Re: Laptop tape backups
Quoting Mike Dresser <email@example.com>:
> Be wary of the Onstream units, at least the 30 gig unit, I had one years
> ago, and Onstream was not interested in fixing the lockups. As well,
> some google searching will show you just what people think of their
The early 30GB Onstream required special, proprietary drivers. The
later ones worked much better on Linux because the standard drivers
> Also, be wary of the Traven drives, I've replaced some of warranty
> replacements of warranty replacements. They're fine for about a year and
> then break.
I have a Seagate STT20000A Travan drive that has been doing daily
backups for four years.
> Look into DDS-4 drives, I believe the drives are around 600 apiece,
> and a cheap scsi card. Tapes are also MUCH cheaper, at about 10-15 dollars
> apiece. You could also get a DDS-3 for something like 350ish, and tapes
> are about 7.
People keep recommending this combination. I crunch the numbers and
I'll have to keep it for over a decade before the cheaper media saves
> I know the tapes are small, but DLT drives are horribly expensive.
In my experience, if I have to be present to change tapes, backups do
not get done often enough.
Amanda and it's rolling backups can spread a big hard drive across
several tapes. It does a full backup of one piece and incrementals of
the other pieces every run.
> You could get an external enclosure(5.25"), and then a USB 2.0 to scsi
> adapter.(usb 1.0 won't be able to keep up with the 2 meg a second datarate
> of a dds at full stream)