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Date:      Sun, 28 Dec 2003 13:37:52 -0500
From:      Chuck Swiger <>
To:        Joachim Dagerot <>
Subject:   Re: What logs etc do I need to checkfrequently?
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Joachim Dagerot wrote:
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> I realise you are right. The thing is that this is a home system and I
> have (had!) around 230 GB of data that was non-replicable. I am not
> aware of a deasent backup system that can handle that amount of data.

There are three main alternatives:

1) hard drives -- get another HD or two and back up all data from your main 
filesystem daily via cron (perhaps locally, perhaps to a second machine); very 
cheap but iffy reliability...more of a "hot spare" solution than a true backup 
solution, but reasonably effective.

2) DVD burner -- cheap, limited media capacity but you can burn 20-odd DVD's 
(modulo achieved compression ratio) in a sane amount of time

3) tape-- main candidates are probably sDLT (up to 320GB per tape capacity) or 
maybe Ultrium (LTO?)...expensive (~ $3000+), best reliability by far, and best 
support for incremental backups to conserve media costs


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