[TriLUG] Re: Dieing hard drive?
uncleben at mindspring.com
Tue Nov 30 11:22:19 EST 2004
Backups are well and good, and I think that everybody should do them.
However, the problem is that (especially for a 120GB HD) a backup system
with enough capacity is way too expensive. Seagate has/had an IDE Travan
tape drive for around $120, but that held 40GB max compressed. That's 3
tapes for a full backup of a 120GB drive. Now, yes, I can see you saying
that you don't need to backup everything. And I agree. However in a drive
that large, the OS probably only takes up about 2GB, say. Then you have all
of the additional software, almost all of which you can reinstall, yes, I
realize. But how about the config files? Data files? Databases?
Documents? MP3s, Ogg files, mpegs, pr0n, resumes, email, bookmarks,
contacts, gpg keyrings, desktop settings, etc, etc, etc.?
The fact is that a great deal of this data probably won't change. But if it
does, then you need to have a backup system with enough capacity to handle
even an incremental backup that is at least half of your drive space. A
home system won't need this as much, unless you're like me, and constantly
updating, adding services, testing new tools, etc. But the fact is that to
get a system with that kind of capacity is pretty salty.
Unless some of you know of an inexpensive backup system that is larger than
DVD and Travan tapes. By inexpensive, I mean less than $500. The $200 and
under range would be better, but I'm not keeping my hopes up too far.
"Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
> -----Original Message-----
> From: trilug-bounces at trilug.org [mailto:trilug-bounces at trilug.org]On
> Behalf Of Aaron S. Joyner
> Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 9:59 AM
> To: Triangle Linux Users Group discussion list
> Subject: Re: [TriLUG] Re: Dieing hard drive?
> Lance A. Brown wrote:
> >I ran the PowerMax tester. The short test failed, the long test found
> >errors and I went ahead and let it repair them. Supposedly the disk
> >passes the tests now, but I'm still leery.
> >I hate not being able to trust my system...
> <rant content=insightful>
> One word. Over and over. Backups, backups, backups, backups. Don't
> trust the system. Trust your backup and restore process because you've
> tested it, and are confident it works. Anything less is asking for
> Murphy to ruin your day.
> Aaron S. Joyner
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