[lug] network drives as backup?

Paul E Condon pecondon at mesanetworks.net
Mon Jul 24 23:21:51 MDT 2006

For backup, I use a cast off PC with a WD 250GB HD (new, this size
is not yet showing up in dumpsters). I use NFS. To get a decent xfer
rate, I uses async xfer. I get ~1.4MB/s xfer rate. I don't worry
about hot-plug, removable bay, etc. This is strictly a low cost hack.
The HD cost $100 for WD Store. I'll buy more as I need them. 

On Mon, Jul 24, 2006 at 09:04:56PM -0600, D. Stimits wrote:
> I find myself possibly in need of a cheap backup device, and options 
> like tape drives are way out of my price range. One possibility that I 
> find interesting are network drives, not the expensive RAID stuff, but 
> simple things like the LinkSys EFG120/EFG250 or NSLU2.
> I hesitate though, as I suspect there are lots of gotchas. For example, 
> the specs seem to indicate that they run a windows filesystem, and 
> probably require SAMBA or some such nonsense. It'd also be nice if such 
> a device had the option of doing DHCP and bootp/PXE, but probably not 
> many can do this. Any suggestions in this area?
> I'm not wild about the idea of using CD's or DVD's as a backup medium, 
> but if I did, is there a simple way to restore from these, e.g., maybe 
> amanda software works with this?
> I'm actually tempted to just add a removable bay hard drive in such a 
> way that I could back up data but not do a real restore from it (the 
> advantage of being able to plug it in to any machine and copy over).
> D. Stimits, stimits AT comcast DOT net
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Paul E Condon           
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