Re: Preferred Backup Method?
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On Tue, Dec 04, 2007 at 04:04:47PM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
> On 12/04/07 15:09, Michael Pobega wrote:
> > What is d-u's preferred method of backups? Now that I'm running servers
> > on my system (Apache, MySQL, SSH, etc.) I need to find a good method of
> > backing up, because no matter how much security someone has things may
> > still go wrong.
> > So list your preferred methods of creating/restoring backups and the
> > pros and cons. Thanks!
> *Much* more information needed.
Sorry, I wasn't thinking.
> How much stuff? 50MB? 5GB? 500GB? 5TB?
80GB HDD. It isn't full, of course, but that's the maximum (Currently
about 45 GB)
> How compressible is it? Text/MySQL files or MP3s and JPGs?
I wouldn't know the answer to that questions.
> How important is it? Your own stuff, or a business' stuff?
It's pretty important; It's my own stuff, it has all of my school work,
programming work, pictures, videos, and configuration files on it.
> How big of a window do you have to back it up? 30 minutes at 23:15,
> and you're fired if it goes past midnight? All night between 17:30
> and 07:30?
A weekly night-backup would be my preferred method.
> How often will the lusers will "Michael, this stupid computer ate my
> work. Bring it back!!" (Meaning, of course, that they
> stupidly/carelessly deleted/overwrote it.) If it's a database, will
> the developers want regular copies restored for testing?
It's just my own stuff...The odds are probably low of someone deleting
my work by accident, but better safe than sorry.
> Frequency? Nightly, weekly, every-other-day?
> Retention? Keep backups for a month? Quarter? Year? 7 years?
I'd probably keep backups for two weeks, so I've have two backups at any
> Budget? Always a killer...
I have another laptop sitting around with a 60GB HDD; Could I use that
as a backup?
Otherwise all I have is a 4GB pendrive and no money (But I could get my
hands on an 80GB External HDD easily)
> As for backing it up, tar. Works like a champ.
Just `tar -cvvf backup-`date`.tar /`? Is it really that simple?
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