backup solution for home FreeBSD server

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at
Fri Apr 6 06:46:52 UTC 2007

John Levine wrote:
>> I'm looking for an external backup solution for my FreeBSD file server. 
>> I want it to be pluggable via USB interface (I'd share it with a couple 
>> of servers). I'd also like to be able to move backups to an off-site 
>> storage, so external HDD won't probably work for me. My data size is 
>> currently about 50G, but I expect it to grow to about 250G. My price 
>> range is below $300.
> Get a couple of 150G USB disks.  They work great, you can use
> dump/restore or just pax -r -w to copy stuff to the disks.
> I'm a big fan of offsite storage, so I actually have three USB disks.
> I leave two plugged into the computer so it can dump on alternate
> nights, and put one in my bank safe deposit box.  Every week or so I
> take one of the two disks down to the bank and swap.
> R's,
> John

Have you also considered tape backup as well as standard disks? Tapes
are a bit more expensive, but overall a more static backup / archiving
solution than disks. Besides, they're cheaper in the long run from what


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