how would you backup 1TB of data to dvds?

mjwestkamper mjwestkamper at
Wed Feb 13 02:08:27 UTC 2008

I have a similar problem and solved it this way:

I got an old Compaq server from e-bay. populated it with a bunch of high 
capacity SATA drives and a SATA controller. Some limited sheet metal 
mods and a bit of velcro made it all fit.

Next loaded Linux on a small drive, 40GB. Made a soft RAID 5 array out 
of the other drives, 2TB.

I setup RSYNC to run on different places and put them in the appropriate 
CRON directory.

I setup a RSYNCD in each of the systems I wanted to backup. There is a 
great Windows version.

The system has been on line for a year. One SATA drive died and I 
hot-swapped it and continued on.

The key is cheap drives, rsync and Linux. The whole deal set me back 
less than a tape library.


Robert L Cochran wrote:
> Frank Cox wrote:
>> On Sat, 09 Feb 2008 22:33:00 +0100
>> Valent Turkovic <valent.turkovic at> wrote:
>>> You see, there are some of us who don't have money or don't want to give 
>>> it and are willing to find a different solution :)
>> Ah, but these days I back up my systems to an Intel SS-4000E fileserver.  And on
>> my old BBS, I got a Colorado tape backup system pretty much as soon as they
>> became available.
>> Point being, something like your scheme might do as a very short-term solution,
>> but it won't take very long before you're looking for a real backup solution
>> that doesn't take so much effort.  Or you will start looking for excuses to not
>> do your backup on the original schedule you had planned.
>> All of my backups are done for me, automatically and painlessly, overnight.
>> It took a bit of effort (and yes, a few dollars) to set things up this way but
>> I wouldn't have it any other way, now.
> I wonder why Valent has got to have DVD media? That's the interesting
> part -- the insistence on DVD. If one can afford a "home server" plus 1
> Tb disk storage plus an internet connection then I reason one can afford
> a USB external hard drive too. So it is hard to believe money is the issue.
> Bob Cochran

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