how would you backup 1TB of data to dvds?

John Thompson john at
Sun Feb 10 02:04:14 UTC 2008

On 2008-02-09, Frank Cox <theatre at> wrote:

> On Sat, 09 Feb 2008 23:03:47 +0100
> Valent Turkovic <valent.turkovic at> wrote:
>> I don't want to use tape.

> I was never much of a fan of tape myself, either, having spent far too many
> hours trying to re-thread QIC tapes that ran off of its spool.  That's why,
> you'll notice, I use a fileserver to do backups.

QIC tape sucks. DLT is much nicer.

> The fileserver solution, though, is in my opinion the simplest of all.   My
> fileserver lives on top of a cement block in an out-of-the-way corner of my
> basement where it is cheerfully ignored.  Backups happen every night on
> schedule, I have reports of success, failure or "unusual circumstances" in my
> inbox every morning when I get up and check my email, and nothing else is
> required on my part at all.

I use a combination of both. Nightly backups are spooled to a file 
server, and a weekly cron job writes the previous week's backups to DLT 
tape for archiving.


John (john at

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