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  1. #1
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    backing up a 500MB site?

    what is the best way to backup a 500MB website?
    the software would have to have the ability to auto-re-establish connection as the transfer would likely take several hours...

    Also, would this transfer count against my bandwidth?

  2. #2
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    Depending on the quality of the datacenter your hosting is at it may take from 10 minutes (yes, 10 minutes) to 10 hours. And it will deduct from your bandwidth.

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    If your hosting company's ftp server has resume enabled then it could be easy if the connection gets broken, if not it could be a major problem.
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    I assume your site consists of lot of multiple files and not just a single file.

    The best way to go about doing this would be to download the files via FTP to your own PC.

    Seperately backup your databases and filters etc.

  5. #5
    Clients like filezilla are more usefull for the resuming the download. Since it supports transfer resuming and files larger than 4 GB
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    The server also needs to support resume in order FileZilla to resume a download. Some servers support resume and some do not.
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  7. #7
    try DriveHQ.com
    maybe it can help you. you can backup your site with backup software.
    it also give you FTP server.

  8. #8
    Do you have SSH? I suggest archiving your website to a single file - this way you will be able to download the file way faster via FTP or you can even download it via HTTP. Anyway if you have SSH access browse to where the main folder of your domain/subdomain is and run the following command:
    tar -cf folder.tar folder/

    Where folder.tar is the name of the archive and folder is the name of the folder where your files are.
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  9. #9
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    If your current host uses cpanel then search the net for a cpanel backup script so you can crontab your backups. Then get yourself another hosting account. Yes, that means investing a few more dollars per month. Have those backups transferred to that hosting accountvia FTP or even better rsync. Yes, the data transferred would count towards total bandwidth used.

  10. #10
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    It depends on the control panel you use, if you are using C-Panel you can choose to do a backup of your site that will be sent to the root folder, after the operation is over you can copy the backup file to your computer through an FTP app.

    Regards,

  11. #11
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    Ok I had 'some' success using FTP SYNCHRONIZER, but there seems to be 1 major problem.

    I have a couple of image folders with nearly 5000 files each. There seems to be a limit of exactly 1998 files which can be transferred from each folder. First, is there any way around this?

    Second, suppose I do tar the public_html folder, or use c-panel to do a backup that will be sent to the root folder...will it get *all* the files, or will it also truncate these image folders?

    Thanks!

  12. #12
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    why not slipt the music folders online itself.. create subfolders and dump the files in them, that way you can have five folders of 1000 each

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    If your current and new host uses cPanel you can transfer your account from one host to another. Ask your new host if can do it for you.
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  14. #14
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    If your host has good support they should transfer your site for you, this will be alot quicker and save you the hassle. If not the cPanel backup feature does exactly what it says and will back up all your files although it may take a while you can just leave it to get on with it.
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