Gentoo Archives: gentoo-amd64

From: Gavin Seddon <gavin.m.seddon@×××××××××××××.uk>
To: gentoo-amd64@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-amd64] Re: initio seen, mt -f doesn't work
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 17:00:27
Message-Id: 1135011388.10967.34.camel@linuxstation
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-amd64] Re: initio seen, mt -f doesn't work by Drake Donahue
Will stick with 2.6 kernel and buy usb2 hard drive.

On Mon, 2005-12-19 at 10:45 -0500, Drake Donahue wrote:
> usb2.0 external hard drive has to be feasible. less than a $100 for 80gb. > nominal 60MB/sec. > usb2.0\1394b external hard drive. less than $300 for 300 gb. nominal > 60MB\80MB/sec. > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Brett Johnson" <brett@××××.com> > To: <gentoo-amd64@l.g.o> > Sent: Monday, December 19, 2005 9:28 AM > Subject: Re: [gentoo-amd64] Re: initio seen, mt -f doesn't work > > > > On Mon, Dec 19, 2005 at 10:23:56AM +0000, Gavin Seddon wrote: > >> The Fedora is 2.4 kernel which I will migrate to today and if this > >> doesn't solve my probs. I will swap my scsi controller. If I remove my > >> tape, what should I do with it? (don't be rude) > >> > >> I have been obsessed with backups since the time when I lost 2/3 of a > >> book and had to spend eternity recreating. Any 'better' removable > >> storage device suggestions are welcome. Bearing in mind it needs to > >> hold ~15Gb and a removable hd isn't feasible. > >> Gav. > > > > I am not sure what you're saying about migrating and removing the tape. > > If you mean you're going to install Fedora (2.4 kernel), then I would > > assume your tape drive will work fine. It appears that your scsi card is > > not fully supported in the 2.5/2.6 kernel. > > > > If you're looking for alternate solutions to use with gentoo/2.6 kernel, > > then I would suggest investing in a new scsi card. The tape drive and > > cable should be fine (assuming proper maintenance of the tape drive). > > > > I personally have moved away from tape for smaller data sets ( < 100GB > > ), as tape has some issues. First, you need to keep the tape head clean > > and second tape media has a limited useful life span. I have been > > burned a couple times by defective tape media in a restore situation. > > > > If an external hard drive is out, how about removeable hard drives? > > Remeber, the point of a backup is just to keep the data in multiple > > places. You can easily add a removeable drive cage to a system and > > purchase a couple extra caddy's. This way you can alternate between 2 > > or 3 removable hard drives for backup devices. Some removeable trays > > support key locks, in case you're worried about physical security. > > > > The method I use is the dar program in conjunction with cdrecord-prodvd. > > I create a full backup monthly, then create a weekly incremental against > > the full backup, and then daily backups against the weekly. This method > > only requires me to burn multiple dvd's once a month (as my monthly > > backup is in excess of 20GB). After that, I get away with one extra dvd > > per month (ymmv). For a recovery scenario, I may have to go through > > multiple restores to bring the system current, but thats a trade off I > > make to save on media. > > > > Those are just a few ideas. There are many other ways to backup data. I > > believe there is even an online service you can sign up for, and back up > > to their servers. IIRC you pay by the backup size in 10GB increments. > > > > Backup solutions are unique to each enviroment and use. > > Things to consider are; hard costs of backup hardware and media, time > > required to perform backup and does data have to be taken offline, ease > > and automation of backup, time required to restore data, ease and > > automation of restore, and physical storage of backup media (it doesn't > > do you any good to keep all your backups in the same building as the data > > if the building burns down). I am sure there are other factors too, this > > is just to give you an idea of things to think about when trying to > > come up with a new backup solution. > > > > Brett > > -- > > gentoo-amd64@g.o mailing list > > > > >
-- Dr Gavin Seddon School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, U.K. -- gentoo-amd64@g.o mailing list