[TriLUG] Hard drive recovery
oberry at trilug.org
Tue Aug 30 09:38:55 EDT 2005
Actually, the strategy you describe below is what I will be employing. Up
until now I have been doing the regular CD/DVD backup, but, as can be seen
by my hard drive dying recently, this is not frequent enough. A daily copy
to an external drive, in addition to the regular DVD backup should meet my
On Mon, Aug 29, 2005 at 04:54:53PM -0400, Pat Regan wrote:
> Kevin Otte wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 29, 2005 at 09:32:00AM -0400, Owen Berry wrote:
> >> I would classify it as delayed remote raid. :-) Not a backup, but useful.
> > Very useful.
> Quite useful, but still scary :).
> > I have a cron job that does this via rsync with SSH keys every night. Disks
> > are cheap. The script is simple. While it may not qualify as a full backup
> > to the "enterprise" geeks here, it definitely saves some serious headache.
> The first rule to follow to greatly improve the quality of a backup is
> to seperate the read/write mechanism from the media. I use hard drives
> for backups myself, but only for short term. DVD burners and media are
> quite cheap (at least 4x media is cheap, probably 8x by now).
> I trust my mirror plus my extra backup drive with my data for about a
> week to a month, usually (My backup drive is sized right that it can be
> wiped and used as a spare for the mirror). I might be more paranoid if
> I didn't mirror my revision control repositories to my web space and usb
> drive, though. :)
> Anywho, I am babbling. All I am trying to say is that if you really
> want to keep your data safe, you can get a 60 dollar DVD burner and a
> 100 disc spindle for less than a hard drive and USB enclosure. The
> capacity is not the same, but most people don't actually have 4.3 gig of
> data that actually needs to be backed up.
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