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  1. #1
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    Feb 2004

    backup doubt


    i'm with a big doubt... hopefully someone can help me choose the best

    all the accounts on my server, compressed (tar.gz), has 5.2 GBs

    my server is at SM, and currently i'm using their backup drive (10 GBs - US$ 10,00)... my doubt is to:
    1) get a backup FTP for $5 (10 GBs) as showed on

    2) get a 40 GBs HD for US$ 10,00 setup + US$ 10,00/month at SM

    pros of 1:
    - it's not in the same physical location of my server... it's cheaper (not in quantity, but for $5 i'll be able to do all my backups for some time)

    cons of 1:
    - every time I backup the accounts, i "waste" 10 GBs of transfer (but i'm not running out of BW yet)

    pros of 2:
    - more space... i may not need even to compact, just to rsync the homedirs (that would be faster to put all the accounts back if something happens to my main HD)
    - transfers don't count bandwidth... i could backup everyday (currently I backup twice a week)

    cons of 2:
    - it's in the same rack (supposing it get on fire for example, i may loose the 2 HDs)

    what would you suggest if you must choose between one OR other?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    New Jersey

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    New York, NY
    Or get a remote account, and use rsync to keep bandwidth usage low. Rsync can easily cut down your transfer by a factor of 1000. We use rsync for daily backup.
    Scott Burns, President
    BQ Internet Corporation
    Remote Rsync and FTP backup solutions
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