my current core is ok I can’t see the need.

I deal with “holidays” with a 256 SD card with a limited library and Bluetooth phones .i am 3 parts deaf anyway :crazy_face:


I have an online storage locker I keep my backups in. I have 2tb I can use for whatever and I do. I have to do a bit of gymnastics to get it working because it isn’t dropbox. But it’s good to be a nerd. Dropbox is already baked in here. Had I not had my current service I would have done that.

I’m getting to the point, I don’t want to manage backups of backups. I’ll let an online storage place deal with RAID and availability.
I’ll scramble for hardware if my “core” goes down.

I effectively do this, as I have two NUCs with identical hardware.
However the image on the backup ROCK server didn’t help with the B880 update fail, as although a year old, it was still carrying the corruption that causes B88x to halt dead.

Once I have my new, “start from a fresh” build on B88x, I will be taking a backup and restoring it to my backup ROCK server, hoping that lighting doesn’t strike twice in the same place!
Still rebuilding my Playlists and identifying my Music Library.


Once you restore a backup it will be looking for the storage location, if thats not on a NAS then it might all be offline music.

Also a restore also names the core the same thing.

I have two silent NUCs. While the spare is a lower spec and is being used for other purposes right now it’s job is to be there if my main machine fails. It cost me £35 for a NOS OEM 5i3 board and £45 for a B stock Akasa Plato case (damaged back plate). Memory and M.2 were spares I had in the house. The damaged back plate was for the gen 5 NUC with HDMI and DisplayPort. The back plate for mine (2x DisplayPort) was unmarked.

Redundant hardware can’t save you from software errors.

I just did another restore of my Dell laptop using last night’s backup from my Nucleus. It did change the name to Nucleus. I had to reset some of the settings and change the name to Dell Laptop. Not a problem.

I also had to delete the scheduled backups since they were not appropriate for the Dell.

For some reason, when I did a restore of my Dell Roon core, I could not remember how I did it before, so I copied the Roon backups from the Nucleus attached USB drive to my Dell laptop and restored from there. While that worked fine, it was cumbersome and took a long time.

Just now, I went into Windows Explorer and mapped a network drive (F) to my Nucleus attached USB drive where all the backups are stored. That drive immediately showed up in my Nucleus backups manager. So, next time I want to restore the Dell Roon core, it will be a simple matter.

This is probably obvious to the computer people among you.

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