[lug] network drives as backup?

George Sexton gsexton at mhsoftware.com
Tue Jul 25 09:51:52 MDT 2006

I'm using external USB hard drives. I have 3 different ones, and I just 
rotate them. The two out of use ones are stored in a media grade safe.

I personally use BRU but I suppose other things would work too.

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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George Sexton
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