Re: Storage for the home user.
- From: Dennis Willson <giganews@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 11:30:12 -0800
Well, ok, do what I did for home/small office. Build a Linux RAID NAS. Be sure to put the OS and SWAP file and a DIFFERENT drive/set of drives than the drives used to store the data. This gives your data maximum isolation. While OS corruptions and crashes don't happen often on Linux, they do happen.
I attached a tape library (jukebox) to the server via a SCSI card and backup from the local RAID to the tape. Other than tests, I have never had to restore from the tape. Using RAID 5 on the RAID array with at least one hot spare plus the copy on the orginal machine is pretty secure if your not doing off site disater recovery. Tape is actually the least reliable media, it's just easy to remove and ship off site. For the Windows boxes, I setup SAMBA on the Linux box and do network copies of the data to the RAID array. For my other Linux boxes I use NFS shares and copy via a daily cron job to the RAID array. I happen to have got the jukebox cheap from a company going out of business. Easy to find here in Silicon Valley.
Hope this helps a little. Dennis
Bruce L. Bergman wrote:
This newsgroup is aimed at the corporate arena - but us little people with SOHO and Residential needs also have a need to store ever-increasing quantities of data, too.
Will off the shelf NAS systems like the Buffalo TeraStation work for
backing up Windows boxen? Are there backup programs that are priced
for home use that can handle this duty transparently?
We have flavors of machines here from WinXP, WinME, Win 98, Win95, WFWG 3.11 all the way back to MS-DOS 6.22, and piles of 5" and 3" floppies. I want to round up all the files and messages that have been generated over the decades in one place. Most of it can be burned off to DVD-R for archiving, which will free up the NAS box for backup duties for 3 or 4 PC's in daily use.
Then I have to find a box that can do RAID 5 with a hot spare - and at first glance it doesn't look like the TeraStation is that box, no room for an internal spare drive. It also does not support any external tape or DVD drives for backup.
I'll learn Linux and build myself a NAS box if that's what it takes, and I might be able to build a Security Camera DVR in the same box that uses the same drive array.
Once upon a time, I had tape backups for the family's "business" machines - started with a Colorado tape drive, and the cost of the drives and media was very reasonable. I just looked at new MO and SDLT Jukeboxes, also new DAT and Ultrium tape drives, but there were far too many zeroes in the price tags.
This is progress? ;-P Prices are supposed to move DOWN as technology and density improves...
9GB native capacity for a MO cartridge is downright small when my desktop has a 160GB hard drive, the laptop is 60GB. And at $75 per cartridge, that starts adding up fast. SDLT is a little better, but...
Anyone know where I can get a 9-track open reel drive and a pile of BlackWatch tape cheap? ;-) For those prices, I can find and mount a tape or a DVD-R when I need an old file.
I have to do something - CD and DVD backups are a pain in the ass if you have to sit there and swap in fresh media all afternoon, so they never get done. And then there's the inevitable hard drive crash.
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