post what you do for your backup

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  1. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i got to thinking about backups lately because this douchebag from work was bragging about how many terabytes of space he has. i asked him how he backs it up and he said "i don't need to back it up because the drives are new and they last like 5 years"
    he didn't even know what a raid array was. total dumbass


    so, in my situation, currently my backup is not all that great. i have a server in my closet. it has the following:
    120gb [system] has a backup of stuff
    200gb [stuff] - programs, important things, mp3s, porn, norton ghost images, roms etc
    320gb [tivo] - keeps a backup of all my tivo recordings
    300gb [video] - this drive is a raid 1 array of 2 300gb drives. it holds all my xvids of my dvd collection (work in progress) & videos/shows i download


    see, the problem here is that i have no external backup. if my server gets a surge, all of that stuff is gone. i'm thinking of getting a 500gb drive, copying everything important to it and then shelving it. decent idea?
     
  2. bpfx

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    rsync to my server. Each sunday is a full backup on the server, and each night is an incremental. The backups are nothing but gzip'd tarballs.

    I'm about to buy a RAID shelf and use that instead.
     
  3. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    so no one else backs up?
     
  4. Zak8022

    Zak8022 New Member

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    Currently my work has a shitty system in place. We have all our files on a Raid5 NAS... and thats about it. No external backup. Occasionally i'll copy important stuffs to a removable drive, and back it up to my personal NAS at my house, but that is never very up to date. I view it more as a worst case scenario, we have something to fall back on.

    We need to implement some kind of better backup system. So, i'm in for other people's ideas as well.

    Dorkultra, maybe a NAS elsewhere in the house, with something running on your server to backup to the NAS on some schedule? I dunno what kinda money, if any, you are willing to spend to do this. NAS's are pricey, but worth it in my opinion. A homemade NAS might be a cheaper alternative if you have the hardware laying around, or don't mind futzing around with doing things yourself.
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I got a Seagate 750gb FreeAgent Pro.

    And I keep it unplugged when I'm not backing it up, just in case.
     
  6. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    I have a separate drive in my comp that is just used for holding my archives. About twice a year I'll burn a DVD of the really important stuff and put it in a drawer.
     
  7. Supernaut

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    I have the following drives in my PC:

    200GB
    250GB
    300GB
    2x500GB

    I also have FreeNAS running with a 500GB drive and my Xbox has a 400GB drive. Most of what I keep on the PC's drives are also kept on the NAS and Xbox. I also have a 500GB external drive I use to shuttle data to work via SyncBack, where I use a spare 1TB storage module of our SAN to backup my shit. I have a SDLT 160/320 tape drive at home and backup everything to tapes once every few months.

    So, between my PC, external drive, NAS and SAN I keep 4 copies of most of my data. Anything I deem less important is only kept on the PC and tape. It's a complicated backup process, but very redundant. My house could burn down and I wouldn't lose anything I would miss, really.
     
  8. Blazed Monkey

    Blazed Monkey It puts the lotion on its skin....

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    My setup:

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    12 HDD's total (C and D drive are split partitions of 1 drive), totalling 3.03TB. 98% of all that space used is TV shows I have download (62 complete series total) and 3 HDD's are just movies. I would say 90% of that I can easily get again from newsgroups if I ever have a HDD failure. I know this because I have burned through about 7 HDD's in the last 5 years of building up this PC, so I know what I can get back easily and what I can't. The other 8%, I back up to DVD-R's which I store in a hard shell case.

    So far, it has worked out well. There is really no other economical way for me to maintain the amount of on demand storage that I have and still have everything mirrored, so I just burn the hard to find/important stuff, and don't worry about the rest.
     
  9. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    C - 74GB Raptor (OS/Apps volume)
    D - 2 x 500GB mirror set (data)
    Y - 320GB holding tank for backups
    Z - 750GB SATA drive that lives in a water and fire resistant box unless connected to receive backups.

    The data is protected to a point by the mirror set.

    The more important and more often changed data (Outlook, Quickbooks, etc) gets zip'ed and thrown on the Y drive every night.

    Once a week or so, hook up the Z drive and manually image C and D to it using Acronis True Image. I keep 3-4 of the most recent ones. I also copy the accumulated zip files from Y to Z.

    I also occasionally update a small truecrypt file with just the MOST important data and throw it on a DVD-R and iPod just in case everything else goes to shit.

    The problem with automating backups is that the target media has to be online and thus vulnerable. The problem with offline backups is they can't be automated, at least not in a home/small office environment. Since hard drives are cheap, I figured I'd cover my bases with both.
     
  10. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    ^^^
    I forgot all about wanting to keep my 750gb backup drive in my firebox.
     
  11. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    What computer case did you fit all that in?

    :eek3:
     
  12. TomDlgns

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    holy fucking bump.

    prolly a server case
     

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