how would you backup 1TB of data to dvds?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Wed Feb 13 05:01:39 UTC 2008

mjwestkamper wrote:
> 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.

You might also like backuppc ( It can 
use tar, smb, or rsync to for the backup tranfer, then compresses and 
links all duplicate files to save space and allow keeping a longer 
history online.  It also has a nice web interface to browse and restore 

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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