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Re: personal backup
From: Jake Khuon <khuon () NEEBU Net>
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2011 08:24:08 -0700

On Sat, 2011-08-13 at 09:13 -0500, Joe Greco wrote:

We used to use DVD's for off-site backup, but that's not been the best
of solutions.  I've been experimenting with external hard drives but
I am less comfortable with them; I've seen too many drives fail.  The
idea of letting them sit for awhile and praying they spin up later
bothers me.  :-)

I can understand that.  That's why I use a rotation and retention system
as well as two NASes syncing to one-another with the backups being
performed from the second NAS.  I treat them like I used to treat tape.
The onsites contain nightly incrementals as well as weekly full dumps.
These drives are rotated every week. Every month a copy of the latest
full dump is copied to another set of drives which are sent to offsite
storage.  I keep two copies offsite.  To implement this, I need a
minimum of nine USB drives.  I actually have 10 so I can have an extra
one onsite as a hardware replacement-spare.

Online    Nearline    Onsite       Offsite
Storage   Backup      Backup       Backup

                        |             ^
                        V             |
                      [USB8]          |
                        |             |
                        V             |

Nothing's perfect.  There's still risk but there's some amount of

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