Backup media choices for FreeBSD servers

Chris Kottaridis chriskot at
Tue Apr 24 15:58:10 UTC 2007

It's true, but amanda allows for a holding disk that the backups get
sent to, so the dumps themselves don't take so long. So, the other
machines that are being backed up, and do the real work in house, don't
take any longer then when I had a tape drive on the backup host. From
the holding disk on the backup machine they get dumped to the USB
external disk drive and it's not real important how long that takes,
it's true you would want it done before the next backup started though.
I don't use the backup machine for too much more then just doing the
backups. It's an old relatively slow desktop machine that was put out of
use when we got some upgraded machines. The stats from amanda show that
things have settled down to average backing up something like 10 GB a
day and that seems to take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours which isn't a

    Chris Kottaridis    (chriskot at

On Tue, 2007-04-24 at 12:08 +0700, Olivier Nicole wrote:
> > Since tapes get expensive and disks are relatively cheap I went out and
> > bought a 300 GB USB disk drive for about $90.00. Right now I have amanda
> > configured to back things up onto 6 "virtual tapes" each of about 40GB,
> USB is a nice and cheap solution, as long as you don't have too much
> data to back-up every time.
> If you have 40GB per day, that would take 10 hours... a bit too much
> :)
> Olivier
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