[list] [ale] Need advice on home back-up solution
esoteric at 3times25.net
Sun Sep 28 16:14:19 EDT 2003
> Since the $/GB factor seems in many respects to favor hard drives,
> why don't you install a removable hard drive bay and buy another HD ?
> That is what I did for a friend recently. I installed 2 hard drives
> in a software RAID mirror configuration. When he leaves for the
> weekend, he powers down the file server, takes out the 2nd HD and
> places it into a fire proof safe. The removable hard drive bays are
> about $15 to $35 in cost. They use a key to lock down the HD upon
> insertion. The solution seems to fulfill all of his needs, which
> seem to reflect yours.
First of all, that sounds like a big pain in the ass. :) Further, a
harddrive just isn't as durable as a tape. You probably don't want to
chunk the tape backup into the trunk of your car, but you could. I
wouldn't do that with the drive. I guess it also depends on how you
feel about having an offsite backup. If your drives are all in the same
place, you're not protected. Sure, the cost of a big drive is cheaper
than a tape device, but that drive will eventually fill up, unless
you're just blowing away your previous backup, which would mean you
don't have a very robust backup solution. If you cost out drives vs.
tapes per gig, I suspect you'll eventually win on the tape side.
My backups are cdr's cause I'm too cheap to purchase a tape drive and do
want to be able to take it off site easily. I plan on moving to dvd in
the future, but I've got to price that out.
Until later, Geoffrey esoteric at 3times25.net
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